Is it Worthwhile Getting Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned?

Carpets and rugs can add a lot to our homes; from insulation and warmth, to style and decor, they can be a worthwhile investment that lasts for years. However, like all investments, they do require steady maintenance. If you have carpets or rugs in your home, you may have found yourself in the past weighing up the pros and cons of getting your carpeted surfaces professionally cleaned. 


We’re here to answer some of your most commonly asked questions about professional carpet cleaning. As cleaning experts, we’re natural advocates of professional carpet cleaning. Read on to see why!

What is the best way to clean carpets?

Carpets are notorious for being a catch-all for dirt, oil, pet hair, insects, and other nasties. Thanks to their soft and luxurious fibres, carpets can hold around four times their weight in debris and dirt. For allergy, asthma, and eczema sufferers, this is bad news. But even if you don’t have a medical condition, not cleaning your carpets thoroughly will still have negative repercussions on your health. Who wants to be spending their days walking around on piles of dirt and bacteria? 

When it comes to cleaning carpets, you have two options: either you can go with a DIY approach, or you can hire a professional carpet cleaner. The most common methods of carpet cleaning in both cases are steam cleaning or chem dry cleaning. So which is better? 

Which is better – steam clean or chem dry? 


First, let us start off by explaining the difference between the two methods. Steam cleaning uses a HWE (hot-water extraction) process to cut through dirt and grime. Usually, a pre-treatment is applied to the carpet, which helps to liquefy soil and oil-based stains. This is important because any dry bits of dirt will turn into mud during the steam cleaning process. After this is done, hot water is sprayed onto the carpet and the steam cleaner sucks the pre-spray, dirt, and soil up with it. Think of a steam cleaner as a large vacuum cleaner; but instead of using air, it uses hot water. 


Dry cleaning, on the other hand, doesn’t use water, but instead uses an absorbent compound to clean your carpet. A powdered mix of cleaning agents and solvents will first be spread across the carpet. Next, the powder will be worked into the carpet with a machine. The chemical powder works by absorbing the dirt and oil, so once the absorption time is up, the powder mixture is simply vacuumed away. No water needed! 


Both methods have their pros and their cons. Generally speaking, a steam clean will provide a deeper clean. However, since it uses water, it takes longer to dry. Dry cleaning, on the other hand, dries very quickly, but it isn’t as thorough as steam cleaning. That’s why you’re better off tailoring your methods based on your unique circumstances. For example, dry cleaning might be better for high traffic areas, or areas that have surface stains. Conversely, steam cleaning might be better for tough stains and deeply soiled surfaces. You’ll get the best results if you use a combination of both methods. At Jim’s Carpet Cleaning, our carpet cleaning experts can create a custom solution to meet your exact needs. You’ll get the best results when you take advantage of the best of both worlds. 

What do professionals use to clean carpets?

Our carpet cleaning professionals will mix and match cleaning methods to suit the individual situation. One of the advantages of hiring a professional to do the job is that you’re able to receive service that’s been specifically tailored to your needs. The difference between cleaning your carpets yourself and hiring a professional is that the professionals are usually equipped with the latest technology and equipment. High quality steam cleaners, for example, are very expensive, so you’re sometimes better off hiring a professional to do the job rather than purchasing a full range of cleaning equipment, cleaning solutions, and compounds. 


How soon can you walk on carpet after cleaning? 

How soon you can get back onto your carpet depends on a few things. Drying times will vary depending on a number of factors, including fibre type, carpet pile, humidity levels, and temperature. Since steam cleaning utilises water, it means that your carpet will be damp for some time in the hours following the clean. This changes depending on the situation, so always be sure to ask your cleaning company for a rough estimate. 


As we head into the winter months here in the southern hemisphere, now is actually the best time to get your carpets professionally cleaned. Autumn and spring are labelled as the most optimal times for carpet cleaning because during these times, humidity levels are low and rainfall and mud is at a minimum. This means that drying time is accelerated, so if you’re after quick results, now is the time to call in a professional carpet cleaner!

How much does carpet cleaning cost?

Carpet cleaners will usually charge per job or per room, so naturally, the costs involved in hiring a professional carpet cleaning service will depend on factors such as the size of the room or rooms, the amount of dirt, and the type of fabric involved. Here at Jim’s Cleaning, it’s important to us that we only give top-quality advice to our customers. That’s why we don’t give out a price until we can find out more about the exact nature of your job. When you get in touch with us, our specialists will take their time to understand your goals and requirements. It’s only then that we’ll give you an obligation-free quote, completely free of charge! 


If the costs have held you back from professional carpet cleaning in the past, we definitely encourage you to get in touch because you might be pleasantly surprised at just how affordable our services are. We will always give you our best price without ever compromising on the quality of our work, so reach out to us on 13 15 46 today to learn more.