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Old 05-09-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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Question Carpet Steamers: any of you have one?

I'm looking to purchase a carpet cleaner/steamer and was wondering if any of you had one/used one you could recommend. I'm kind of looking at the Bissell & Hoover models, but haven't made up my mind completely.

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Old 05-09-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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My in-laws have a Bissell and it works as well as this type of thing works.
It is easy to use and you will be grossed out at how dirty the water is when you empty it

I used to clean carpets for a living (my absolute worst job ever) and one of the first things we were taught was that water cleaning and steam cleaning will not do much for real stains. It will seem like it gets the stain out, but then a few month later the stain is back. Basically all the water/steam does is push the stain down toward the backing. Over times it comes back to the surface.

These units are great for cleaning, but not great for stain removal unless you just want a temporary solution.
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hmmmmmmmm....maybe I'll get a company in here then......

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Is it stains you are looking to get out?
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I have a Hoover & I quite like it. I do pretreat/scrub all the stains with their pre-treater/stain remover first, tho'. It works very well.
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:13 PM   #6
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We have a Bissell and I would get a bigger one if I were buying now. I agree that the stains really have to be pre-treated or they reappear. My carpet is too light to be in the country. DH cleans it about every month. He does a good job, but it takes quite a while.
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My sis in law uses a powder cleaner and her carpets look fabulous still. She said that shampooers are hard on a carpet. I personally always used shampooers but once we get the new carpet in here I'll def. be going with the powder cleaner. We don't wear our shoes on the carpets so they don't get really dirty. Occasionally something gets spilt but I quickly grab my woolite spot cleaner, which I highly recommend.
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She said that shampooers are hard on a carpet.
I would actually worry more about powders than shampoo. Shampoo does not damage the carpet at all, but powders often times can act like an abrasive and actually cut through the carpet fibers. Over time this will wear the carpet out a lot quicker than it would have otherwise.
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I would actually worry more about powders than shampoo. Shampoo does not damage the carpet at all, but powders often times can act like an abrasive and actually cut through the carpet fibers. Over time this will wear the carpet out a lot quicker than it would have otherwise.
Hmmmm....I've known her now for 11 years and they have the same carpet and it still looks new????
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Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the carpet powder she is using is going to cause a problem. I am simply saying that powders can act as an abrasive, but water and shampoo are not hard on a carpet at all. Water and shampoo might not always clean stains as well as you want (see my above posts), but they will not damage a carpet at all.
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