professional carpet cleaning vs renting a carpet cleaning machine

It’s no secret. Carpets get dirty and need to be cleaned. Even if you’re consistent about vacuuming, eventually enough dirt builds up in your carpet that a deeper, more involved cleaning is necessary. 

So, when the time comes to deep clean your carpets, how should you do it? Should you run to the store and rent a carpet cleaning machine, or hire a professional to do it? 

In this article, we’ll weigh the pros and cons of each option so you can decide which option is right for you. 

Renting A Machine


Price – We’ll start with the first, most obvious argument in favor of renting. Renting a carpet cleaning machine is cheaper than hiring a professional. If you’re on a really tight budget and don’t mind doing the work yourself, renting a machine might make the most sense. 

Scheduling – Although most carpet cleaning professionals try to make scheduling and punctuality a priority, you do still have to work with them to find a time where they can come and clean your carpets. When you rent a machine, you can do it on your own time without having to deal with the schedule of another person. 


Work – Cleaning your carpets isn’t the most back-breaking labor in the world but it’s certainly more work than hiring someone. What you save in money, you’ll likely pay in elbow grease. 

Quality – You can get a decent cleaning with a rented carpet cleaning but it won’t be as high of quality than if you hired a professional. And how could it be? Professional carpet cleaners clean carpet for a living. That’s what makes them professionals! 

Time – You may think that doing carpet cleaning yourself with a rental will save you time. However, that’s rarely the case. Keep in mind that it will still take a few hours to drive to the store, rent the machine, drive home, clean your carpet, and return the machine to the store. 

Hiring A Professional


Ease – Hiring a professional to clean your carpets is the easiest way to get cleaner carpets. No heavy lifting, no labor, just let them in your home and watch them do their magic! 

Quality – Professional carpet cleaners are professionals for a reason. Here at Chem-Dry, we’re required to undergo specific training. Our training, combined with our industry-leading equipment, proprietary cleaning solutions, and years of experience allow us to provide a deep and thorough cleaning that a rented machine can’t provide. 

Peace of Mind – Even though hiring a professional can cost a little more, the peace of mind of knowing that your carpets have been cleaned right is worth the extra expense to many people. If making sure the job is done right is more important to you than saving a few bucks, hiring a professional is probably the best call for you. 


Scheduling – Working with any tradesman usually requires working with their schedule. Even though most professionals try hard to be flexible and punctual, it can still be inconvenient to find a time that works for both parties.

Price – Hiring a professional carpet cleaner is almost always more expensive than doing it yourself. Keep in mind, though, that you usually get what you pay for. The convenience, improved quality, and peace of mind that comes with hiring a professional is often worth the increased dollar amount.


It’s important to decide what carpet cleaning method is right for you. If you’re more worried about saving money and don’t mind putting in a little extra work, rent a machine. If you’re more concerned about convenience and making sure your carpets have the deepest clean possible, call a professional. 

If you are interested in having your carpets professionally cleaned, give Chem-Dry of Fulton-Forsyth a call at (770) 886-9300. We would be happy to help!