Carpet Shampooer Buying Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Carpet Shampooer
A carpet shampooer will keep your carpets looking fresh and knock out those tough stains and odours trapped in the carpet fibres. Vacuuming alone isn’t enough to keep bacteria at bay – a carpet shampooer works to lift deeply embedded grime using a combination of water, detergent and suction. How do you choose which carpet shampooer will suit your home? We’ll take you through everything you need to know so you can confidently choose the best carpet shampooer for you.
Benefits of Owning a Carpet Shampooer
There’s no need to outsource carpet cleaning to a professional when it’s so easy to DIY. A carpet shampooer is a practical, cost-effective investment for maintaining the longevity of your carpets.
Types of Carpet Shampooers
There are 3 types of carpet shampooers to choose from: upright, handheld, and extraction units. Upright and handheld are the models generally used in households while extraction units are typically used for commercial purposes.
Upright Carpet Shampooers
Upright carpet shampooers are the most popular models. They are designed to deliver a professional cleaning result with minimal fuss. The best shampooers come equipped with a brush that provides a scrubbing action to effectively lift dirt that’s been deeply embedded in the fibres.
Portable Carpet Shampooers
Perfect for spot cleans, portable carpet shampooers are designed to attend to stains quickly and easily, without needing to bring out the big guns.
Carpet Shampooer Extraction Units
Carpet extraction machines are most commonly used for commercial cleaning purposes and cleaning carpets damaged by flooding.
Picking the Best Carpet Shampooer for Your Home
Consider all aspects when choosing your carpet shampooer – after all, you’ll hopefully be using it for a very long time. Features to keep in mind when shopping:
Larger tanks will help you cover more carpet between refills.
A wider head will make it quicker to clean rooms, and you can use an upholstery attachment for stairs and smaller areas.
Look for a model where the dirty-water tank is easy to remove.
Choose a model with superior scrubbing action. This might come in the form of twin roller brushes or vibrating scrubbing brushes that work the cleaning solution into the carpet to help remove stains.
The temperature of the water increases a carpet shampooer’s efficiency. Models with a self-heating ability are more effective and efficient.
Models with Specialised Attachments
Do you want to use your shampooer on hard floors, upholstery and mattresses? Choose a model that comes with extra tools to perform these tasks.
Does your home have stairs? Do you own any pets? Do you just need something to attend to those spills as they happen? Consider all the factors related to your home and specific situation so you’re sure you’ve picked the model best suited to meet your requirements.
Tips for Using Your Carpet Shampooer
Carpet cleaning is easy to do yourself and means you’ll save big on what’s normally spent on hiring professional services. Once you’ve chosen the perfect carpet shampooer for your home, you’ll be set to tackle any cleaning situation.
How to Use a Carpet Shampooer
The steps for using a carpet shampooer will vary between the different types, so always check the manufacturer’s manual. For an upright carpet shampooer, the general steps are:
How to Dry Carpet After Cleaning
Some models will come with advanced drying technology which blows dry air as you clean. Otherwise you can try one or a combination of the following:
How often should carpets be cleaned?
As always, check with the manufacturer for cleaning instructions. Commonly, high-use carpeted areas should be cleaned once every 3-6 months, and the entire carpet should be cleaned at least once or twice a year.
Our Favourite Carpet Shampooers
Wertheim Extractor Carpet Shampooer
Bissell Cleanview Carpet Shampooer
Bissell Spot and Stain Remover
Wertheim SE9500 Animal Pro Carpet Shampooer
Hoover Vibra Brush Carpet Shampooer
Optim Carpet Shampooer
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