Carpet cleaning is a necessity for your health, especially if you suffer from allergies. Even if you don't, it is also important to keep the air you breathe in your home--not to mention people who regularly come over to visit--clean.  Plus it makes your carpet more attractive.  In fact, there are apartments whose leases require that your carpet is cleaned at least once every year. This post will present a strong case for using a carpet cleaning service, instead of doing it yourself.   

Professional Steam Cleaning Benefits

According to About.com carpet expert Cheryl Simmons, a professional carpet cleaning service will use a truck-mounted hose that will go into multiple apartments within a given complex.  They also use portable machines but are more skilled at their use.  They know exactly how much cleaning fluid to use because only a certain amount can be used.  Otherwise, you run the risk of over-wetting the floor.  If the water is too wet, it may be harder to get the water up and your carpet could mildew, which could leave you in worse condition than if the carpet were not cleaned at all.

The right temperature

The second benefit is that a professional carpet cleaning service will understand that a carpet cleaner must be heated to a certain temperature in order to be effective.  Failure to heat it to that temperature can result in an inefficient cleaning job.  This is because that without heating to the temperature required to be effective can result in water not being removed efficiently enough.  If water is not removed easily, then neither is the dirt.  The dirt, consequently, will remain in the air and continue to affect the residents' health negatively.

Faster & More Efficient

The third benefit is that professional carpet cleaning is on the whole faster and more efficient.  They can treat carpets more efficiently than their DIY counterparts.  A professional carpet cleaner understands the tested and proven methods associated with their trade.  They use equipment and methods that have been tested and approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute.  They use portable machines which are strong suction vacuum cleaners that allow deep cleaning because they extract dirt and dust mites that are hidden to the naked eye but can still be allergenic to some people. 

Save time

The fourth advantage to professional carpet cleaning over DIY is that you save yourself a lot of back breaking labor.  The cleaners--at least the ones who work for the best companies--are required to move your furniture themselves--without charging you a dime.  Otherwise, if you decide to do it yourself, you will have to do the same exercise every few months, and have to risk damaging your back by bending and by carting heavy furniture across the floor.  

The fifth benefit

It improves air quality indoors.  DIY machines, sorry to say, are not as good because they don't do the deep cleaning necessary for the improvement of the air quality in your home. You may think that a good old fashioned vacuuming or use of a DIY machine can clean your carpet.  It only does a surface cleaning, which extracts only the dust you can see.  What you want is a more thorough cleaning.  It is worth the money that you will spend in the long run.

Sixth and last but not least...

Professional carpet cleaners guarantee their work.  The best ones will send their workers out to give you a complimentary cleaning if for some reason you are dissatisfied with the quality of their work.  For example, if they left too much water, and your floor is excessively wet after their cleaning, they will give you a free or half-price recleaning. How do you find these who will do this?  You have to ask around until you find a service that answers "yes" to the question of is there a guarantee.

Putting It All Together

You very well may have to spend some money to get a professional carpet cleaning versus doing it yourself.  But think of it as an investment in your health, as well as your family's. You will save money on doctor's visit due to visits to the allergists and lung specialists later down the line because you continued to breathe in dust and other air pollutants.  Clearly, utilizing professional carpet cleaning services is the way to go.

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