The Cost for Professional Carpet Cleaning: Worth It! (Don’t Risk DIY)

If you’re unsure how to keep your carpets immaculate, worry not, as we’re here to guide you. Read on to discover the steps to take during the cleaning process.

There’s an elephant in the room.

It’s best to hit it head on and talk it out.

Here it is: It’s the cost for professional carpet cleaning.

I know what you’re thinking.

“I vacuum, like, every day, and it’s basically free. If I vacuum enough, I can save money and not have to worry about carpet cleaning.”

Or, “I can rent a carpet cleaning machine from my local drug store and it will cost much less than the cost of professional carpet cleaning.”

If only that were true. But if I tell you it is, I’d also have to tell you that the clouds are made of marshmallows and unicorns are real.

The truth is, you have to do more than just vacuum.

Even if you vacuum three times a day, you still won’t be able to get rid of all the abrasive dirt that causes your carpet fibers to become frayed and matted and look b-a-d. Your vacuum just isn’t powerful enough. ‍♀️

And there’s a lot to say about the DIY/cleaning-machine-rental idea.

But don’t worry. We’re going to look at all the reasons why it’s not a good idea to skip carpet cleaning altogether or try and do it yourself.

And by the time we’re done, you’ll understand why the cost of professional carpet cleaning is worth every penny.

Let’s dive in.

Why DIY Carpet Cleaning Is a Horrible Idea

Why You Shouldn’t DIY Carpet Cleaning

  1. You can damage the carpet in many different ways.
  2. You can strip the carpet of its stain treatment.
  3. You can contaminate your home with a rental machine that hasn’t been cleaned well from previous use.
  4. You can over-wet the carpet, causing mildew odors and, even worse, leave behind stains.
  5. When the carpet is too wet, it may be prone to wrinkling.

It’s a long list so we’ll just get right down to business.

Damage to the Carpet

This one is first on the list for a reason. There are a lot of different ways that trying to clean your carpet yourself with a rented machine can cause harm.

Mold and Mildew Can Flourish 

One of the easiest and worst mistakes to make with a rented machine is over-wetting the carpet.

I’m sure you can put two and two together and come up with what that means. Too much moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew and all the yuck that comes along with them.

Backing Separation

This is another issue that’s caused by getting the carpet too wet during the cleaning process.

Hello, replacement cost? (Hint: it’s higher than the cost for professional carpet cleaning.)

Fading, Yellowing, Discoloration 

While these catastrophes can have a link to over-wetting, as well, it’s more likely that they happen due to an improper mixture of the cleaning solution.

Serious Re-staining

This is another consequence of a cleaning solution that’s not quite right.

You think everything’s fine. No more stain, life is good.

But then, as time goes by, you start noticing that same spot that LOOKED stain-free is suspiciously dirty. And before you know it, the darn spot is back and worse than ever.

This is actually a common problem for DIY carpet cleaners.

If you damage the machine, you’re responsible for it – repairs or even replacement


When you get the cleaning solution wrong, you also risk bleaching the areas of your carpet that you’re trying to clean.

(Hint: There’s not much you can do to fix that and you’ll likely end up with some hefty replacement costs.

Matting and Fraying

This situation can be caused by over-wetting, using the wrong cleaner or an incorrect mixture, or misuse of a rented carpet cleaner.

Even the most durable carpet fiber won’t stand up to these cleaning travesties. Plus, this isn’t the look you want visitors to your home or office to see.

Strip the Stain Treatment

Yes, in some cases, trying to DIY your carpet cleaning with a rented machine can actually remove the stain-resistance that the carpet came with.

It’s kind of the definition of the old saying, “shooting yourself in the foot.”

Combined with the other ill effects and damage improper DIY carpet cleaning can cause and the cost for professional carpet cleaning starts to seem pretty reasonable.


Wait, what? Contamination from what?

Most people don’t think about what that rented carpet cleaner was used for before they got it.

Or they assume the rental company works some kind of magical charm that makes the machine just like brand new between customers.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but…you don’t know what kind of hazardous waste the previous person used the carpet cleaner for.

Animal blood. Human blood. Other bodily fluids. (Yep, even that one.)

Add to it the fact that you don’t know what the rental company’s sanitation methods are between customers. And, even if they do have a great system in place, is it being followed by the employees?

Think about this: There are no hard-and-fast rules that govern how carpet cleaning machines are handled from one customer to the next.

(Even if you took all the other reasons to NOT DIY your carpet off the table, this one alone is enough to change your mind.)

That cost for professional carpet cleaning just keeps looking more and more attractive, doesn’t it?

The Perks Top the Cost of Professional Carpet Cleaning

The Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

  1. You’ll get a better, deeper clean.
  2. Your carpets will last longer.
  3. You won’t void the warranty.

Enough of the Debbie Downer stuff.

Let’s talk benefits. (AKA The reasons that the perks outweigh the cost for professional carpet cleaning.)

1. You’ll Get a Better, Deeper Clean

The pros know what they’re doing. That’s why they’re literally called, “professionals.”

They know the exact mixtures of cleaning agents for your specific type of carpet, plus they’re experts at using the right technique for specific situations.

Pet accidents, tough stains, you name it.

But there’s more. There’s no way your rented carpet cleaning machine can remove the allergens from your carpets that a professional can.

2. Your Carpets Will Last Longer

Remember all the fraying, matting, bleaching, staining, and other carpet damage we talked about?

All of those result in you having to replace your carpet more frequently than you would if it was under the regular care of experts.

The financial toll of replacing your carpet (padding, labor, the carpet itself) will be significantly greater than the cost for professional carpet cleaning.

Having your carpets cleaned by a reputable company will extend its life longer than going without cleaning or trying to do it yourself.

3. You Won’t Void the Warranty

Many times, you’re required to have your carpet cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company in order for the warranty to remain valid.

DIY-ing could backfire big time if you ever faced a situation in which you needed to exercise the warranty and you found out it’s null and void.

You Know What to Do

It’s pretty clear that you’re faced with an option that could have some dire consequences (remember the section about contamination??).

Or you can choose a simple, safe option that ensures your carpet will last longer, look better, smell better, and not harbor germs and allergens.

When you weigh it all out, the cost for professional carpet cleaning is a drop in the bucket compared to repair and replacement costs.

Our technicians are experts in their field and will handle your carpets with care, cleaning with efficiency and great effectiveness!

Get in touch today for a free quote.