Carpet Shampooers – Find the best carpet shampooer

Shampooing your carpet is considered of the oldest cleaning methods and is still among the most effective from a results standpoint.

At one time carpet shampooers were only available to professional cleaners, but now there are models available for individuals to rent or own for do-it-yourself cleaning.

Extractors (Shampooers) for Home Use:

Why bother with the scheduling and expense of hiring a professional carpet cleaning service when there's a home solution?

Dirt Devil® Carpet Shampooers - Jaguar™ and Platinum Force™ - operate in much the same manner as typical carpet deep-cleaner extractors, such as a Bissell ProHeat or Hoover SteamVac. Cleaning solution is sprayed into the carpet, agitated with brushes, and dirty water and detergent is finally sucked backed up into a self-contained receptacle.

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To find the best carpet shampooer for home use, consult consumer guide digests for equipment ratings, contact professional housecleaners for their input, check the internet for any posted reviews opinions, commentaries, or manufacturer comparisons.

Professional Carpet Shampooers:

If you opt to hire a carpet cleaning service, you'll find that the commercial carpet shampooers used by the professionals are designed for performing a more complex shampooing process. The machines themselves are considerably larger and require a level of mastery available only to trained individuals. Two types of shampoo methods can be undertaken by the professionals, as follows:

  • Cylindrical foam shampoo machines

    use an air compressor to create dry foam before the foam is applied to the carpet. The carpet is agitated with a revolving cylindrical brush which combs the foam through carpet pile. This method is prone to leaving dirt trapped in the carpet pile. As with any shampoo method, the professional should thoroughly vacuum the carpet before and after cleaning.
  • The rotary shampoo method

    uses an ordinary rotary floor machine, sprays shampoo onto the carpet from a dispensing tank, and a rotary brush whips the detergent to a foam. Most carpet mills and carpet fiber producers discourage the use of rotary brushes on carpet because of the potential damage that can occur. Overwetting is common with this method which can cause shrinkage and odor.

Carpet Shampooer

The shampoo method received some negative feedback in the early years of carpet cleaning due to ineffective chemicals – those early cleaning solutions were soaps that left a residue on the carpet which would actually hasten re-soiling. The early carpet shampooers did not have the power or capacity to pull out all of the dirty water and chemical residue, different from today's commercial-grade equipment which uses improved chemicals, non-damaging brushes and extraction to eradicate imbedded dirt.

Before deciding to use a carpet shampooer on your rug or carpet, consult your carpet handbook to make sure it is a method which will not damage your floor covering. If you are unsure as to the content of your carpet, contact a local carpet retailer, or consult with a professional cleaner.

Cleaning your carpet using a rotary or bonnet shampooing method may be a job for trained professionals – not only will they have the most powerful equipment, but also the expertise to deal with the complexities of shampoo cleaning.

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