You may decide to hire a professional to deep clean your carpet, or you can do the cleaning yourself. Either way it needs to get done every three months in highly-trafficked areas of your home, and once or twice a year for low traffic areas. Regular cleaning will help increase the lifespan of your carpet and save you money in the long run.
If you don't want to tackle the job on your own, you can hire an expert. Look for coupons in your Sunday paper and in mailers to find a pro in your area. The envelope of mailers that comes to your home on a regular basis usually includes coupons for one or two professional carpet cleaners who offer discounts to first time customers. Before booking an appointment with a service, ask for references. You want the job done right the first time.
If you are going to DIY, it's easy to deep clean the carpets cheaply. You just need to rent a machine. A steam cleaning machine blasts jets of hot water and solvent into your carpet, and then vacuums the water (along with the dirt) back out. If you aren't cleaning your carpets often, it's very cost efficient to rent a steam cleaning machine. You can usually find these machines available for rent at most big box stores.
Do you have lots of young kids and pets? If you want to deep clean your carpets every month or two, buying a machine makes sense. Steam cleaning machines vary in price, so shop around. You can find a reasonably priced model on sale that will last you several years. If you buy your own machine, the only cost after the initial price of the unit will be for solvent. Look for kid- and pet-friendly cleaners that are biodegradable. You can also use the machine to deep clean some furniture and draperies as well as carpeting.
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