There are risks with most things that we do, but renting a carpeting cleaning machine might not seem like one. In fact, when you are considering cleaning your carpets more thoroughly than what a vacuum cleaner can do, you will likely be renting rather than buying a machine.
That opens you up to a host of risks and not all of them are obvious.
Damage to the Carpets
Whenever you rent a professional grade piece of machinery, there is a risk that you could damage what you are working on, or what you are trying to improve.
Using the wrong process or method when cleaning your carpets can lead to damage. You need to know the right amount of water to use, for one. Too much water and it will sink down deep into the pile, leaving moisture on the back material or foam padding, which can lead to mold and even rotting issues. Not enough water and you could burn or otherwise damage the fibers and you won’t get the right level of clean.
Damaging the Equipment
Any time that you rent a machine, you’re responsible for its safe return. If you don’t know how to use a carpet cleaning machine, you could potentially damage it and that could put you on the hook for repairs, or you could end up paying for a brand new machine.
Contamination from Previous Use
People rent carpet cleaning machines for all sorts of reasons, not all of them are decent. If you don’t know what the machine was used to clean previously, it could actually pose a health risk to you and your family.
That’s because some people will rent them to clean up hazardous waste, materials, and even staining and soiling that was caused by animal or human fluids, including blood. There is generally no requirement to state what the carpet cleaning machine was used for, so you wouldn’t know its primary or previous use.
When you want the carpets in your home cleaned thoroughly and properly, and you don’t want them damaged, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. It will leave your home looking and feeling cleaner and you might actually save money in the long run by avoiding damage to the carpets or the machine.