Carpets seem easy to clean. There are a few things you have to remember, but beyond that, it looks like all it needs is a good scrub job and time to dry. You probably think you can get what you want from hardware stores or lease the necessary equipment.

And this is all true. You can DIY some cheap carpet cleaning if you want. However, is this really what you want to do?

There’s more than a few benefits to getting a professional to do your cleaning. For one thing, it’s less of a hassle and probably faster. Professionals also bring all the equipment, so that’s less stress for you. Finally, it’s simply more practical because they have experience and expertise that you don’t.

Now, for a better overview, let’s break down how each one plays out.

For a DIY cleaning, you’re going to be vacuuming regularly. If you’re not, that just makes things a lot harder, because you’re not doing the necessary maintenance. The dust builds up and particles sink into it like nobody’s business.

Stains can be troubling. The first impulse people have is to scrub it away, which is a bad idea. What you actually want to do is to take out any solid components and then blot what’s left.

People also tend to be challenged by finding carpet cleaning products. Though, to be fair, this is also a problem that many professionals experience, just in a lesser form. The key here is to know that some products work on some fibres, but can harm others. Testing before using is standard procedure.

Finally, the leasing of the cleaning equipment is a good idea if you can find it. This is stuff that’s not exactly readily available for the average consumer.

On the other hand, a professional cleaning has a few benefits. For starters, you’re getting someone who knows what they’re doing and has seen all sorts of situations before. Professionals also have access to all the tools and products, so they have an easier time of it.

You don’t need to do any of the work yourself. This is a bonus if you want to relax for the weekend. Cleaning a carpet is a weekend job at the minimum, after all.

Lastly, it’s honestly more practical. A good carpet cleaning by a professional will use methods and techniques that are impossible to replicate DIY. The main benefit is not only a deeper cleaning but also a much shorter time needed to dry.