If you’re looking for a quick answer to this question, that answer will almost always be, “No.” Since we know there are some particularly stubborn DIYers out there, we’ve compiled this quick guide to help you understand exactly why DIY steam cleaning isn’t the best idea.
Steam Cleaning Variables
The success of steam cleaning depends on your carpet type, the temperature of the water, and the skill of the technician. If any of these variables are off, even just a little, the success of the steam cleaning process is compromised. In some cases, you can even end up damaging your carpet.
Your Carpet Type
Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than others. Unless your carpet is made of nylon, you’re probably dealing with a carpet that’s on the tougher-to-clean side of the scale.
If you try to steam a difficult-to-clean carpet yourself, you’re likely to run into the following roadblocks:
- Over-saturated carpets that develop more stains
- Unnecessary wear from “scrubbing” with the nozzle
- Discoloration from an uneven application of water and cleaner
The Water Temperature
The hotter the water, the better the clean. For this reason, it’s better to hire a professional with a truck mounted steam cleaner. These large units are capable of heating the water to very high temperatures and have stronger suction power to pull the water, dirt, and pollen out of your carpet.
If you were to purchase or rent a portable steam cleaner, you’d likely run into a few different problems. The first of these is the temperature of the water. The water in portable steam cleaners just doesn’t get as hot as truck mounted ones do. When the water isn’t hot enough, it doesn’t give the high powered steam effect that you’re looking for. This can translate into carpets that are over-saturated and end up attracting more dirt because of the dampness.
Also, the suction capabilities of these smaller units is not the best. That means the water that is deposited into the carpet won’t be pulled back up as much or as strongly. Again, you’re left with over-saturated carpets.
At the end of the day, the skill of the technician trumps all. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it won’t matter if you find a portable steam cleaner that gets just as hot as the ones used by the professionals.
That’s why hiring a professional is such a good idea. Carpet cleaning experts understand tricks of the trade that are unknown to most novice DIYers.
Things to Consider
We understand why some people feel so passionately about doing things themselves. DIY activities tend to save money and offer a sense of personal accomplishment once they’re done.
One way you can get around the cost of a pro rug cleaning service is to have only the high traffic areas in your home treated. This extended spot treatment will improve the overall look of your carpeting at a fraction of the cost.
Another way, and perhaps the best way, is to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Orlando who is truly dedicated to providing quality and affordable services. For more information about the best rug cleaning service offered in central Florida, contact Persian River Rug Cleaning at 321.972.8949.