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How to Choose Between DIY or Professional Carpet Cleaning

Many folks are quite hesitant to hire a professional carpet cleaner. Is it really worth it to pay to clean your carpets? Unfortunately, the mainstream carpet cleaning industry has established a less than desirable reputation for itself with gimmicks, bait-and-switch tactics, and unremarkable customer service.

Plus, the rentable carpet cleaner and “heavy-duty” carpet stain treatments you can purchase at your local supermarket were an attempt to put the power back in the hands of the customer. In the end, however, this one-size-fits-all approach has only caused more problems.

The good news is that there are locally-owned, expertly trained, and highly-rated companies that aim to exceed your expectations in caring for your investment in your home’s carpeting. For example, Allklean in Washington and Idaho hits all the right notes with excellent quality service and superior customer service. With that in mind, here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding what to do with your dirty carpets.

A Professional Service will Deliver Professional Results

Professional carpet cleaners are trained to handle the staining, odors and traffic wear that inspired you to clean your carpets in the first place. They will know what to do, and more importantly, what not to do, while treating your carpets. A good company will also know when to recommend replacing a carpet when the potential results of a cleaning may not meet your expectations.

Be Wary of Internet Advice

At Allklean, we regularly get calls from customers who have already tried several different methods of treating stains themselves. They are calling a professional because they have already tried several different combinations of baking soda, vinegar, Resolve, and OxiClean, and the stain still looks the same (or possibly worse with baking soda caked on).

While the internet may have recommended each of these treatments individually, combining products in the same area can actually set a stain and make it impossible to remove, even with the best professional products and equipment. Plus, carpet comes in different material make-ups and each stain has some individual characteristics.

As helpful as Google can be, it cannot see the stain or the carpet, which is necessary for effective treatment of the stain. For example, a wool carpet and a nylon carpet require different products and cleaning techniques to properly treat a stain. So we must recommend caution for DIY carpet cleaning–we have seen the damaging results first-hand!

What About Renting Carpet Cleaning Machines?

Rentable carpet cleaning machines have notoriously poor suction and low water temperature, which will leave your pet stained carpets wet and soapy after a cleaning. This residual moisture often causes the problem to spread and absorb into the carpet pad, turning a few mild pet stains into a much bigger and smellier issue than before the do-it-yourself cleaning.

A professional carpet cleaning technician, on the other hand, will arrive equipped with a powerful, truck-mounted cleaning system that can rinse and extract the pet stained areas instead of spreading them and potentially making the odor worse.

Professional carpet cleaners that specialize in pet urine treatment, such as Allklean, will also treat the affected areas with high-quality enzymes to break down the urine and help release it from the carpet. So it is really best to avoid renting equipment at all!

Save Time and Hassle with a Trusted Professional Service

Professional carpet cleaners have the equipment, systems, and procedures to make the cleaning process as comprehensive and efficient as possible. An experienced technician will spend much less time cleaning your carpets than you will trying to clean it yourself.

The more powerful extraction on professional, truck-mounted equipment removes the vast majority of the water applied to the carpets during the cleaning which will allow them to dry faster. This way, you and your family can go back to life-as-usual without waiting days for your carpets to dry.  And old, set-in stains are less likely to reappear when your carpets dry quickly.

This is especially important in carpeted basements where mold and mildew can develop easily. A more powerful rinse and extraction system also means that product residue is fully removed from the carpet. This will help leave the carpets soft and prevent them from resoiling quickly.

Professionals Offer Added Protection for Superior Longevity

Another unique perk of hiring a quality professional carpet cleaning company is that they can apply Scotchgard to your carpets to protect against everyday stains, spills, and wear from foot traffic. Most new carpet is pre-treated with stain protection but will wear off after a year or two of regular use, especially in highly trafficked areas like hallways, stairs, and entryways.

The Scotchgard protection your carpet cleaning professional will apply is very different from what you can buy at the store and apply yourself. Store-bought Scotchgard is silicone-based, which can leave a filmy, sticky residue on your carpets and upholstery.

The professional-grade Scotchgard is water-based, which allows the protection to bind itself to the carpet fiber without any noticeable residue. A professional will also apply the Scotchgard using pressurized sprayers that ensure the Scotchgard is applied thoroughly and evenly to the carpets.

So what’s the Verdict on hiring vs. DIY?

Whether you decide to hire a professional carpet cleaner or take on the project yourself, make sure the money you spend returns the most value. In most cases, hiring a professional will save you time and money in the long run. Do-it-yourself methods often cause more problems than they fix, so consider making a smarter investment in a professional service for better results and peace of mind.

Once you’ve decided to hire a professional, how do you know you are choosing the right company? Use the numerous resources the internet provides to help you find a trustworthy, quality company that cares about their clients and the work that they do.

Ask about their satisfaction guarantees, and know that a trustworthy company will never make lofty promises. Compare prices but keep in mind that the old adage, you get what you pay for, usually holds true. Read reviews, ask for recommendations, and invest in a company that will take care of you and your carpets in the long run.

Check Out Allklean in Washington and Idaho

Looking for the best professional carpet cleaner with locations in Washington and Idaho? Call Allklean for a no-cost consultation. With locationsin both Washington and Idaho, including Port Falls, Coeur D’Alene, Hayden, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Green Acres, and Liberty Lake, Allklean is available to serve you with distinction.

We’re professionals with exceptional equipment, unrivaled industry experience, and stellar customer satisfaction. We are fairly priced, offer the highest quality results, and are always friendly and professional.

Allklean makes every interaction smooth, easy, and of the highest quality. All our prices are clearly laid out online and we offer free, no-commitment estimates for the specific needs of each job before we get to work. Plus, we boast an unrivaled perfect 5-star rating with nearly 400 Google reviews to date!