If you're reading this page, it must mean that you're interested in cleaning your carpet or rug. Congrats! You've come to the right place.
Carpet and Rug world has over 200 posts regarding Carpet and Rug Cleaning, which is why we felt like a page that gathered the most important information was necessary. And this is in! In this page we'll try to answer the most important questions that our readers usually have like: When to Hire a Professional, How to Hire a Carpet Cleaner (and not get ripped off), Carpet Cleaning DIY Guides, Best Carpet Cleaning Equipment or How to Clean Oriental Rugs.
We chose not to make this page too long (that way it's faster to read and more useful to our readers), so we'll try to answer to those questions on this page, but we'll link to the posts in Carpet and Rug World that really explain them in detail. I would strongly encourage you to come back to this page every time you finish reading one of those post!
Think of this page as a Table of Contents pointing to the most important Carpet cleaning posts in the blog. This is what we'll be talking about (in case you want to skip directly to one part of the post):
This is the most important question we get regarding Carpet Cleaning. Should you clean your carpet yourself or should you hire a professional?
The short answer is... Professional Cleaners will always do a better job than any DIYer. But! You can reach almost the same results as you would by hiring a professional Carpet Cleaner if you're extremely consistent when it comes to cleaning your carpet when you have to. If you don't clean your carpet when you have to, then only a professional carpet cleaner will be able to clean it properly.
This has a very simple explanation... when a carpet gets dirty, only the top third of the fibers are really getting dirty. If you clean your carpet soon, your equipment will be able to clean that top third of the carpet. But if you wait too much... then the dirt, soil or stain will fall to the bottom 2/3 of the carpet. And only a professional carpet cleaner will be able to clean it properly.
The key questions would then be... How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet? and How Much does Professional Carpet Cleaning Costs? I would encourage you to read those 2 posts. If you're willing to put in the time (and work) and clean the carpet when it's necessary, go ahead and buy a Carpet Steam Cleaner! But make sure it's worth it! Do you know how much carpet cleaning is? and what benefits does it have? Read the following posts so you can make an informed decision:
I know... Hiring a professional carpet cleaner isn't precisely fun. If you want to get a good price, you have to call dozens of carpet cleaners close to you home. And even then... how do you know they're good at doing their job? And that's quite an important question to answer, because a bad carpet cleaner could ruin your carpet. I'm sure you've heard about Carpet Browning. That happens because the carpet cleaner didn't do the job the right way, and it could potentially ruin your carpet for ever.
So... What's the best way to find a Carpet Cleaner in your area?
There are 2 ways that I would recommend:
1. Use a Professional Services Platform. Instead of calling dozens of carpet cleaners and requesting for a quote, you go into the Professional Services Platform and request a service. You'll get as many quotes as you want! And what's best... you'll be able to see reviews from other customers. That way you'll know you're hiring a good carpet cleaner.
The Platform that I recommend the most is Thumbtack. They're an amazing company! All you have to do is
2. Use our Professionals directory. We have our own Carpet cleaners directory! We have looked into thousands of carpet cleaning companies all over the world to find the best Carpet Cleaning Companies in 120 cities all around the world (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.).
Just go to the directoy, type in where you live, and your done! The Top 10 Carpet Cleaners in your city are there waiting for you. Call them and ask for a quote!
Ok! So you've chosen to clean your carpet yourself. That's awesome! The first thing you'll need is some sort of equipment (in the next section of this page you'll find the best equipment you can use).
Once you have the necessary equipment, it's time to clean your carpet! Using the different machines (Steam Cleaners, Robot Vacuums, etc.) is quite simple to be honest. So on this section of the post we're going to be focusing on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding carpet cleaning.
If you don't own any equipment, but you want to get out a stain in carpet, we have an AMAZING guide that will teach you how to do precisely that. It's one of our most popular guides ever!
It's time to gear up! And we have some amazing posts you should check out.
There are 2 things that you should ideally own to be able to clean your carpet the right way. The first and most important is a Carpet Steam Cleaner. I've sait it many times before... I think that owning a Carpet Steam Cleaner is the wisest investment any carpet owner can make.
The second think is a vacuum cleaner. I love robot vacuums because they make vacuuming your carpet so much easier. But if you don't want a robot vacuum cleaner (for whatever reason), we have some posts that cover all types of vacuums and which one is best to buy in 2020.
We decided to add this section because a lot of you were asking us how to clean Oriental Rugs. The truth is... it's not that simple. Which is why we always recommend hiring a professional through a service like Thumbtack.
However, if you want to try to clean it yourself before you hire a professional, here are a couple of posts that I'm sure will be helpful! But before you do, check out the post on How Much Does it Cost to Have an Area Rug Cleaned. It might not be as expensive as you think and you'll save a lot of time. Not to mention that a professional won't ruin your rug!
Last, but not least, we added this section with a couple of questions that -for some reason- we get asked all the time! If you have a question you'd like us to add to this section, please let us know through our Ask an Expert section. We're always looking forward to helping our readers with anything we can!
And that's it! I really hope you found this guide useful. Just FYI, we have similar guides on other topics like How to Buy a New Carpet, Ultimate Vacuum Cleaners Guide or a Rug Buying Guide (with amazing shops not a lot of people know about!).
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My name is Mary and I'm a mother of 3! I worked for a big company for 10 years until I decided to stay at home to take care of my family. Every since cleaning has become sort of my hobby and profession at the same time. I write about vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, etc. I just find it a lot of fun!