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With the wide availibility of rental carpet cleaning machines in supermarkets and local shops, it can be tempting to try and clean your carpets yourself.

Indeed, some of the headline rental prices can make it appear a very cheap option.

But is it? And how does it compare to professional carpet cleaning?

In this post, we'll take a look at the differences between DIY carpet cleaning and professional carpet cleaning, helping you to decide which option is right for you.


Whilst rental machines can look like the cheaper option of the two, the costs can quickly add up.

In addition to the actual machine, the cleaning solutions and attachments are often billed seperately.

They also take much longer to clean carpets properly, with plenty of dry passes needed to extract all the moisture they leave in carpet fibres.

And so once you take into account the add-ons you need to purchase and the time required to clean your carpets effectively, the cost is not such an attractive proposition.

Risk of damage

When you clean your carpets yourself, you are responsible if any damage that occurs, whereas a professional company will be fully-insured to protect you against accidental damage.

DIY machines do not have the suction of professional machines and so over-wetting is common, potentially causing foul odours, shrinkage and browning of the csrpet fibres.

Without enough power or psi, it is also too easy to leave behind sticky residues in the carpet fibres, meaning your carpets will re-soil quickly.

Poor cleaning technique or use of inappropriate products can also cause damage to carpets.

Without professional training and experience, DIY carpet cleaning can end up being very costly.


Rental machines simply cannot achieve results anywhere near to those which a professional can attain.

Professional carpet cleaning equipment provides much deeper cleaning and more effective extration of moisture than DIY carpet cleaning machines.

Professional carpet cleaners also have the knowledge to treat stubborn stains and odors without the risk of damage.

When you book a professional carpet cleaner, you can be assured that they have the tools and products to clean your carpets safely and effectively.


Would you knnow what to do if you saw browning on your carpets fibres? Or how much moisture to use?

Most most people that attempt to clean their carpets using a rental machine are simply following instructions and hoping for the best!

Professional carpet cleaners are trained and experienced in cleaning all types of carpets and identifying stains correctly.

This means they have confidence in which methods and products are best used in any given situation.

This experience ensures a thorough clean that achives the best results possible whilst minimising the risk of damage.


If you'd like a quotation for carpet cleaning, simply get in touch today. We provide our carpet cleaning services in Reading, Basingstoke, Wokingham, Bracknell, Newbury, Fleet and the surrounding areas.