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Are we talking 200 or 20,000sf? The dry clean stuff is pretty good unless you have heavy stains. Capture is a brand I have used at times. Sprinkle it on, brush it in. Vacuum out.

If you are not sure your situation, don't start messing around with varied DIY products and approaches though.

If you have pet stains and are trying to get rid of that odor? Forget it, call a pro.

I've got to be honest with you. The carpet cleaning industry is so fiercely competitive these days I cannot imagine it makes any sense to do it yourself. They are all insured and bonded (or those you hire should be) so if they goof it is on them. Even if you have but a tiny space if you can be flexible with scheduling by a few hours or days? They will beat the price of what you can do yourself.

It is like $40-50/day to rent a cleaner here in Chicago and at least another $60-100 for pre-treating and carpet cleaner chemicals to clean a one or small two bedroom apartment. Plus you have to drag it back and forth and pay for water to run the thing.

My clients tended not to have carpet but last time I needed a cleaner it was like $250 or something to do everything on three floors of a townhouse with a steam, not water extraction process I had used in the past. I would have had to charge my client time for dragging the machine to and from the rental place and for the work. No way I could justify doing that to them.
 
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