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Tips on Buying a Carpet Cleaner

by Lindsay Wilcox

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Steam carpet cleaner removes dirt from filthy carpet

There's no reason to deal with stained carpets when you can buy a carpet cleaner for your home. Whether you want a portable carpet cleaner to clean up spills immediately or a steam carpet cleaner for scrubbing dirt from your floors, the following suggestions will help you find the right carpet steam cleaners for your space. Read on for tips on buying a carpet cleaner.

Shopping for a Carpet Cleaner:

  1. Buy a carpet cleaner that's the right size for your home. If you have large rooms with thick carpets, you'll probably like an upright home carpet cleaner best for scrubbing your floors. These heavy-duty machines feature wide tracks for cleaning carpets quickly, several brushes, large tanks for holding cleaning solution and plenty of power. Make sure you buy home carpet cleaners that include different settings for scrubbing rugs and carpets and modes for rinsing, spot cleaning and picking up spills. If you live in a small apartment, you may prefer a portable carpet cleaner. A handheld model will allow you to maneuver around tight spaces and remove dirt and debris from your carpet while you scrub spots with the included brush. The best carpet cleaner will work efficiently and clean all grime from your floors, no matter what size it is.

  2. Purchase a carpet cleaner with the features you need. Before you buy a carpet cleaner, you'll want to make sure it has all of the functions and tools you need to effectively scrub your floors. An efficient steam carpet cleaner should include a spraying tool that can quickly soak stains and spills and a built-in water heater for keeping your water hot for a long time as you clean. You'll also want to buy a carpet cleaner with a dual tank, whether you prefer portable or upright cleaners, so that the clean water and used water do not mix. Make sure your steam cleaners and carpet cleaners include cleaning formula, too, if they require special chemicals.

  3. Choose a carpet cleaner that you can store easily in your home. While you may be tempted to buy the biggest carpet cleaner you can afford, especially if you have large rooms and a lot of carpet to clean, you'll want to consider your storage space before choosing a cleaner. The best carpet cleaner for your home may be a canister or portable style; these models are compact and fit into almost any closet. An upright carpet cleaner the size of a traditional vacuum can also fit into tight spaces, but you'll need a larger storage space if you want a wide-track carpet cleaner.

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