While most people have a variety of tools on hand for treating their flooring, from vacuum cleaners to spot removal machines to a cabinet full of spray-and-wash detergents, most common remedies do not offer the deep cleaning that your rugs will sporadically need. Even when cleaned regularly, the fibers latch on to hair, dust, dirt, and food particles, dragging those particles deep into the fiber's surface.
Many homeowners choose to rent a deep cleaning machine, which can be an effective solution, particularly if you're living in an apartment, or your home only has a few carpeted areas. However, these machines are often more difficult and time-consuming to operate than the consumer expects, and may also require the purchase of solution to run the machine properly. It's fairly common for people to realize they haven't saved much money over hiring a professional, and have quickly grown tired and frustrated by the amount of effort required to perform the maintenance at home.
Most carpet cleaning companies bring all the required tools to your home, and will even take on the responsibility of moving your heavy furniture and other large items during the process. It is recommended, however, that the client vacuum the carpets thoroughly and move any small or personal items that may be in the area to be cleaned. It's also essential to keep any pets in another room or area during the process.
If you're renting a home, apartment, or condominium, hiring a professional carpet cleaner is often a wonderful idea. While there are many deep-cleaning machines you can rent to handle do-it-yourself jobs, after a year or two of normal wear and tear, the only way you're likely to get thoroughly clean and professional rugs is to hire a professional. Damage to the carpet is one of the top reasons landlords and leasing companies give for refusing to refund a renter's security deposit.
If you have pets living in the home, you can virtually forget about it, since many complexes will choose to completely replace the carpet rather than attempt to clean flooring that's become matted with hair or dirt. However, in many cases, it's possible to rescue pet-exposed rugs with proper treatment from a professional cleaner, also rescuing your security deposit. In most cases, the cost of hiring experts is much less than the cost of forfeiting your deposit.