Steam Carpet Cleaning Equipment Hire
Unlike most domestic cleaning equipment, steam carpet cleaners are only used once every 12 to 18 months; and as good piece of equipment will cost you in the area of four hundred pounds, a lot of people choose to rent one out for a day or two rather than purchasing one. Doing so is fairly straight forward quite a bit cheaper than purchasing one – at least in the short term. This guide is here to help you decide whether to buy or hire, and ensure that you get a good deal whichever you choose.
Buy or Hire?
As I’ve already mention, steam carpet cleaning equipment hire is a well spread phenomenon and you won’t struggle to find somewhere to do so. Renting a machine will – on average – set you back between £25-35 and this will get you a well looked-after machine in the £4-600 price-range (with domestic machines going for anywhere between £50 and £1,500, these are good pieces of equipment). This is for one day, but if you rent the machine out for several days you shouldn’t have to pay more than £10-15 per additional 24 hours. A good money-saving tip is to buy your pre-treatment solution prior to renting from an online shop, as this will often be considerably cheaper.
As briefly mentioned above, buying an equivalent piece of equipment will cost you on average around £500, which is a daunting sum for most people to spend on a machine that you won’t use all that regularly. In other words, you would need to use the machine some 15 times before it pays for itself compared to renting – which will take you roughly as many years. However, steam carpet cleaners can also be used to clean upholstery with ease and owning one will save on travel costs and inconvenience.
In other words, the rent vs. buy decision comes down to:
- Whether you will be using it to clean upholstery on a more regular basis;
- Long term vs. short term finance – where steam carpet cleaning equipment hire wins in the short term, but purchasing in the long term.
Finding a Good Rental Deal
If you opt for steam carpet cleaning equipment hire over purchase, always make sure to do a thorough price comparison prior to committing to a rental agreement. The price of your rental can vary by as much as £20-25 for very similar machines, so it’s definitely a worthwhile exercise. The best way to find a good deal is to use a search engine, such as Google, and searching for “steam carpet cleaning equipment hire” + “your city”; this will bring back a list of places that offers machine hire. If several competing firms have the same price, try phoning them up and bartering for a better price or a free bottle of pre-conditioner, if the competition is stiff they will give you a better deal in a heartbeat.
On a final note, always make sure to ask for full instructions and advice before leaving the shop. The representative will gladly show you how to use the machine correctly, and if you have a particular type of stain you’re worried about, ask them for advice.