Clean, fresh carpets are something that every home owner wishes could be the norm in their homes. The carpets look nice and bright and, with it the rooms they are in. Cleaning them with a carpet sweeper, as a do it yourself project, also carries with it a certain amount of satisfaction and not a few bragging rights. You can go to the large grocery, home improvement or hardware store and rent a machine, so you head over there.
The machine is sitting there and, after grabbing it, you locate the detergents. It is a small machine and it can fit in the truck of the family car or into the side of a borrowed van and off you go.
You spend a few hours, or all day depending on the size of your home, measuring, filling pushing, emptying, more filling, more pushing, still more emptying and what do you have to show for it? Do you have an amazingly clean and nice smelling carpet after all of that?
You probably don’t. This is not because you lack the desire for the right outcome or the willingness to do what is necessary. It is usually because of the concept of a do it yourself machine doing something that professionals should be doing because of their equipment, training and experience.
Let’s face it, the machine you can rent is small because no one would rent it if they needed a trailer to haul it home. It would look and, occasionally be, too awkward, large or overwhelming for the average person. You have seen the machines the carpet cleaning companies use and you think about this small one and you wonder: ‘Its a carpet cleaner, so it will work.’ The problem is that they are both very different machines, designed for very different outcomes.
The large machines, used by cleaning companies such as quest clean ltd, certainly are bigger. And heavier. They have larger motors, pumps and take a lot more power to run them, which produces a better result. It has more weight, simply because of all of the internal components that are necessary and this, itself, makes this a better unit for all carpets, especially in some of the worse conditions.
Those types conditions, of course, are the extremely dirty carpets these professionals run into. That very condition may exist at your house right now. This might be what caused you to run to rent a machine in the first place.
The professional machines, along with the expert technicians, can not be beat with a rental unit because higher water/solution pressure, more heat, stronger vacuums mean a brighter, cleaner and dryer floor.
All of the pretty sales literature that says you can take this smaller, under powered machine and make your home a showplace should be taken with a grain salt. The companies who manufacture and rent these machines want to make some money from them and you can not fault them for that. You will realize, however, as many have before you that getting professional results, with inferior equipment is not the way to go when your cleanliness and the health of your family is involved.
Now also imagine that if these smaller units were all that they are cracked up to be, why would carpet cleaning experts and their crews purchase the larger machines costing much more? Why would they subject themselves to using equipment that needs several people to load and unload it and a truck to haul it? There must be a very good reason, because cleaning companies are also in the business of providing a quality service and make money at the same time.
Which Brings Us To The Dangers Inherent In A Do It Yourself Machine.
Some of these results are seen and some are not; some are dangerous to you and your family and some simply deteriorate the carpets or the flooring underneath.
A short list of these will include:
1. Unclean carpets due to the inability of the machine to actually handle the job.
2. Delaminated carpeting. This is the deconstruction of the carpet fibers from the backing, usually due to over wetting because of inadequate controls and adjustments of the smaller machine.
3. Mold build up. This is due to any water that is left behind due to under powered vacuums.
4. Browning (discoloration). This is also caused by over wetting and using improper cleansing agents on some soils.
5. The shrinkage that can be caused by excessive moisture left after the job is done.
6. Damp carpets that cause smells, contribute to molds and prevent children playing on the floor until dried.
7. Leaving chemical laden water in and on the carpets will cause the rapid re-soiling due to the chemicals attract more dirt and dust, quicker.
Leaving any of the above conditions, without a professional remedy could be dangerous to the health of you and your family. The largest one of these, of course, is mold. It can grab hold of the underside of the carpeting, without you even noticing and take over a standard size home within 24 hours. We have responded to many of these emergency situations and this costs many hours and dollars to clean up, repair and restore to a healthy condition.
This is not meant as a scare tactic, necessarily, as these problems, listed above, and many more have been documented and repeated many times. This is simply meant as a warning to think clearly about using a piece of equipment that is ill suited for the job for which it is promoted.
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