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Professional Rug Cleaning Versus Renting a Steamer

July 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 211

The Oriental rug that has graced your dining room for many years shows evidence of staining. Your living room carpet, a high-traffic area that's a favorite place for relaxing and play indoors, appears a bit worn and darker than usual. After so much time unchecked your rugs have collected enough soil and grime that the entire house is affected. It's time for a solid cleaning, but are you better off renting a steam cleaner or having a professional come in and do the job?

Homeowners may be more inclined to rent a portable steam cleaner for a number of reasons:

1) Price: Rentals may be priced low to compete with professional cleaners, thereby enticing customers to do the job themselves.

2) Convenience: Who wants to sit around the house all day waiting for the cleaners when there are things to do? You may not be inclined to adjust your schedule around others, deciding to rent a steamer in your spare time.

3) Satisfaction: If you are the type who insists on getting the job done yourself, you are likely to rent a steamer as a means of controlling the care of your rugs and carpets.

While the above appear to be logical reasons for wanting to cut the middleman, there are advantages to hiring professionals to take care of your carpeted floors and area rugs. If you have no prior experience using a steam cleaner, you may find it takes time to figure out how to work the machine. The time you think you are saving by not waiting on others could be wasted here.

Other things to consider about hiring cleaners as opposed to renting:

1) Many professional cleaners offer green alternatives to their services. If you are concerned about certain chemicals ending up in your home following a cleaning, talk with prospective cleaners about what they use and whether or not their materials are eco-friendly. A reputable cleaning service uses materials that prove safe for children and pets in your home.

2) Professional cleaners are actually more affordable than you think. Many services constantly offer coupons in the newspaper and through direct mailings. Check your home improvement value packets for deals on multiple rooms and area rug cleanings.

3) If you only need an area rug done, you can check with a professional cleaner that arranges for pick-up and delivery. This way you don't have to sit in the house and wait for people to finish a job. Also, if repairs are needed on the rug, you may find these cleaners can handle that as well.

Remember, you must consider the condition of your rugs before you decide how they are to be cleaned. Weigh all your options and check for specials in your area, and make the right choice for your valuable carpets and rugs.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Virginia Beach rugs and Norfolk rug cleaning services.

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