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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 6:06 PM


Anyone have one of these? If so, does it work for you?

I've had mine about 4 years, but I've only really used it fewer than 10 times (my house now has very little carpet).

Probably the reason I've used it so seldom is because it seems to me to be a piece of garbage that doesn't work worth a flip.

I'd love to know they're not all like mine, that there's hope I can take it to somebody to work on it, and bring it home working much better.

Anybody? Help?

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 8:11 PM

I think all carpet cleaners that are bought from anywhere are rip offs. The ones that work the best are those that professional carpet cleaners use for carpets, drapes, and furnature. Having this done once a year is not only easier, but does a much better job, as the machines are better than the ones that stores sell. I bought one from a furnature store, used it once and didn't like the results. I'm not sure but I think it was made by Kirby, as that was so many years ago.

Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Fri, 22nd Jan '10 12:56 PM

that's nice to hire professionals if you can afford it. Mine works just fine for what I want it to do, it's a hoover windtunnel. buchanan

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Fri, 22nd Jan '10 1:12 PM

Buchanan and F5laur are both correct. The current carpet shampooers for home use do a reasonably decent job. I have lots of pets inside and so my shampooer is never put away. I don't use it daily but several times a month. It works just fine. You might read through your instruction manual to make sure you are using it correctly (I'm sometimes surprised at what I learn when I go back and reread the user manual. So Buchanan is correct in that a shampooer sold for the home can do a decent job.

However, F5laur is also correct that the commercial shampooing companies can do a better job. Your carpets get cleaner, and they stay clean longer. but it is costly. Especially where I am having to shampoo more often than most. (I'm hoping this summer the carpet will go out the door!)

There's a reason why the commercial shampooing is better than what we can do at home - several reasons in fact. First, they use commercial products that are much stronger than what we can buy at the store; second, their equipment is a lot more powerful than what we can buy at the store; and third, they most likely rinse the shampoo out of the carpet - did you know if you don't rinse the carpet after shampooing that it gets dirtier faster? The shampoo residue leaves an oily layer on the fibers. A dealer who supplies commercial cleaning products told me that.

Don't you love it when 2 people can have differing views and both still be right!?

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