The Cons of Rental Carpet Cleaner Machines

Routine vacuuming and proper cleaning techniques are critical to extending the life of and beauty of your carpet, however, at times your carpet will need a deeper clean in order to remove embedded dirt, grime, toxins and other carpet contaminants.

Does your carpet need to be deep cleaned? If so, it’s commonly understood that there are two options available: Hiring a professional carpet cleaner or renting a carpet shampooer.

Carpet rental machines are often considered to be the cost-effective choice of the two since you don’t have to pay for labor and instead can clean your carpet for yourself. However, is it really that cheap and could there be long-term costs associated with renting a carpet machine?


Carpet cleaning is a very physical activity. It requires lifting and pushing and pulling relatively heavy equipment into and around a home or business. Most of the time there will be at least two technicians when you hire a professional carpet cleaner whereas if you rent a machine you will have to do it entirely on your own.

The process of cleaning carpet with a rental machine can be very exhausting and can take more than a few hours to complete considering the quality of the equipment and the inexperience of the user.


Simply put, carpet rental machines do not provide the same level of quality as hiring a carpet cleaning service does. One reason is that the machine does not have enough pressure to sufficiently extract all the dirt and grime in your carpet. This means, not only is dirt likely to remain in your carpet after you finish cleaning it but that some of the shampoo and moisture used with the machine will also be left in your carpet base. It can take over 24 hours for carpet to sufficiently dry after being cleaned with a machine.

Lather that remains in carpet will immediately attract more dirt to that area of your carpet while moisture can lead to mold and bacteria growth, both of which can have negative long-term impacts to the quality of your carpet.


As mentioned above, carpet shampooers are considered the cheaper cost of the two considering there is no labor to pay for. But, how much cheaper is it?

You not only have to rent the machine, but you also have to purchase all the chemicals that the machine needs to use. Combine the costs of the rental machine, with the costs of the chemicals and the time required to finish the job and you’ll see that renting a carpet machine isn’t exactly all that cheap.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers first-rate customer service and expert professional carpet cleaning in Waukesha from highly trained technicians. Their green-certified methods require no harsh chemicals and only a minimal amount of moisture, compared to steam cleaners and rental machines.

Carpet dries in 1-2 hours and because no soap is used, there’s no chance of sticky lather being left behind to attract dirt.

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