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Carpet cleaning shampoo machines that is, not houses. Another one of life's burning questions to thrill off-topicers.

I'm in a rental property that is part carpeted - 1 reception room, 1 bedroom, hallway, stairs and landing. Unfortunately, the carpets were replaced a year ago so I need to keep them clean in spite of 2 children. The carpet looks grubby so I planned to clean it this summer and then annually plus a clean when we leave. From previous experience, a days hire of a professional Rug Doctor type machine and shampoo is approx £30. Alternatively, a domestic small upright carpet washer (Bissell type) or cylinder cleaner (VAX type) can be had for £50-100. We also have a couple of large rugs that would benefit from occasional cleaning.

Which is better? The convenience of always having a cleaner to clear up mishaps from 2 small children or the performance of a professional hired cleaning machine on an ad hoc basis and no upfront cost?

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I'd get a man with a really powerful machine. It's amazing how much dirt a proper industrial cleaner removes from carpets and the invoice is useful to show to the landlord/letting agent when you move out.

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I'd get a man with a really powerful machine. It's amazing how much dirt a proper industrial cleaner removes from carpets and the invoice is useful to show to the landlord/letting agent when you move out.

I'd go with this, had my carpets professionally cleaned when I left my flat, just one pass of the machine left the carpet looking brand new and it was dry enough to walk on immediately.

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I'd get a man with a really powerful machine. It's amazing how much dirt a proper industrial cleaner removes from carpets and the invoice is useful to show to the landlord/letting agent when you move out.

You're looking at 2 to 3 times the DIY price (have to pay the posh premium too) and I'm not sure i want to leave it till end of tenancy before cleaning.

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You're looking at 2 to 3 times the DIY price (have to pay the posh premium too) and I'm not sure i want to leave it till end of tenancy before cleaning.

Give a few companies a ring and see if you can agree a deal for two visits.

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Carpet cleaning shampoo machines that is, not houses. Another one of life's burning questions to thrill off-topicers.

I'm in a rental property that is part carpeted - 1 reception room, 1 bedroom, hallway, stairs and landing. Unfortunately, the carpets were replaced a year ago so I need to keep them clean in spite of 2 children. The carpet looks grubby so I planned to clean it this summer and then annually plus a clean when we leave. From previous experience, a days hire of a professional Rug Doctor type machine and shampoo is approx £30. Alternatively, a domestic small upright carpet washer (Bissell type) or cylinder cleaner (VAX type) can be had for £50-100. We also have a couple of large rugs that would benefit from occasional cleaning.

Which is better? The convenience of always having a cleaner to clear up mishaps from 2 small children or the performance of a professional hired cleaning machine on an ad hoc basis and no upfront cost?

If you have the storage space, I'd buy one if it costs the equivalent of 3 hires or less, assuming the machines are adequate.

I recently had a similar dilemma with a lawn scarifier. You're welcome to borrow it (I bought one) but it probably won't do the carpets much good.

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Give a few companies a ring and see if you can agree a deal for two visits.

Your faith in local tradesmen/service providers is touching even if somewhat misguided.

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If you have the storage space, I'd buy one if it costs the equivalent of 3 hires or less, assuming the machines are adequate.

I recently had a similar dilemma with a lawn scarifier. You're welcome to borrow it (I bought one) but it probably won't do the carpets much good.

Something like a Vax 6131 via an ebay seller is that sort of price.

I suppose I was hoping for some sort of testimonial, domestic vis a vis professional equipment.

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I've bought three or four cheap carpet cleaners over the years and none of them were up to much. Unless I was going to spend the best part of a grand on a decent Nilfisk machine, I'd get a professional in.

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I just used carpet spray on my previous place. Was fine - got full deposit back. Took lots of pics of me cleaning it - wee stains - before and after - etc..

Never had to use them in anger though.

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I voted rent, but only because that's what we did.

I think we paid about the same as you are looking at but we got it for a weekend (sometimes places do weekend deals - Worth a look).

You could rent one 4 times for the price of a cheapish carpet vac. Are you really ever likely to do it more than that?

That was our reasoning anyway..

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Lol.. sorry.. didn't realise it was an old thread.

Congratulations on your purchase.. wishing you many hours of happy vacuuming :P

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Never let it be said that I am incapable of acting decisively, I have finally bought one.

Two years? You get around to doing things much faster than I do.

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If you'll deliver, I'd be happy to

Ask around your neighbourhood.....someone must have one in a cupboard gathering dust they have only used once, am sure they would lend it to you for a drink. ;)

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