Carpet Cleaning: DIY vs. Professional Services – Which is Right for You?
Published: January 10, 2022
Updated: July 5, 2023
Carpets are one of many things that people often leave to the last minute or don’t consider as part of their regular cleaning routine. This is especially true for our clients in commercial spaces, where it is already difficult to stay on top of tasks. As commercial cleaners in Brisbane, we notice that most carpet owners in both residential and commercial environments only clean their carpets or have them cleaned once in a blue moon, if at all, with some waiting until the end of a tenancy or closing of a property sale to do the job correctly.
Did you know that carpets typically carry 5.7 times more bacteria than toilet seats? The lack of attention on carpets is driven by a common misconception that they only need a good clean in the unfortunate instance of a stain. However, having your carpet cleaned will improve its performance and appearance long term, going a long way in preventing the carpet from wearing down and becoming uncomfortable or unsightly. This is especially important in businesses that are all about first impressions. Cleanliness plays a huge role in providing a positive impression for potential clients and investors. A clean carpet that is well maintained, sanitised and spotless will give the impression that your business is well put together, organised and committed to a clean workspace.
Before investing hundreds into your equipment to clean your carpets, keep reading to discover if it is worth it or if it’s time to call the professionals in.
What is the difference between professional and DIY carpet cleaning?
Most people have heard of carpet steam cleaning but don’t realise that there are many different carpet cleaning techniques. Each comes with its own perks and downfalls, and some will be better for your carpet than others. Carpet cleaning is no longer just a spray and blot, thanks to speciality equipment, products and tools that take their cleanliness to a new level.Carpets also come in many different shapes, materials and sizes. As carpets have become more complex over the years, so have the methods to clean them. The five most common carpet cleaning techniques include:
- Steam Cleaning
- Bonnet Cleaning
- Carpet Shampooing
- Dry Cleaning
Your professional commercial cleaner in Brisbane, such as Cleanworks, will have all the best equipment on board ready to tackle any carpet type that comes their way using the most effective method. The difference between DIY and professional carpet cleaning comes not only from having the right tools and equipment but from knowing how to treat your carpet, how sensitive to be and how to safely remove nasty stains. A DIY job will often make the carpet look good on the surface, only for the dirt and grime to be hiding within the fibres, making it look like it wasn’t cleaned at all. If there is heavy foot traffic on your carpets, a professional and regular clean will achieve a perfect, consistent result without the back-breaking effort.
Experience the difference with professional carpet cleaning…
Not all carpets are the same, and many are made from different materials or varying levels of thickness, and some require very delicate handling. When considering hiring a professional commercial cleaner in Brisbane, it’s important to remember that they are professionals for a reason – they handle carpets like yours day in and day out. One of the worst things to find as a professional cleaner is a botched DIY job that has ruined the carpet. Most manufacturers recommend a professional carpet cleaning at least every 12-18 months to keep your carpet performing well and looking its best. Without this, you may be voiding your warranty and causing major issues down the line.
Some of the biggest issues we discover when people attempt DIY carpet cleaning include:
- They have rubbed a stain too vigorously, causing damage
- They haven’t acted fast enough, and water damage has set in
- Using the wrong cleaning product or not spot testing it, resulting in damage and staining
- Using too much of a chemical product or a deodorising powder incorrectly, killing the vitality of the carpet
In high-traffic environments such as offices, libraries, classrooms and shopping centres, the carpet is subject to all kinds of dirt, grime and germs, which will make their way into the carpet and make a home there, slowly wearing down the fibres. Carpet is expensive to install and replace, and by staying committed to your carpet’s cleanliness, you will avoid the need to dip into your emergency repair fund. On the other hand, by attempting a DIY job on your carpet cleaning, there is no guarantee that you will be treating the fibres and composition of your carpet correctly, potentially voiding your warranty and causing long term damage.
Professional carpet cleaning guarantees that the best products and equipment will be used on your carpet type, and you won’t have to worry about insurance, scheduling your staff to do the cleaning, or what to do if something goes wrong. Your professional carpet cleaning service will often include a range of hidden benefits such as sanitisation and disinfection, furniture upholstery cleaning and water damage restoration along with cleaning hardwood floor, tile, grout and air ducts. Businesses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Newcastle and the Gold Coast are relying on our crew more than ever to provide guaranteed and high level sanitisation, and carpets are no exception.
Keep your hallways, offices, showrooms and living spaces clean, healthy and inviting with the kind of standard that only professional carpet cleaners can achieve. With a professional, don’t have to worry about dirty, stained, mouldy, dull or worn carpets, and you can rest assured knowing that your carpets aren’t going to cost you thousands to replace anytime soon. Make your carpets as good as new with a professional carpet cleaning crew.