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Carpet Cleaning Machines – Should You Rent or Buy One

While the decision to buy home carpet cleaners is a big decision for most people, it is one most people will at least think about. Running a vacuum cleaner over your carpet can remove the majority of dried soil. However, it cannot remove the oily and sticky grime all that well. You need to use a special machine to remove all the sticky dirt from your carpet. You should thoroughly clean your carpets regularly to keep them looking new.
There are a variety of carpet cleaning machines on the market, and which one you choose for your needs depends on a lot on your situation. If you have very old carpet that has never had a thorough cleaning (only occasional vacuuming), then you may want to use a deep steam cleaner to pull up the debris of ages from deep down in your carpet fibers and backing. You will be surprised at just how much of a difference doing this can make with even the dingiest carpets. Water that is heated up to steam status works wonders not only at cleaning carpets but at killing germs and other tiny, unwanted critters and making mats a lot healthier to walk on and play on.

You can rent a steam cleaner if you plan on only steam cleaning your carpets once or twice a year. In most cases, this is all that is needed. However, if you have a lot of people especially small children and pets living in your house, you may want a more in-depth, thorough cleaning more often, and in that case, it would be well worth your money to invest in a steam cleaner of your own. With your own steam cleaner, you can do a steam cleaning as often as you feel necessary.

Buying carpet cleaners can also be a sound investment in the long run. This one-time investment will ensure that your carpet will always remain clean and healthy. Dirt-free carpets give different feel altogether. Amazon has lots of carpet cleaners with hundreds of positive reviews. It won’t be a bad investment to buy them.


You can rent steam cleaners, shop vacs, and other carpet cleaning machines from most home supply stores like Home Depot and Lowes. It usually doesn’t cost too much to rent one for a day or two, and can make a huge difference in the appearance and smell of your house. For example, if your house smells like wet dog all the time, using a steam cleaner on it will usually take care of that problem. If you have a lot of dirty stains from food, oil, or other substances in your carpet, steam cleaners will erase them, where vacuums can not.

The big difference in carpet cleaning machines is their level of power. Regular vacuum cleaners do not have the ability to clean the surface of the carpet. They only remove what is on the very top. If you want to get at anything that has become embedded deeply in the carpet, then you will need to use a steam cleaner or a shop vac. These are very powerful cleaners that have a lot of suction and can get into spots on the carpet that a regular vacuum simply could never reach. Plus, with a steam cleaner, you can be assured that the water vapor from the steam will penetrate even beyond the carpet and into the backing and the concrete or wood floor below, drawing out stains, smells, and unwanted materials from decades past. These are the best machines to use for the cleanest carpets.


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Henry Doe is a seasoned DIY enthusiast and home improvement, blogger. With over 10 years of experience in renovating his own home, he has honed his skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work. Henry's passion for creating beautiful and functional living spaces has led him to share his knowledge and experiences with his readers through his blog, "Home Sweet Home DIY." His goal is to inspire and empower homeowners to tackle their own home projects, big or small. When he's not hammering and sawing, you can find Henry hiking in the mountains or sipping on a latte at his local coffee shop.