Carpet can be an expensive thing to replace. After enough wear and tear, spills, stains, and accidents, it’s probably time just to bag your old carpet and get it all replaced, right? Wrong. Carpet Shampooers are designed to replenish and restore your carpet no matter what kind of stains or spills have happened upon it.
When looking for the best carpet shampooer for you, first figure out what you want to accomplish with your cleaner. Is it just for minor stains and spills? Is it for a heavy duty revamping of the entire house? Do you need to clean any upholstery or furniture as well? These questions will help you to know what you are looking for in a carpet shampooer.
Carpet shampooers come typically in two main categories – Wet or Dry. Wet cleaners use a system of rotating brushes, soaking of the stains, and suction to remove dirt and grime. The only downside to these cleaners is that it does take some time for the carpet to dry so you don’t want to walk on it or disturb it until it does. Dry cleaners use a system of chemical absorbers, steam and high heat suction to create a dry finish when you are done using the machine. These are great for fixing carpet stains quickly, but do not have the lasting cleaning effects of a wet cleaner.
If you are looking to clean upholstery, drapes, or car interiors, then make sure you find a cleaner that has some added features and accessories. Both Hoover and Bissell offer models that come with attachments that can clean hard to reach areas and added controls to customize your cleaning job. Most of the time the handle will have buttons to control water temperature and specific controls for your stairs and upholstery.
If you are looking to do smaller jobs than look for a carpet shampooer that is more lightweight (10-14 pounds) and has rotating brushes. Rotating brushes offer a deeper clean but will wear out your carpet quicker, so if you only use it for smaller jobs than it is the perfect choice for you. For bigger jobs and tougher stains look for a more heavy duty cleaner that has fixed brushes and 4 or more rows of cleaning bristles. This will help you to get the best clean without ruining your carpet too quickly.
Last of all find something within your price range. There are some perfectly good units available at your local Walmart or other discount store for under $200. These and others can be found at competitive prices and fit nicely within your budget.