by Karen Bates
(last updated January 13, 2014)
Sometimes, there are tasks that you must do around the house that aren't going to be cheap. In many cases, you can rely on equipment you already own to complete a cleaning job, but then there are chores that are a little more involved.
Take, for instance, your carpet. Many homes are either mostly carpeted or have at least some carpet in them, and even if you and your family take care not to get the carpet dirty it is bound to happen eventually. All kinds of dirt and spills can end up in the fibers of your carpet, causing it to look dull and worn.
When it comes to cleaning your carpet, you probably don't have the right tools to completely shampoo and clean the area. Purchasing this equipment would be costly and, in most situations, not very feasible. This leaves you with a couple of realistic options: you can either hire a professional to clean your carpet, or you can rent a shampooer and do the job yourself. Either way, you will have to plan on spending some money in order to achieve the desired result.
The costs for professional carpet cleaners vary, but will generally cost more than renting a machine. Usually, these companies will charge you for each room that needs to be cleaned or by the square foot, and will charge a set minimum amount no matter how small the space. Also, cleaning companies may offer other services that can hike up the bill, such as upholstery cleaning. If you choose a professional carpet cleaning to take care of your carpeted areas, you will probably end up paying close to $100 at the least for the service.
Rental machines, on the other hand, may mean more work for you but will likely save you some money. The cost of renting a carpet cleaner from a grocery or hardware store is considerably less, closer to $20. Of course, you'll need to factor in the costs of the cleaning solutions and spot cleaners that you will have to get to go with the machine, which can add on another $10-$20 or so. Take into account that although you will be saving money over a professional cleaner, you will be the one doing the work.
Although beautiful carpet isn't going to come cheap, it can definitely be worth it to have the carpeted areas in your home cleaned once in a while.
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