We all vacuums our carpets, but not everyone thinks about giving them a good wash now and then. In fact, this chore is normally only ever thought about when you move into a new property (and you’re keeping the carpet), or if you have a rental property and it needs a deep clean once the latest tenants have vacated.
Before I get into the actual guide on choosing a carpet cleaner, I feel it’s necessary to tell you exactly what’s hiding in those fibers, and it doesn’t matter if you have a luxurious deep pile that cost a lot of money, or a budget type carpet. They all have “fibers” and this is where all sorts of unhealthy bugs can hide.
Think about it? Every-time you walk across a carpet whether it’s in bare feet, slippers or shoes, you’re grinding surface dirt deeper into the pile. Add to this the various pollutants that hang about in the air like cigarette smoke, dust and various chemicals it doesn’t bear thinking about what the deeper fibers look like in your carpet.
Sure, vacuuming will help as long as you do it regularly but this only deals with loose dirt and unless you’re prepared to spend a good deal of money, there are few models of vacuum cleaner on the market that will keep airborne particles at bay.
So, now you know the importance of making sure you clean your carpet I’ve taken the liberty of giving you a few tips on what to look for when you’re on the market for a carpet cleaner.
The Power of Steam
As you probably know, my website champions the power of steam when it comes to cleaning your carpets, and there are a couple of reasons for this. One is that steam is very hot and will kill off a good number of bacteria that hides in your carpet. In fact, many of my reviews state that close to 100% of allergy inducing bugs like dust mites will be a thing of the past.
The second reason for choosing a steam carpet cleaner is the fact that it will help vastly reduce the amount of drying time when you’ve finished washing your carpet (or rugs), and this helps prevent mold and mildew from forming which can cause respiratory problems, or set off allergies.
I’m more aware than most how chemicals can affect the air you breathe, and again this could be the reason why people in your home have allergy flare-ups. Whilst you cannot get away from the fact that chemicals are needed when cleaning your carpet, it’s important to choose a cleaner that will thoroughly rinse the fibers once you’ve washed them so make sure this option is available to you if you’re worried about chemical residue being left behind.
Ease of Use
Whilst I recommend (as many manufacturers do) that you clean your carpets at least twice a year, you don’t want to spend all day doing it. So, when you’re looking for a carpet cleaner take into account the following.
- How heavy is the carpet cleaner? This point is important to everyone but especially for those of you that have a hard time getting around. Consider the overall height of the cleaner as well as how easily it will move across your carpets.
- How large is the water reservoir? If you have a particularly large area to deal with, you will need a bigger tank so you’re not backwards and forwards to the sink all the time.
- Attachments and the length of the power cord are also important considerations. Many of the models I have reviewed include extra long power cords and hoses so you don’t have to lug the cleaner up the stairs with you while you clean. Extra long power cords also mean you won’t have to bend down to plug and unplug too often.
Before you dive straight in and order a carpet cleaner because it looks “cool” and the price is something you can’t resist, make sure you think about what suits your needs. Not all carpet cleaners are created equal. As mentioned, consider how large the area you have is, think about the type of carpet you have and what model will suit it best and most importantly how versatile it is.
You may need a carpet cleaner that will deal with the odd spill with ease, or can handle ground in stains. There are many options available to you, and I have done my best to cover all the angles with the reviews you can find on my website. Just remember to take your time with your research.