Regular cleaning can extend the life of the carpets in your Evanston rental properties. If you value your carpet, shampooing it can help preserve it, even if it comes as an expensive maintenance item. Besides, maintaining it will only be an issue if you do it more than once a year. One way to save on costs is to clean the carpets in your rental house yourself. Is it bang for your buck, though? Informing yourself of the advantages and disadvantages of both professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning can serve to benefit you and your property well, especially when choosing which of the two options can cater best to your property needs.
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. The truck-mounted units are more powerful, extract water more efficiently, and lead to shorter drying times. They are often preferred by most, for good reason. If you don’t feel the need to do it ever so often though, you can always opt for renting or buying a steam cleaning machine. It would be handy to have a smaller device on hand to address little issues like spills or accidents. Your carpet won’t need much — just a few touch-ups between full cleanings.
However, the DIY route does have a few disadvantages. Using a smaller personal machine does take more time than a professional cleaner typically would. You could very well end up spending a whole day cleaning the carpets if you’re dealing with an entire rental house or large areas. Albeit a demanding task, 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. You could also potentially use too little or too much cleaning solution. Both will bring you 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 provide will cost more than trying to do it yourself. If you want to avoid costs, bargain deals might do that for you; but, it could also bring anything between shoddy service to 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.
So, whatever it is you decide on, whether it’s to hire a professional carpet cleaner or do it yourself, know your options well enough to be secured in your decision — for you and your rental properties.
Instead of getting lost in these nitty-gritty details yourself, contact our Evanston property managers at Real Property Management Chicago Edge to get all of this over and done with, for you. And if that’s not enough, we’ve even decided to include in our services, regular maintenance. All you have to do is reach out to us. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 773-904-7700 to know more about what we can do for you.
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