Carpet Cleaning: Professional vs. DIY

Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant or even a landlord, there comes a time when your carpets need a proper clean. When that time comes, there are only two real options to give your carpets a deep clean: doing it yourself or hiring a professional.

Both options, if done properly, will provide a deeper clean than vacuuming and general stain removal. But which is best for you? Should you give it a go yourself by renting a carpet cleaner, or put your faith in the professionals? Read on as we discuss the difference between professional and DIY carpet cleaning.


Whether you opt for DIY or professional carpet cleaning, you’re going to have to pay for it. While DIY is often seen as the ‘cheap’ option, you’ll need to hire a carpet cleaner along with a number of cleaning essentials, such as baking soda or cleaning solution.

A professional clean will cost a little more, but could be well worth it when you see the results…


Like most other things in life, you get what you pay for with carpet cleaning. Doing it yourself generally has mixed results. Chances are, you’ll come across a tough stain that your bog-standard carpet cleaner can’t deal with.

A professional carpet cleaner may be more expensive, but will leave you with a much nicer, long-lasting finish. Find the right provider and you are almost always guaranteed fantastic results.

The reason for this is that professional carpet cleaners invest in expensive, powerful equipment that is far superior to DIY machines. They also have the knowledge on how to treat those hard to remove stains and the right solutions to tackle them. As professional we also have access to advanced cleaning solutions not generally available to consumers. These professional strength chemicals are not harmful to carpets and they will kill 99% of bacteria’s, allergens and moulds.


Quality isn’t the only difference between professional and DIY carpet cleaning. DIY carpet cleaning also requires a lot of effort. It can take several hours to properly clean an entire home, depending on the size of your home and carpets.

For a start, that involves moving all your furniture around and getting it back into place once the carpets are clean and completely dry. That’s not even mentioning hauling the industrial carpet cleaner around your home.

A professional carpet cleaner can get the job done much quicker, with all the necessary experience and training. They’re also used to handling the heavy equipment, so they can take all the effort off your plate.

Drying Times

Drying times are another factor to consider when comparing DIY carpet cleaning to a professional solution. Drying time is on average 75% less when cleaned professionally. This is because we use state of the art modern, efficient machines remove large amounts of moisture, so your carpets should dry rapidly. You’ll be able to use them soon after we leave. When cleaning carpets yourself you can often find that your carpets are damp for days. Not only is this impractical, it could leave you with a nasty odour and also actually make your carpets dirtier as the water and residue left in the carpets attracts more dirt.

Knowledge and Experience

It’s one thing having the equipment to clean your carpets yourself but do you have the knowledge on how to get the best results? As well as having state of the art equipment our technicians are all fully trained in the cleaning of different carpets and stains to ensure the best possible results, without causing damage to your carpet.

Choose professional with Clean & Dry

If you have an extra day or two spare to focus on cleaning your home – and don’t mind the compromised results and added effort – then the DIY option may be for you. However, for the best results time and again, Clean & Dry Sheffield provides expert carpet cleaning services. Our professional team will leave your carpets and home looking as good as new with no effort on your part.


Written by Allan Simmons

We're a local family run business owned by Allan Simmons Jnr with 30 years experience. If you're looking for clean, brighter and fresh smelling furnishings we guarantee your satisfaction or your money back. Connect with Allan on Linkedin >>

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