Before You Rent a Carpet-Cleaning Machine

Step 4: Use the BISSELL Rental Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine to clean your carpets.
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Going the DIY carpet cleaning route with a carpet cleaner rental may be tempting, but to keep your carpets looking new and minimize wear and tear, sometimes it's best to hire professional carpet cleaners.
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Buying a carpet cleaner can help one save money. A one time purchase is, obviously, more expensive than a one time rental fee. To maintain clean , however, owning a cleaner proves to be less expensive than renting one over time. Buying a cleaner that has the accessories that one requires is an investment that is overall less costly than renting all of the extras each time. Cleaning fluids can also be bought in bulk to save money. When your carpet needs a deep cleaning, consider renting a carpet steam cleaner.
Photo provided by FlickrIf you do decide to purchase or rent a carpet cleaning machine, here are some things to consider:
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A It is possible to clean carpet reasonably well with a machine you rent. That said, you should also recognize that a good professional probably would do a better job. And if you anticipate tackling the job frequently on your own, you might be better off buying a deep-cleaning machine, which works similarly to the rental machines.One factor that dragged down the score for the rental machines: Their quality varied considerably. If you're a novice at carpet cleaning, this is a big issue. If a machine not in good repair dumps too much detergent onto the carpet, for example, you might just keep going, assuming that's what it's supposed to do.Professionals with truck-mounted equipment have the edge in several ways. Because they clean carpets day after day, they aren't as likely to make mistakes such as using too much detergent or neglecting to rinse away all residue. Also, the trucks deliver hot water, which boosts the detergent's effectiveness. With a rental machine, the best you can do is to pour hot water into the mixing tank and hope it doesn't cool off too much as you clean. Finally, professionals benefit from having more powerful vacuum systems. Because they remove more water, it's possible to rinse more thoroughly. The amount of water flowing through carpet fibers is the most important factor that determines whether a cleaning is thorough, Shaw's researchers found. Plus, the professional vacuums leave the fibers dryer, so the room can get back in use faster.Carpet manufacturers generally recommend professional cleaning of carpets every 12 to 18 months. But if you have indoor pets, track in oily dirt from a garage floor, or find lots of sticky things spilled on your carpet, renting a machine or buying one for interim cleanings makes sense. If, after several DIY cleanings, the fibers don't seem to be as clean as they once were, you can always call in a pro for a more thorough job.If you compare all the numbers, you realize that you could rent a machine nine times for the price of one professional cleaning for part of a house. And for not all that much more, you could buy a home machine to use whenever you want. So it's a good question whether frequent cleaning with a "very good" or even a "good" machine leaves the carpet cleaner than if you save up for periodic professional cleaning, even if it is more thorough. Over time, oils build up on carpeting. That is something a vacuum cleaner can’t touch. These oils can originate from such things as cooking, pets and spills. Eventually, the presence of these oils will cause discoloration in the carpet, making it look old and dingy. By renting a carpet cleaner you can properly remove the oils and enhance the lifespan of your carpet, leaving it looking new once again.