DIY or Professional Carpet Cleaner?

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

When you have made the decision to clean your carpets the choice between doing this yourself or hiring a professional may come down to the following three reasons:

  • Cost

  • Quality

  • Time


The cost of carpet cleaning is significantly lower if you do it yourself. The cost of hiring a carpet cleaning machine and the detergents come between $40-$60 for a one-to-two-day hire. These are readily available at supermarkets and hardware stores.

The cost of a professional carpet cleaner can vary but in general cost more than hiring a machine and doing it yourself.


There is significant risk in cleaning your own carpets. It is a cheaper alternative than hiring a professional however it is at the expense of quality. Professional carpet technicians use powerful machines and knowledge of what detergent to use to give the best result. The difference in quality can be significant.

Taking it upon yourself can run the risk of damaging the carpets as there is no recourse should a DYI carpet cleaning job go wrong. With a professional should they damage the carpet it is covered under their insurance.


The trade off between hiring a machine and doing it yourself compared with hiring a professional is time. The time it takes for a professional carpet cleaner to do a job is significantly quicker than doing it yourself.

When you take into account the time to go and hire a machine, clean the carpets and then retuning the machine, the process can take most of the day. On average carpet cleaning yourself can take up to 1.5 hours longer than what a professional can do and that’s not taking into account time to pick up and returning the machine.

So, DIY or Professional? If you have time on your hands and want to save some money then hire a carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself.

Should you wish to get a professional carpet cleaning business to do the job for you then prepare to pay more but expect the quality, indemnity and time saved.

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