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Monday, September 20 2010

Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning:

According to a report on KABC television station, located in Los Angeles, Americans spent more than $3 Billion dollars on professional carpet cleaning last year. But does 'doing it yourself' really save you money?

Consumer Reports tested eight carpet cleaning machines from Bissell and Hoover. Prices ranged from $80 to $400. Testers, from Consumer Reports, also evaluated a rental machine, The Rug Doctor, and, for comparisons, they hired a professional carpet cleaning service too. No mention was given to who they hired or what method of cleaning the professionals used.

To set up the test they spread an even amount of topsoil (dirt) over the carpet. Next, they sprayed it with water, then use a heavy roller to press in the dirt. Testers then vacuumed the dried dirt and used a colorimeter to measure the amount left on each rug. Each cleaning machine was passed over the dirty carpet (20) times. As a professional carpet cleaner I have NEVER made (20) passes over dirty carpet. This many passes would over saturate the padding underneath and possibly cause a mold or mildew problem. According to Consumer Reports "No home machines or rented ones did as good a job cleaning as the professional service". This doesn't surprise me - how about you?

As always if you have questions or comments about this article please email me at

Until next time,

Michael Hull


Posted by: Michael Hull AT 10:43 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
I bought one of those machines and I did not work very well for me. What gets me is that Consumner Reports went over the same area (20) times. Wouldn't that over wet the carpet and take forever to dry?
Posted by Emily P. on 09/29/2010 - 07:35 AM
Emily you have a great question. If you watch the news report you will notice that there was NO padding underneath the carpet they cleaned. Consumer Reports only tested for color change, they did not test for how long it took to dry or what was the pH level of the carpet. I can't imagine someone making (20) passes over the same area either.
Posted by Michael Hull on 09/29/2010 - 07:59 AM

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