Not any more! After my Flood Fiasco, I had my very own Steam Cleaner. Now it only costs me the price of a bottle of carpet cleaning solution ($10.15) which keeps me going for about 4 years!
Just as an example, here's my stairs BEFORE & AFTER:
...and here's what came out of them (eww!):
You never get to see what actually comes out of your carpets when you hire the Professionals to come out, and I get a real satisfaction knowing that I removed this much grime!
An added bonus is that I can clean my carpets as they need it and more often than 2-3 times a year, so my family can stay healthy while I'm keep the allergens at bay.
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Steam Clean Carpets Yourself, All Areas (Cleaning Solution $10.50, Steam Cleaner $160.00*)
Total Fake-It Yourself Cost: $10.50
ChemDry Quote $535.00 per visit (x3 cleanings per year)
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings: $1,594.50