Carpet Cleaner Guide: What You Should Know Before You Hire a Carpet Cleaner

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Before you hire a carpet cleaner to scrub your carpets or upholstery clean, it’s helpful to know about how this equipment works, what your options are and how to use a carpet cleaner effectively.

Carpet cleaners aren’t complicated pieces of equipment, but they are very specialised and different models offer different perks. Hiring the right model for your job will ensure your carpet looks its best and that you get the job done right the first time.

How Carpet Cleaners Work

Different models work slightly differently, but most carpet cleaners have some basic parts in common and function essentially the same way. Basically, carpet cleaners work to brush or shake debris loose, vacuum it away and clean the fibres of the carpet.

First, the carpet cleaner uses a pump to push water, and commercial cleaners in some cases, deep into your carpet. The clean water and cleaning solution is stored in a special tank and your cleaner will come with directions on how to fill it. This makes it possible for you to clean deep within the fibres where a normal vacuum cleaner can’t reach.

Many carpet cleaners heat the water before it is sprayed onto the carpet, or sometimes as it leaves the carpet cleaner. Hot water is more conducive to proper cleaning and can even kill germs that could be in your carpet.

As you run the carpet cleaner, a vacuum will suck the moisture, along with the debris it has collected, up into a tank, making it easy for you to remove and dispose of. Some carpet cleaners also dry the carpet as they clean, so you can use the room again quickly after cleaning it.

Which Carpet Cleaner Should I Hire?

While most carpet cleaners work in essentially the same way, the features on some models make them more conducive to different tasks. Some of these features are a matter of preference, but some are essential to cleaning properly.

Cleaner and Hose Model

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Some carpet cleaners have the working parts encased in a cleaner that is mounted on wheels so you can pull it behind you as you clean. There is a long hose attached to this part, which you use to treat and clean your carpet or upholstery.

This type of cleaner is ideal for upholstery, because it allows you to gently but thoroughly clean chairs, couches and other upholstered furniture. The hose also lets you clean nooks and crannies in upholstered furniture that would otherwise be hard to reach.

Another great use for this carpet cleaner is to clean small areas of carpet. It is ideal for spot cleaning after an accident that dirties the carpet or to use on a rug, staircase or in a small room.

Upright Carpet Cleaners

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Upright carpet cleaners have a handle and all the working parts are encased within a cleaner that you push across the carpet. This cleaner is very easy to use because you simply run it over your carpet, letting the water and cleaner work into the carpet and then get sucked back up into the machine.

Choose this type of carpet cleaner if you have a large room, or several rooms, to clean. While this type of cleaner is best for carpets, some models include attachments and hoses you can use to reach small spaces or to clean stairs or upholstery.

Both of these styles are very effective, and the one you choose will depend on what kind of cleaning you want to do. It’s also wise to compare the specific features on different models so you can be sure to get the best tool for the job.

The Right Way to Use a Carpet Cleaner

When you hire a carpet cleaner, it’s important to read the instructions that came with it since the manufacturer will include specific directions and safety precautions.

Here’s an instructional video by HSS Hire that demonstrates the best practice for using a small carpet cleaner.


Additionally, there are some general tips you should keep in mind when using a carpet cleaner.

Vacuum Frequently and Before You Use a Carpet Cleaner

First, carpet cleaners do not replace vacuum cleaners. Even if you plan to hire a carpet cleaner, you still need to vacuum your carpets frequently to remove dirt and dust so that it doesn’t get pushed deep into the carpet or become matted, making it harder to clean.

Before you start using a carpet cleaner, thoroughly vacuum the area to remove as much debris as possible. Your carpet cleaner will be able to remove debris as it cleans, but vacuuming first will clear the way for the cleaner to work more effectively.

Protect Furniture and Other Floors

It’s a good idea to remove all the furniture in your room before you start cleaning the carpet. This way you’ll be able to easily reach all areas, have plenty of room to work and your furniture won’t be at risk of being damaged. If you aren’t able to remove some pieces of furniture, cover them with a drop cloth to protect them from the cleaning chemicals and from being bumped or nicked.

Hardwood, linoleum and tile floors should be protected during carpet or upholstery cleaning. While some floors may not react negatively to cleaning chemicals, some can easily be damaged or scratched during cleaning. Cover these floors with a drop cloth or clean tarp before you start cleaning carpet or upholstery.

Always Test the Cleaner in a Hidden Spot

Before you use any kind of commercial cleaner or carpet cleaning equipment, test it in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the chemicals and machine won’t damage the material. This is also a good chance to make sure the cleaner you hired is working properly before you start using it. This tip applies to both carpet and upholstery cleaning.

The exact method you use to clean your carpets or upholstery will depend on the type of cleaner you have, so always read the instructions that came with it. These instructions will also tell you how to fill the machine, turn it on, use it properly and give you tips for treating your carpet or fabric.

Understanding how a carpet cleaner works and what your options are when it comes to hiring one means your carpets and furniture will be fresh and clean in no time!

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