Sure you could try to clean these things yourself, but you might just end up ruining them instead.
It may seem like an odd choice to hire a professional just to clean your carpets, but James Neal, owner of Rainbow International Restoration of Northern Cook and Lake Counties, highly recommends it. We aren’t saying you need to bring someone in every week, but according to Neal, “carpets tend to collect many pollutants that regular carpet cleaners don’t pick up.” Neal recommends bringing in a professional cleaner once every 12-18 months to deep clean your carpets and get rid of any dander, mold, pollen and dust mites that may be collecting in ways you can’t reach on your own.
If you’ve got a particularly tough stain, bring in help sooner rather than later. “Our team has come across scenarios where homeowners have used store-bought products to clean their carpets without taking into consideration the fibers and chemistry of the carpet. As a result, we’ve seen stains get bigger, brighter and decolorized,” Neal adds. While you’re waiting for the professional, try filling your time by tackling one of the things you can clean in 5 minutes.
Move-in and move-out cleaning
Kathy Turley of Home Clean Heroes suggests leaving these two mammoth undertakings to the professionals. While cleaning an empty home sounds easy enough, it can be a nightmare. One area Home Clean Heroes focuses on during this type of cleaning that you definitely don’t want to tackle yourself is removing the grease build-up off of the kitchen cabinets. Getting a house move-in ready can be a much larger job than you are anticipating and Turley recommends avoiding the stress altogether and scheduling a professional cleaning before the big date. Want to know how they do it? Here are our favorite house cleaning hacks from professional cleaners.