Vacuuming and cleaning stains is not enough to keep a floor clean. A vacuum cleaner can remove dust and debris. Carpet cleaners minimize the discoloration caused by spills, but this can leave some areas looking dingy. For a complete down to the matting scrubbing, carpet shampooers do the best job. A spotless carpet rejuvenates an entire room. A rug free of dust, dirt, and organic stains is also much safer for the health of family and pets.
There are many different brands and types of shampooers available for either rent or purchase. Many professional cleaning services also offer carpet cleaning. Consumer guides give customers a general rating of services and products, but knowing some general information about the different types of carpet cleaning machines is a good idea.
Rotary carpet machines spray shampoo directly onto the carpet. This type of machine uses a dispensing system then brushes the solution directly into the carpet. Earlier machines could leave a carpet over wetted and the chemicals were too harsh for some carpet fabrics. Most current machines of this type are now able to pull the water from the carpet while using detergents that foam easily without the need for strenuous brushing.
Cylindrical foam cleaners use a combing action to clean larger areas faster. These machines are also quieter as they use an air compressor to generate a stream of foamy soap directly onto the surface. The unique cylindrical brush then combs through the carpet fabric pulling up even deeply ground in dirt. Before using a rented or purchased shampoo and carpet shampooer for the first time it is best to test a small part of the floor first before cleaning a large area. Renting a few machines before making a purchasing and trying a variety of different carpet shampoos can help with making the decision of the best ones to purchase.