One of the most effective ways to keep your carpets in tip top shape is through the use of a carpet cleaning rental. If you don’t really know what I’m talking about, here’s a quick explanation. I’m referring to the Rug Doctors and Bissell machines that are available for rent at your local hardware store or supermarket. In Canada, the Rug Doctor is available for rent at almost every Safeway. The machines usually cost between $40 and $60 a day to rent. You definitely don’t need an entire day to clean your home though. An average size house will probably only take a couple of hours to do. The process is pretty straightforward as well. It basically involves pushing around a vacuum-like machine. The difference is though, that this vacuum uses a combination of water, cleaning solution, and vibrating brushes to deeply penetrate the dirt in your carpet.
Despite the fact that these rentals are cheap and effective, a lot of homeowners just can’t be bothered, believing that a weekly vacuuming will suffice. This is a big mistake. Vacuuming does a great job of picking up the dust and allergens that end up on the surface of your carpet, but it doesn’t go beyond that. You need a machine that digs deep into the roots of your carpet and eliminates these bugs right at the source. Now, the text that follows is by no means a complete guide. It should at least convince you that renting a carpet cleaner is the right thing to do though.
The most important reason for keeping your carpets in shape actually revolves around health. Most people think that carpets are nothing more than an ascetically pleasing and soft floor to walk on. This is all kinds of wrong though! The carpet actually plays an integral role regarding the quality of air in your home. Here’s how it works. Air comes in through the door every time you open it. With all the good stuff it brings in, it also brings in a lot of bad stuff. I’m referring to things like allergens and bacteria. Now, these little pests hang around in your home’s air for a while before eventually settling in your carpet. If your carpet is clean, this isn’t a big deal. The bugs end up stuck inside your carpet. This is a good thing as it means they are no longer in the air, being breathed by your family. Over time, the carpet gets dirty though. It’s ability to take on new allergens weakens so these little pests just stay in the air! Think about the way a filter stops working when it’s dirty. It’s essentially the same process… So how do you fix a dirty filter? Well, you clean it of course! The same can be said of your carpet. Keep it clean and the bacteria and dust mites won’t have a chance to infect the people living in your home.
If you can’t really be bothered to keep the allergens out of the air in your home, maybe money will motivate you. That right… keeping your carpets clean can actually save you money. You see, the carpet is a part of your home. It’s an investment that needs to be protected. If you let your carpet rot from the bottom up, you’ll eventually have to replace it entirely. This can be really expensive. Do yourself a favor and maintain the carpet that you have. You won’t regret it.
People who are buying homes always look the carpet as well. I know that when my wife and I were looking at places to buy, we always noticed a smelly, ugly carpet. It really turned us right off.
“No way in hell we’re buying that piece of crap home!”
The rest of it may have been really nice but we didn’t care because the carpet was so hideous. Keeping your carpet clean increases the value of your home.
So there are two solid reasons to consider an annual carpet cleaning rental – Health and money. Happy cleaning!