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Carpet Cleaners: To Buy, or To Hire?

Carpets play a crucial role in our homes, providing warmth, comfort, and style. However, they also bear the brunt of daily wear and tear, accumulating stains, spills, and dirt over time. While regular vacuuming helps to keep carpets looking tidy, it’s often not enough to maintain their pristine condition. This is where carpet cleaners come into play, offering a deeper and more thorough cleaning solution. But are they worth the investment? And what should you consider when buying one?

Why Are Carpet Cleaners Needed?

Carpet cleaners are essential for maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of your carpets. They penetrate deep into the fibres, removing embedded dirt, dust, allergens, and stains that ordinary vacuuming may miss. By eliminating these contaminants, carpet cleaners help prolong the lifespan of your carpets and create a healthier indoor environment for you and your family. 

Here’s How Carpet Cleaner’s Work

Why Isn't Regular Vacuuming Enough?

While vacuuming is an essential part of carpet maintenance, it only removes surface dirt and debris. Over time, deep-seated dirt, stains, and allergens accumulate within the carpet fibers, compromising its appearance and cleanliness. Carpet cleaners offer a more thorough cleaning solution by extracting dirt and grime from deep within the carpet pile, restoring its freshness and vitality.

Should I Hire Someone To Clean My Carpets?

Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service can be convenient, especially for large or heavily soiled carpets. Professionals have the expertise, equipment, and cleaning solutions to tackle tough stains and restore carpets to their former glory. However, professional cleaning services can be costly, and scheduling appointments may not always be convenient.

Can I Deep Clean My Carpets Myself?

Yes, you can deep clean carpets yourself with the right equipment and techniques. DIY carpet cleaning allows you to tackle stains and dirt on your own schedule and can be more cost-effective in the long run. With the proper carpet cleaner and cleaning solutions, you can achieve professional-quality results from the comfort of your home.

You can also use Vinegar to treat stains, as well as Baking Soda!

What Should I Look For When Buying A Carpet Cleaner?

When shopping for a carpet cleaner, there are several factors to consider to ensure you make the right choice:

  • Ease of Use (Weight and Maneuverability): Look for a carpet cleaner that is lightweight and easy to maneuver, especially if you have large areas to clean.
  • Cord Length, Settings, and Accessories: Check the cord length to ensure it reaches all areas of your home without the need for multiple outlets. Consider models with adjustable settings and a variety of accessories for versatile cleaning options.
  • Noise Level: Carpet cleaners can be noisy, so choose a model with a reasonable noise level or consider wearing hearing protection during use.
  • Cleaning Solutions: While manufacturers may recommend proprietary cleaning solutions, standard solutions are often sufficient for routine cleaning. Look for models with separate tanks for water and cleaning solution for added convenience.
  • Cleaning Process: Consider the overall cleaning process, including filling the machine, performing wet and dry passes, and maintenance after use. Choose a carpet cleaner that fits your cleaning routine and preferences.

By considering these factors, you can select a carpet cleaner that meets your needs and helps keep your carpets looking fresh and clean for years to come.

Should I Choose Something Heavy Duty Or Smaller For A Carpet Cleaner?

When deciding between a heavy-duty industrial cleaner and a smaller cleaner, consider the size of the area you need to clean and the level of soil and stains present in your carpets. Heavy-duty cleaners are ideal for large, heavily soiled carpets or commercial settings, but they may be more cumbersome to manoeuvre and require more storage space. Smaller cleaners are suitable for smaller areas or regular maintenance cleaning and are often more lightweight and compact for easier storage. In the average UK home, we’d side with a good quality smaller cleaner. You don’t need your own Rug Doctor Machine unless you’re wanting to share with friends and family.

The Risks of Deep Cleaning Carpets

While deep cleaning carpets can effectively remove dirt and stains, there are some risks to be aware of. Over-wetting carpets during the cleaning process can lead to mold and mildew growth if not properly dried. Additionally, aggressive cleaning methods or harsh chemicals may damage delicate carpet fibers or cause discoloration. It’s essential to follow manufacturer guidelines and use appropriate cleaning solutions and techniques to minimize these risks and ensure the longevity of your carpets.

Which Carpet Cleaner Should I Choose?

The carpet cleaner you choose totally depends on your home and it’s inhabitants. For example if the only carpets in the home are the bedrooms, you don’t need something heavy duty. If you’ve got kids who love playing football in fields more than they love taking off shoes then you might need something with a bit more power. 

We’d say have a browse online and look for reviews to see if there’s anyone similar to your situation. 

Personally, we like the Vax Platinum Smartwash (Around £200 at the time of writing) and the Shark CarpetXpert Deep Carpet Cleaner (Also around £200 at the time of writing). These are essentially the size of typical vacuum cleaners with the added water feature. If you’re after something smaller, the Vax SpotWash looks fantastic for £100 at the time of writing.

If you’re sick of your carpets or don’t fancy the deep cleaning and want to switch to something else, why not give us a try? At Easipay Flooring we offer Carpets, Laminate, Vinyl, SPC and LVT flooring at affordable prices and we even let you break down the cost into weekly, fortnightly or monthly payment plans too, completely interest free! Sound good? Tap the button below to get set up a home visit to see our samples and get your free quote!