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Old 01-22-2009, 10:02 AM   #11
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In my humble opinion I will quote my son.
8 years, carpet fitter & wood floor layer
he told us not to bother with steam cleaners as they only push the dirt further down in the pile, and once you start you have to keep doing it!
Trouble is they really only clean the top of the pile
I was a professional carpet cleaner for a while and I agree with your son. The steam cleaners do not clean. They just push the stain down. Eventually the stain will move back up to the top. If you are just looking to hide the stain for a while then they will work, but they generally will not permanently remove a stain.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:30 PM   #12
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I was a professional carpet cleaner for a while and I agree with your son. The steam cleaners do not clean. They just push the stain down. Eventually the stain will move back up to the top. If you are just looking to hide the stain for a while then they will work, but they generally will not permanently remove a stain.
This may be true in some cases but not all. I had carpeting in all of my retail stores as well as throughout my homes and always had Stanley Steamer do the job. My retail stores had stains you wouldn't believe and they NEVER came back. Same with the stains on my own home carpeting. I don't know why they didn't but they just didn't. When my son cleaned my carpeting in my home a few months ago, he took out a stain from a bowl of tomato soup I spilled in my den. I just looked at it again after your post and it's still as clean as it was when he first cleaned it.
I would still recommend the Bissell. It's going to save me a lot of money in the long run and it's easy to use.
I also have carpeting throughout my RV in Michigan that has to be cleaned every year and the stains are gone.
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Thanks everyone! I think we're going to go with the Bissell 9400 proheat.

My son and his girlfriend really want one and we are really buying it as a favor to them. We're each paying for half of it and will share the prize. lol. Though...I should make them come clean the carpets!!!
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