The decision to upgrade or replace carpet-care equipment can be time-consuming and daunting task for cleaning managers. Many factors must be considered before a purchase is made. Factors to consider include the size of the machine and storage space available, available budget dollars and cleaning needs, and the training requirements necessary following the purchase. Too many times, managers make the mistake of letting only the price dictate whether or not the purchase happens. In fact, the cost of new equipment can often be justified if it proves to reduce cleaning times and employee fatigue. For instance, the quality of the machine is important because managers can lose money on equipment that requires frequent downtime for maintenance, or one that has expensive replacement parts. Ease of use and additional features should also be considered. A machine that allows for multi-tasking and requires little training will save time and money for the cleaning department.