Should You Rent a Carpet Cleaning Service or DIY?

Should You Rent a Carpet Cleaning Service or DIY?

Maybe you’re selling your house, maybe you’re having company over, or maybe you’ve finally gotten tired of looking at your worn-out carpeting, but having clean carpets will make a huge difference to the appearance of your home. Even if you don’t think your carpets are dirty because you don’t see stains, don’t be fooled. Dirt gets deeply embedded at the bottom of the carpet fibers and can slowly destroy your carpet.

There are basically two methods of cleaning your carpets: you can rent a service or DIY – Do It Yourself. When you are seeking affordable carpet cleaning, it is wise to take everything into account, from base price to labor to purchasing additional supplies.

Rent a Service


• Trained professionals will know what type of solution to use on different fibers and how to remove “impossible” stains.

• Their truck-mounted equipment is more powerful than the small machines you buy or rent.

• They have been trained how to deodorize and remove pet stains.

• You don’t have to do any manual labor.


• It’s easier to get conned by a company than by yourself; companies may “Bait and Switch” – charge a low price up front and then ask for more money when the job is done.

• A company may pressure you to purchase additional services, products or guarantees.

• Because they usually charge by the square foot, you can expect to pay between $140 and $250.

• There may also be scheduling hassles, especially if you work long hours outside of the home.

DIY – Do It Yourself


• DIY is cost-effective; the average daily price to rent a carpet cleaner is $20, although that price does not include the cleansing solution, which can bring the total price up to $30-50.

• Convenience: most supermarkets rent carpet cleaning machines and you can often rent it without having to reserve it well in advance.

• Free customer service is available to you from the store that rented you the machine, as well as demonstrations prior to taking it home.

• Clean your own carpets at any time of the day without having the hassle of scheduling a service within business hours.


• Although it’s not hard, doing it yourself does mean rolling up your sleeves and getting to work.

• You may not know whether to use pre-treatments or stain removers for difficult spots.

• It’s your responsibility to inspect the machine before renting to make sure there are no dirty bristles, animal hairs or broken parts that will make your job harder.