As we reach the 12 year mark since we built our home, we find things are starting to show signs of wear, and a possible need for replacement. On the top of that list is the carpeting. With two cats and two children that have grown up within the walls of the house, there are spots in every room and the stairs were a disaster.
We clean the main rooms of our home once a year on average using a carpet cleaner we purchased at Walmart. It does a decent job, but it won’t get out really tough stains, and it’s nearly impossible to clean stairs.
The carpeting in our home was showing severe signs of wear, and we needed to do something.
My wife and I explored having the carpeting in our home replaced. We obtained estimates from two different carpet retailers for both partial and full replacement of the carpet in our home. The estimates ranged from several thousand dollars for replacement of the most worn areas to over $12,000 for replacement of every square foot of carpet in our home.
We were shocked at what it would cost to replace the carpet in our home.
We weren’t prepared to spend that much money on carpeting. We decided to have our carpeting professionally cleaned to see if we could prolong the life of our carpeting. We contracted a local carpet cleaning service to clean our hall way, stairs, two living areas and a downstairs recreation room. Basically everything but our bedrooms. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect since we had never had our carpet cleaned by someone else.
Here are a few of the highlights of our carpet cleaning experience:
Expect To Move Your Stuff
Professional carpet cleaners clean carpet, they do not want to have to mess with your stuff. My wife and I moved everything we could the rooms not being cleaned, or the kitchen and dining room. Anything that couldn’t be moved to those spaces was moved to one side of room. I expected to then have to move my stuff to the other side of the room so he could finish the job. However, he said he was use to moving a few pieces of furniture in each room from one side to the other as long as it wasn’t excessive.
Point Out Tough Spots
The cleaner had special spot removing detergent that he sprayed immediately on tough spots such as paint from a teenage face painting party. Telling the cleaner up front allowed him to give those spots extra attention.
The Cleaning is Fast
When I clean my own carpets, it takes a couple of hours for each room as I’m constantly having to stop to empty/refill the water tank. A professional cleaning service will run a hose into your home that constantly feeds the cleaning unit, and removes the excess water. It took the cleaner about 2.5 hours to do the cleaning.
Stairs Are A Breeze
The cleaner’s professional grade tool worked on both vertical and horizontal services, and it did a GREAT job. In addition to having a ton of stains and spots, our stairs just looked dirty. After the cleaning they looked spectacular.
Expect Great Results
We were really close to pulling the trigger on spending thousands and thousands of dollars to either partially or fully replace our carpet. The professional cleaning left our carpet looking clean and refreshed. I think we can get several more years of life out of our carpet, delaying the expensive venture of replacing our carpet.
Not Every Spot Will Come Out
Professional carpet cleaners will make your carpet look great again, but not every stain will come out. Some of those face painting stains, as well as some mystery black spots did not come out.
Expect To Wait To Put Your House Back Together
Drying time for the carpet was about 4-6 hours. The cleaner was at our house at 1:30, was gone a little after 4, and we had all our stuff moved back by 9pm.
To have 75% (estimation) of the carpet cleaned in our home, we paid $241. Our carpet looks fantastic. I couldn’t stop walking around our home in amazement at how good our carpet looked. Gone were all the cat and dirt spots. In fact it looked so good, that I was almost embarrassed at how bad we had let it get. As soon as the cleaner left we agreed that we would have them come back in the summer and do our bedrooms as well.
Eventually we’ll have to shell out some major cash to replace our carpet, but we were able to extend the life of our carpet with an inexpensive professional cleaning. The cleaner even mentioned that our carpet was in good shape, but just needed cleaning. We had wondered whether the professional cleaning would be worth the money, but after seeing the results, we definitely made the right choice.
Have you ever had your carpets professionally cleaned? What where your results?