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Pros and Cons of Shampooing Carpet

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Pros and Cons of Shampooing Carpet

Your carpet is one of the most expensive purchases you will make for your home. Add in the time you probably spent agonizing on just the right color and style and you have an investment that you probably want to last for a long time.


If you feel that way, you’re not alone. According to Consumer Reports, Americans spend $3 billion a year to have their carpets professionally cleaned. But is cleaning always the best option for you?


This Redbeacon guide will help you weigh the pros and cons of investing in a carpet cleaning.

    According to Consumer Reports, Americans spend $3 billion a year to have their carpets professionally cleaned.
  1. 1.Pro: Improves the look of your carpet

    A good carpet cleaning can give your carpet a new lease on life. It removes stains and refreshes the look of fibers to make your carpet look brand new. It can also “re-fluff” carpets that have been crushed or matted from repeated use. But don’t just do it every once and a while. Make regular cleaning a part of your home maintenance routine.

  2. 2.Pro: Improves air quality

    Dirty carpet isn’t just ugly; it can trap allergens, dust and dander. “Proper cleaning…effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet, locks them in the machine and helps keep them out of the air we breathe,” says nonprofit group Carpet and Rug Institute.

  3. 3.Pro: Helps your house smell better

    Dirt and allergens aren’t the only things that can become trapped in your carpet. Things like cooking smells, pet smells, smoking smells can all linger in a carpet. Good regularly scheduled cleaning can eliminate that problem and help keep your home smelling fresh.

  4. 4.Con: Can wear on your carpet

    Using cleaners that are too harsh or scrubbing or using cleaning machinery can wear on carpet fibers. If you don’t take care, you can make your carpet look old before it’s time. It’s important that if you are going to have your carpets cleaned, you review manufacturer’s instructions and use a professional with experience.

  5. 5.Con: Can be time consuming and costly

    Cleaning your carpet requires an investment of time and money. It requires the time of applying the cleaner properly and then waiting for the carpet to dry. That means whatever room you are having cleaned is unusable while the process is going on. It also takes money to hire a professional and pay for his or her energy and equipment. Sometimes, depending on your budget and how old your carpet is, it’s better to just get another carpet rather than pay to have it cleaned.

  6. 6.Con: Takes know-how

    You could clean your carpet yourself, but it’s really best to find a professional to do it for you. Professionals are knowledgeable about all the different things that can age or stain a carpet and the best way to fix the problem. They also usually have equipment that you don’t. Find someone you trust. Use Redbeacon to look for certified, experienced professionals to clean your carpet. Or, ask your friends, family and neighbors for recommendations.


    Like any home maintenance activity, carpet cleaning requires a little bit of thought and research. Plan your actions wisely and you will have the results you want within the budget you want.

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