What is a Carpet Cleaner
A carpet cleaner is what everybody needs to keep their houses clean. Thanks to this device, you can easily clean carpets and floor surfaces, saving a lot of money on dry-cleaning. The main feature of this type of vacuum cleaners is the ability to clean deeply, disinfecting carpets and other surfaces. Due to special fluids and additional cleaning functions, these carpet cleaners are able to remove even old stubborn stains. Cleaning regularly with a carpet cleaner will save your place from dust, dirt, harmful bacteria and allergens.
If you've got kids or pets, you know how messy a place can be after their games. If it's a problem that you are facing, we recommend you to pay attention to handheld vacuums.
What Features to Compare
Cleaning efficiency of a carpet cleaner is several times higher than of a standard vacuum cleaner. With a carpet cleaner you won't need to clean your place every day, just once a week! The efficiency of a carpet cleaner depends on several criteria, and the main one is a power. The more power the motor yields, the better the vac absorbs dirt. 300 Watts is enough to clean linoleum, parquet or carpet with a low pile. For heavily soiled (by animal dander or dirt street) and complex surfaces (woolen carpets) the required power ought to be from 300 to 450 Watts. Another criterion is the width of a main attachment. It will affect the amount of time you need to spend on cleaning. Standard brushes have an average width of 10 inches. That's a pretty good size for a quick and effective cleaning.
Usability and Performance
The next important aspect is a power cord length. An optimal length of the cord should be from 20 feet to 26 feet, such length makes it possible to clean a room without pulling the power cord out of an outlet. The size and weight of a carpet cleaner also affect its performance and usability. These parameters are primarily dependent on the amount of water in a tank. The capacity of a clean water tank, as a rule, varies between 2.3 to 10 liters. For example, to clean a two-bedroom apartment, you'd need to use up to 7.5 liters of clean water. The manufacturers often equip vacs with a bit bigger dirty water tank - from 5 to 20 liters. Consider the height of a handle as well, for if it's adjustable, the cleaning will be much more comfortable and efficient too.
Package and Additional Features
We highly recommend you to pay attention to additional features of all carpet cleaners on our shortlist. They determine what kind of tasks the device is able to perform. Usually, carpet cleaners are equipped with 5-7 attachments: 2 or 3 of them are good for wet cleaning, and 3 or 4 are used for dry cleaning. The standard attachment has an adjustable brush that can clean any carpet or carpeted floor quite good. When moving forward, the brush sweeps the floor and absorbs the dust that immediately goes into a carpet cleaner. This brush also protects the floor from scratches.
As for additional attachments, the crevice tool cleans in the most hard-to-reach areas such as louvre-boards, gaps between the furniture, heaters, and ledges. A big attachment for carpets or a small attachment for upholstered furniture is usually used for wet cleaning. There is a built-in mechanism inside these attachments which sprays a special cleaning solution. In most carpet cleaners there are 2 cleaning stages. First, you have to spray the detergent mixed with water on the needed surface, then a brush whips this mix into the foam, after that the foam enters deep into the fibers of the carpet, and finally all the dirt goes up together with the foam. A carpet cleaner absorbs everything into a dirty water tank and, as a result, the surface dries. There is a possibility to wash both the upholstery and furniture during the cleaning since a carpet cleaner splashes shampoo with water and immediately collects it.
A SpinScrub patented system is a brush that rotates in two opposite directions and scrubs the carpet pile on all sides. This makes it possible to remove even the stubborn grime stains, allergens, and unpleasant smell with minimal effort. But this system is not available for all models of carpet cleaners.