Regular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Miami rental properties. However expensive a maintenance item shampooing carpets might be, it might not be too heavy of a burden if you don’t do it more than once a year. One way to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. Does the end justify the means, though? Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning could lead you to a more thorough understanding and decision as to which of the two you want.
Most people know that cleaning carpets will help remove stains and odors. But regular cleaning does more than that. It can restore the look and feel of carpets, especially nylon carpet, and remove deeply embedded dirt that a regular vacuum cleaner is unable to remove. For most carpets, manufacturers recommend using a hot water extraction method, often referred to as “steam cleaning.” This method deep cleans carpets by spraying hot water (often mixed with a cleaning solution) onto the carpet and then using strong suction to remove it, along with the dirt.
Most professional carpet cleaners, as well as do-it-yourself carpet cleaning machines, use the same hot water extraction method. But there are usually distinct differences in the process as well as the results. Professional carpet cleaners often use either a truck-mounted cleaning unit or a portable unit. Between the two choices, the truck-mounted units are more efficient since they are more powerful, extract water more efficiently, and lead to shorter drying times. However, renting or buying a steam cleaning machine might be more cost-friendly. And if your carpet only needs a touch-up between full cleanings, you can always opt for smaller devices on hand to address spills or accidents.
Be aware though that the DIY route also has its disadvantages. Using a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner typically would. If the job is to work on an entire rental house or a large area, then you might very well end up spending your whole day cleaning carpets. Even with much effort, the results are likely to be less than ideal. Smaller carpet cleaning machines often don’t remove enough of the water from the carpet, so it can take carpets a very long time to dry. The longer the drying time, the higher the risk for complications like mold or further dirt collection, so using fans to speed the process is usually recommended. How much cleaning solution should be used? This could be problematic, as others might use too little or too much. Any of the two will lead to either a stiff carpet or an insufficient level of cleanliness.
While professional cleaning will usually give you good results, it does come at a price. The advanced technology and service professional carpet cleaners offer will cost more than trying to do it yourself. Looking for bargain deals, however, could lead to anything between shoddy service and full scams. However, professional carpet cleaning is more efficient, takes less time to dry, and usually only takes a couple of hours (or less), depending on the area. If you tend to use the same company regularly, they might be willing to offer you a deal.
Get a good grasp of what you’re getting yourself into when you choose to either hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself. Whichever the choice, it should benefit you and your rental properties.
To free you of the potential stress generated by these nitty-gritty details, our Miami property managers at Real Property Management Asset Solutions are ready to help you, so that you won’t have to do this yourself. To relieve you of any possible hassle and stress, we’ve also included in our offerings, regular maintenance service. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 954-889-5627.
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