Keeping carpets clean can be time consuming and at times it may be physically tiring. Because it is a difficult job, getting the right carpet cleaning machine is crucial as this will help not only cut down on time but also clean your carpets correctly and effectively. With the right machine you will be able to remove stains, help prevent damage to your carpets, and in doing so prolong its lifespan and good looks.
The Vacuum Cleaner
There is a wide and at times eclectic range of carpet cleaning machines on the market. The most common are the vacuum cleaners yet even here there are a few different styles to choose from. The “upright vacuum” is one choice while the “canister vacuum” is another. Many people also prefer the “hand-held vacuum” for use on stairs or other areas where a normal vacuum cannot reach. While not as strong as the other two types “hand-held vacuums” are a good household addition.
The “upright vacuum” can be used with either one or two motors. Each motor is designed for the type of dirt as well as the type and the frequency it is used. These types of vacuum cleaners have rotating brushes that are able to scrub stains while vacuuming. However they are not suitable for all types of carpets as their brushes may cause damage to the pile.
“Canister vacuums” on the other hand are versatile, small and easy to store. They offer only one motor and a hand held nozzle that glides over the surface of the carpet. Without the use of agitating brushes they are able to minimize damage.
A vacuum cleaner however is only good for extracting surface dirt. Carpets do entail more in-depth cleaning in order to prolong their use, their looks and minimize damage. Trapped dirt deep within the fibers acts like small knives and with friction will eventually cut the pile and cause damage to the carpet permanently.
While a vacuum cleaner is an indispensable machine for daily maintenance it is only able to extract a small percentage of trapped dirt and dust.
Carpet Cleaning Extractors
This type of cleaner is used for deep cleaning or for use on stubborn stains. It is able to extract dirt from deep within the pile of the carpet, not just the surface. This machine works by injecting the cleaning solution deep into the carpet pile and extracting the dirt trapped there.
Steam cleaning carpet units work by means of extraction using steam to draw out the dirt trapped within the fibers. This machine is particularly effective for getting to dirt that has seeped deep within the carpet. By injecting steam it loosens the dirt and brings it closer to the surface where it can be vacuumed up. However this type of machine leaves residual of moisture behind. The carpet needs to be thoroughly dried before use as any movement on a wet carpet will cause the pile to lie down and look used and unattractive.
Both types of extraction carpet cleaners come in a variety of sizes and offer a host of attachments and accessories. The size should be applicable for what its intended use is while the choice of attachments and accessories are aimed at addressing specific problems such as stains or high traffic area dirt.
Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning Machines
A dry carpet cleaning machine is a type of extraction cleaner which uses a different type of shampoo either in the form of a powder or dry foam. The machine forces the cleaner deep into the fibers bringing the dirt to the surface. Thereafter it is simply vacuumed away leaving the carpet dry and ready for use.
Selecting the right carpet cleaning machine
It is essential that carpets are kept optimally clean. While a vacuum cleaner is good for daily maintenance carpets require deeper cleaning on a regular basis. When it comes time for selecting your carpet cleaning machine you need to make sure that it is right for your application. In order to select the right one you need to first consider how you will be using the machine, how large your carpeted areas are and what type of carpet you have.