DIY or Professional Carpet Cleaner?

When you have decided to clean your carpets, the choice between doing this yourself or hiring a professional may come down to the following three reasons:

  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Time


The cost of carpet cleaning is significantly lower if you do it yourself. Hiring a carpet cleaning machine and the detergents come between $40-$60 for a one-to-two-day hire. These are readily available at supermarkets and hardware stores.

The cost of a professional carpet cleaner can vary; in general, it costs more than hiring a machine and doing it yourself.


There is a significant risk in cleaning your own carpets. It is a cheaper alternative than hiring a professional. However, it is at the expense of quality. Professional carpet technicians use powerful machines and know what detergent to give the best result. The difference in quality can be significant.

Taking it upon yourself can run the risk of damaging the carpets, as there is no recourse should a DIY carpet cleaning job go wrong. However, with a professional, should they damage the carpet, it is covered under their insurance.


The trade-off between hiring a machine and doing it yourself compared with hiring a professional is time. For example, the time it takes for a professional carpet cleaner to do a job is significantly quicker than doing it yourself.

When you consider the time to hire a machine, clean the carpets and then return the machine, the process can take most of the day. On average, carpet cleaning yourself can take up to 1.5 hours longer than a professional can, and that’s not taking into account the time to pick up and return the machine.

So, DIY or Professional? If you have time and want to save money, hire a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself.

Should you wish to get a professional carpet cleaning business to do the job for you, then prepare to pay more but expect the quality, indemnity and time saved.

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