Carpet Cleaner

Just about DIY? My brother's asked me to check Which? for carpet
cleaners, and it's come up with a Bissell Clean View Deep Clean 18Z7E.
In fact, this was the only Best Buy by a long chalk. £350, which he can
afford he tells me.
Anybody and recommendations please? He's got a big house, white carpets
and a dog.
I hired a Rug Doctor a while back and it seemed fine, but I think he
wants to buy and have a machine to hand.
Reply to
RJH
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I have a simpler, cheaper machine similar to
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x which cost me about £60 in Tesco Direct Sale.
It is handy to have to clean up spills etc, but - IHMO it doesn't get the carpet wet enough to actually wash it - it doesn't get right into corners/edges - doing a whole room in one go will take *ages*. It's much, much, slower th an vacuuming - construction is a bit plasticy especially on the clear parts (styrene?)
It is horrifying what muck comes out of a 'clean' carpet, though.
Owain
Reply to
spuorgelgoog
We recently bought BISSELL ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner with HeatWave Technolgy 18583. Only used it once so far but delighted with the performance. Significantly improved some stains that other cleaners (including Rug Doctor) didn't touch. It also completely removed some staining on a beige coloured sofa using the supplied tool. We got ours from Amazon and it's now on sale there for less than we paid! John M
Reply to
John Miller
You don't want to get the carpet too wet or it will start wicking up the dirt from beneath it
Reply to
alan_m
It can but often doesn't. I've tried it at times when a carpet is otherwise not worth keeping, and usually it's worked out good.
NT
Reply to
tabbypurr
Seems a lot of money for what it does. The key features are contrarotating brushes & pumped solution delivery. Machines without those are better avoid ed. Also years ago I heard of a lot of Bissell bladder machine failures & i ncompatibility with some solutions. Spot cleaning is no more useful than ca rrying a paint brush or spray or squirt bottle etc.
One plus that has is heating, I find heated solution works rather better. I just use warm water when filling. I'd look for other machines at lower pri ce but with the important features.
Oh - one tip, forget buying the carpet cleaning solution, washing powder is much better. Bleach, ammonia & vinegar can be useful for carpets that have n't otherwise cleaned up - not mixed together obviously. And of course blea ch is only for bleachable carpets, which most aren't.
NT
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tabbypurr
This stuff works well. No mess and only normal vacuum cleaner needed.
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Reply to
harry
With a dog, the best plan is to recarpet the house in the colour of the dog. Its not the problem of cleaning its getting the dog fur out of the pile. It took me about a year. As for what type, well I think they are all much the same, expensive for what thy do. Brian
Reply to
Brian Gaff
Brian Gaff presented the following explanation :
What the dogs are expensive? :-)
We have two long haired dogs and a vac which is supposed to be designed for pet hairs. There is always pet hair on the carpets and it certainly works well to pick it up and pull it out of the pile. The vac container fills quite rapidly on the first run around, but a little more can be sucked up on a second run, if making a really good job of it.
Brian - you need to quote just a little of the post you are replying to, because these threads often become disjointed, leaving your reply in isolation and people wondering what your reply is in response to.
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Harry Bloomfield
Brian quotes all the preceding post, but at the bottom (where it may be lost below the sig line in some newsreaders) because he top posts, which he is allowed to do as he's blind and his newsreader works for him that way.
Owain
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spuorgelgoog
I have one of these & in my considered opinion it's absolutely excellent.
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Reply to
TMH
Washing powder is an absolute no no. It will leave a residue behind to attract dirt & make the fibres sticky.
Buy a decent Prochem product
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Reply to
TMH
Thanks everyone - I'll pass on the info. I don't think carpet (or dog) swap is an option - as it happens it's a white husky type, so I think a near match anyway. Knowing my brother, that's on purpose, and not for carpet clean purposes ;-)
Reply to
RJH
illing. I'd look for other machines at lower price but with the important f eatures.
r is much better. Bleach, ammonia & vinegar can be useful for carpets that haven't otherwise cleaned up - not mixed together obviously. And of course bleach is only for bleachable carpets, which most aren't.
Washing powder residue is dry powder. Carpet cleaning solutions OTOH use de tergent that leaves a sticky residue. The line I heard in a presentation wa s that despite that it was a good tradeoff, no further details. Having clea ned carpets many times I've found washing powder much better.
NT
Reply to
tabbypurr
Bear in mind that;
(a) I have an HNC in chemistry (b) I was a moderator for the British Institute of Cleaning Science (c) Spent 25 years in the cleaning industry (d) Ran training courses in carpet cleaning (e) Ran my own carpet cleaning company (f) Wrote the DIY Wiki on carpet cleaning
I think you can probably take my word for it.......
Reply to
TMH
n filling. I'd look for other machines at lower price but with the importan t features.
der is much better. Bleach, ammonia & vinegar can be useful for carpets tha t haven't otherwise cleaned up - not mixed together obviously. And of cours e bleach is only for bleachable carpets, which most aren't.
e detergent that leaves a sticky residue. The line I heard in a presentatio n was that despite that it was a good tradeoff, no further details. Having cleaned carpets many times I've found washing powder much better.
That's hard to argue with :) I should try the carpet cleaning process on an item of clothing some time, see how it comes out.
I presume washing up liquid also leaves sticky residue. Are there any much cheaper than specialist carpet cleaning solutions that don't?
NT
Reply to
tabbypurr
Horses for courses. Washing machines rinse clothing much more effectively than carpet cleaning machines rinse carpets.
In the USA it's quite common to scrub carpets with a rotary floor machine & detergent, then use a carpet machine with plain water. They are often called "rinsers".
Again horses for courses. If you look at the dilution rate of a decent trade product compared to a DIY product, they aren't that expensive. The Prochem product mentioned above dilutes 50-1 and costs about a tenner for 5 litres.
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TMH

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