Carpet Cleaning DIY vs Professional

If you are thinking about cleaning your carpets, you’ve probably been wondering if you should consider self-carpet cleaning or if you should hire a professional. You’re probably torn between renting your own DIY carpet cleaning machine vs hiring a professional. Before you drive to your local supermarket and lug home a Rug Doctor, let’s compare your options.

Making the Correct Carpet Cleaning Decision

Our goal is to help you make the right choice for your home. We want you to have a clean, comfortable home with beautiful carpets free of unpleasant odours and stains.

Do it Yourself Carpet Cleaning Machines vs Professional Equipment.

A DIY carpet cleaning system may allow you to clean your carpets for a lower price point. However, be aware that you also will need to buy solution as well as hire the machine, driving up costs. Ultimately, by going the DIY route, you will sacrifice a major level of quality in the clean. Do it yourself carpet cleaners, like a Rug Doctor, that you rent from your local supermarket to take home are only able to clean the surface of the carpet. They will remove some of the dirt you can see. However, they are not good at deep cleaning your carpets.  Which often leads to the carpets looking ok initially and then dirt beneath the surface resoling to the top and ending up with a dirty carpet again! 

Drying Times

If you have ever used a Rug Doctor or similar piece of equipment, you have likely watched the dirty water as it is extracted from your carpet. Although these carpet cleaners do remove some water, they are ineffective at thoroughly drying your carpets.

When a professional cleans your carpet, we are able to extract far more water, and therefore far more dirt, from your carpets. This leaves you with drier and cleaner carpets as the result.

Hot Water Provides Better Carpet Cleaning

Heat Cleans! Whether it’s your Dishes in the Dishwasher or Clothes in the Washing Machine and the same goes for your Carpets.  Since most DIY machines don’t have a water heater. Professional carpet cleaning machines can heat water to high temperatures and maintain its temperature throughout the carpet cleaning. 

This makes a big difference in removing tough stains and getting rid of unfavourable odours. The extreme temperatures of hot water extraction is part of what sets it apart as the best carpet cleaning solution available. This hot water is able to penetrate your carpets fibres and rid the carpet of built-up grime and germs.

DIY Carpet Cleaning may Damage Your Carpet

When you clean your own carpets you also run the risk of damaging your carpet. Some rental carpet cleaners are extremely harsh and run the risk of over-wetting. Shrinkage is one of the major pitfalls when it comes to cleaning carpet at home. When you are over-wet, the backing of your carpet can soak up too much water, expand and warp. When you’re doing a wool carpet cleaning, you can even have brown spots appear from wet backing. Another issue with too much moisture is that the carpet can become mouldy if it takes too long to dry.


Professional setups are in a different league, both in terms of power and achievable results. However, the biggest factor will always be the operator combined with his knowledge and skills.