A good rug shampooer is an investment. It’s a huge help in keeping your carpets clean and helping them to look good longer. A poor choice of carpet shampooer, however, can be a waste of time and even damage your carpet. How do you choose the right one?
1. Cost is naturally going to be a major factor in such a purchase. You’re going to have to spend at least $100-400, possibly more if you go absolutely top of the line. But cost is not an absolute way to determine quality. You must look at what you’re actually getting for your money.
2. Brand reputation is a big help. Brands such as Hoover and Bissell are known for making good quality rug shampooers.
3. While rug shampooers are often called steam vacuums, most don’t actually make steam. You do however, want one that heats the water beyond the temperature you put into it. Too hot may be damaging to certain types of carpet. You can check the product specifications to see if it mentions how much it heats the water and if there are any temperature limits.
4. Another important factor is the type of brushes the rug shampooer uses. Many modern models use either a row of spinning brushes or a beater style such as you see in your usual vacuum cleaner. Either one works, and does much of the scrubbing work for you. Most people prefer moving brushes to models where you have to push down on the handle to do the scrubbing yourself with a stationary brush.
5. You also want the shampooer to have excellent suction, so your carpets don’t take too long to dry after cleaning. Some models blow heated air on the carpet as they go, but if water is being pulled out effectively, it’s not all that necessary. It’s still up to you to use the rug shampooer correctly to bring up the water, which means go slowly.
6. You will also want to consider how big the water tanks are. If you see a lot of complaints that people are having to empty the dirty water tank or refill the clean water tank in the middle of doing a room, you probably want a different model. While it doesn’t hurt anything to have to pause in the middle of the project, it can be quite frustrating to have to do so.
7. Go for a long cord. The cord should be long enough that you can easily do the entire room. Many people like to plug their rug shampooer in a different room than the one they’re working in, to keep the plug away from the humidity of their work. This shouldn’t be a direct issue, but it can’t hurt to keep things away either, so long as it’s not slowing the job down.