Rental Carpet Cleaning Machines Aren't Worth It

Rental Carpet Cleaning Machines Aren’t Worth It

Fresh, clean carpets create a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you are a renter who wants to retrieve a deposit, a landlord looking to spruce up a rental property in between tenants, or a homeowner who wants to make their home fresh and clean, wall-to-wall carpeting should be professionally cleaned. Before you make the mistake of renting a carpet cleaning machine to save a few bucks, read on to learn why DIY rental carpet cleaning machines may not be a good choice. DIY machines are heavy, awkward, and messy. But more importantly, they are not as effective as professional carpet cleaning, and using them could result in problems.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Are Heavy

Carpet cleaning machines are heavier than vacuum cleaners. No matter how lightweight a machine may be, carpet cleaning machines all require water, and water is heavy. If you choose to rent a carpet cleaning machine, be prepared for a pretty intense workout.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Are Awkward

Carpet cleaning machines are more difficult to maneuver than vacuum cleaners. If you are cleaning stairs, hallways, closets, and other tight spaces, carpet cleaning machines may be especially awkward to use. If you have knee or back trouble, this could be problematic.  There’s also the task of picking them up from the local grocery or hardware store, purchasing the watered-down cleaning solutions, and returning the machine after use.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Are Messy

Carpet cleaning machines can be messy. Canisters and attachments get coated with soiled water residue and detergents, and hair and debris collect in brushes. The machine must be thoroughly cleaned before it is returned.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines May Not Be Effective

Even if you find a machine powerful enough to achieve a deep cleaning comparable to professional carpet cleaning equipment, this is no guarantee that you will be able to achieve the desired results. Professional carpet cleaning technicians are trained in proper cleaning methods and the appropriate kinds and amounts of cleaning solutions for particular types of carpeting and soiling levels. All of these factors matter when it comes to achieving the best possible results.

In some cases, carpets may even look worse after improper cleaning with a rented machine than they did before cleaning. That’s why many landlords require tenants to sign an agreement to NOT use a rented carpet cleaning machine to clean carpets.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines May Leave Carpets Too Wet

Dry time is very important. Mold and mildew problems can happen when there is excessive moisture left behind after carpet cleaning. With machine rental carpet cleaning, if too much moisture remains, the carpet padding can stay wet long after the carpet itself has dried. Professional carpet cleaning removes most of the moisture and requires minimal drying time.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Are Noisy

Vacuum cleaners are notoriously loud. Rented carpet cleaning machines can be twice as loud as vacuums.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Are Time-Consuming

When you factor in the amount of time it takes to select a machine, wait in line, check out, loading and unloading in your vehicle, setup time, cleaning time, cleaning the machine, loading, and unloading again, and returning the machine to the vendor, DIY carpet cleaning can take a whole weekend. Since time is money, you may not actually save money in the long run compared to hiring a professional carpet cleaner.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Don’t Come With a Professional Technician

Sometimes spot removal, odor control, and other special considerations will require the knowledge and expertise of a professional carpet cleaning technician. If you choose to rent a carpet cleaning machine, it will be up to you to figure out how to resolve certain problems.

According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI), and all major carpet mills, to effectively clean carpeting you need, HEAT, AGITATION, and effective CHEMICALS.  Rental carpet cleaning machines typically rely on the homeowner’s hot water for heat, provide little to no agitation, and the cleaning solutions are DIY friendly and do not equal the strength of commercial-grade cleaning solutions.  Steam for effective cleaning is generated at 212 degrees and higher.  Residential how water heaters can not reach this temperature, or anywhere close to it.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.  We are highly rated on Google and our cleaning solutions are allergen-free and safe for pets and infants.

Tru-Clean Surface Care services all of Cape Coral, Lee County, Naples, Marco Island, Sanibel, Captiva, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Alva, and Buckingham Florida.  For more information about our carpet cleaning services, please visit us online at or “call us on the carpet” any time at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Naples, Bonita Springs, and Marco Island or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.

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If you want fresh, clean carpets, renting a carpet cleaning machine to save a few bucks is not really worth the trouble. Professional carpet cleaning is affordable, easy, and effective.