There seems to be a general misconception when it comes to purchasing a carpet cleaning machine for your home that they are designed to work perfectly, restoring carpets to nearly new conditions. Even the 5 best carpet cleaning machines available for purchase don’t work miracles and in the majority of instances are intended for maintenance purposes and to tend to stains before they have a chance to become permanent. Once every year or so it is a prudent move to get a professional service to use a truck mounted steam cleaning machine to deep clean carpets thoroughly. While this is expensive, it is a necessity if you really want to maintain a healthy home environment.
In most cases carpet cleaning machines designed for home use is an area of “you get what you pay for” – size, motor and suction strength matter greatly in that the basic idea is to remove as much of the cleaning solution put into the carpet as possible and along with it will come the dirt. Here’s a look at a few of the better machines on the market:
1. Bissell ProHeat 2X Deep Cleaning System
For the suggested price of around $200 this machine is tough to top and can clean carpet, upholstery, auto and stairs. This weighs 26 pounds, has a one gallon cleaning solution capacity, a 27 foot power cord, a 12 inch wide cleaning path and a power brush. A very nice deal for the money.
2. Hoover Platinum Collection Carpet Washer
Although a bit more costly at around $400 this does an excellent overall job, offering two speed brush settings, a strong vacuum to remove cleaning solution and a 6 year warranty. This unit heats the solution and comes with a number of very useful attachments as well.
3. Hoover Max Extract All Terrain
This jewel not only does a good job on carpet cleaning but can also tend to hard surface flooring as well. For around $250 it comes with a one year warranty, 3 separate brush speeds and 3 height adjustment settings. For the price this one is a steal!
4. Bissell Little Green PROheat
While this is a smaller and less expensive unit at only $130 this is the perfect carpet cleaning machine designed for removing stains. This heats cleaning water to 25 degrees higher than tap water and has a 3 inch tools that can get into tight areas, only weighing 13 pounds and comes with a one year warranty.
5. Hoover SteanVac
For about $140 you can buy this neat little carpet cleaner that does a big job on dirt, powered by an incredibly strong 71 amp motor. This unit holds a gallon of cleaning solution, has a 20 foot cord and a one year warranty.
Regardless of what carpet cleaning machine a consumer may purchase there are a few basic facts that need addressed and the two most important cannot be understated. Using the wrong type of cleaning solution or one that is not recommended by the manufacturer can void the warranty on your carpet cleaning machine, and secondly using the wrong type of carpet cleaning machine and/or unapproved cleaning agents can void the warranty on you carpets. Always use due diligence or it can be extremely costly.