Found 22nd Nov 2016
I am looking at getting a couple of carpets cleaned. One is mildly stained as it is the dining room and the other is very marked but lost its pile. I have had quotes of around 80 for a wet/hot/steam clean and about 120 for a dry cleaning process using 'sponges'. All quotes from professional insured companies.

Any advice welcome, is it worth paying the extra?

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Personally I'd hire a Rug Doctor for £20~ and do it myself.

I did with rug doctor and the fluffiness in the carpet is gone. not sure if I have to blame the carpet or the rug doctor

When you steam a carpet, you burst open the fibres, the carpet is 'clean' but basically ruined...
Put the money toward cheap laminate and fit it yourself, it is not difficult, all you need is a cheap jigsaw.

I've steamed my own carpet with a normal floor household floor steamer. It felt much cleaner to touch, but it didn't look any cleaner. Doesn't seem 'ruined' to me. It's a very thick carpet, but it's 5 years old and the pile was already somewhat flattened.

The result probably depends on whether the carpet is synthetic or wool, I would imagine.
Edited by: "MSK." 23rd Nov 2016

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scottswaha

When you steam a carpet, you burst open the fibres, the carpet is 'clean' … When you steam a carpet, you burst open the fibres, the carpet is 'clean' but basically ruined...Put the money toward cheap laminate and fit it yourself, it is not difficult, all you need is a cheap jigsaw.



​thanks but don't want laminate

Id just buy new carpets.had a few of mine cleaned a while back and they were never the same.

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Dehumanization

Personally I'd hire a Rug Doctor for £20~ and do it myself.



​looked at rug doctors and hiring but they are basic and not brilliant reviews. that is why I have looked at people with professional equipment (mounted inside a van). Have used domestic vax before but doest really bring it back to life that much

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themachman

Id just buy new carpets.had a few of mine cleaned a while back and they … Id just buy new carpets.had a few of mine cleaned a while back and they were never the same.



​one was new 4 years ago and good quality. Just that it has some high usage walk ways which have flattened and young kids. Even the carpet manufacturer recommends having them professionally cleaned every 2 years (bit over the top).

It is when you move a sofa and see/feel the carpet underneath is soft and clean.......

I had ours professionally steam cleaned once and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference afterwards, in fact they did them twice as I wasn't happy the first time and still didn't look or feel any different. I also borrowed a friend's vax cleaner and did them myself a couple of times, you do see the dirt come off but it didn't make them feel all new and soft again. Now I just bite the bullet and replace them once they get to that stage.

You can borrow my vax
It's very good

Get a rug doctor and get their shampoo which is a bit expensive but worth it.
Vax isn't very good Imo

Rug Doctor is only qualified to heal rugs not carpets, you need to call Carpet Doctor on 999 & someone will be over within minutes to resolve your issue

Laminate + some nice large rugs on top for the win
http://timelessfloorcompany.com/img/area-rugs-collection-big-taza.jpg

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going for the slighter dearer option of the dry clean, will update on the outcome

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very happy with the dry clean option. removed all marks and renewed carpets. Instantly dry to walk on and put furniture back into place. No shrinkage or wet/ damp smell.
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