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Looking for info on a carpet cleaning machine.
October 30, 2015
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Joelle
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Hello, I am in the market for a new carpet cleaning machine, I have looked on the internet for recommendations, but don’t really feel comfortable reading reviews from websites that I am not familiar with. I am hoping that some of the readers here on CITR will share with me what brand of machines they are using and how they perform.

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                                                Joell happy-flower

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October 30, 2015
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I have a Hoover SteamVac (model F5915-900) that I use.  It will also do upholstery.   It has been a workhouse for both me and my daughter in law.  Since we no longer have carpeting (except for the stairs) it will not get the workout it has in the past.  My only problem with mine is that the center brush dislodges and has to be manually redone.  Hope this helps.

November 3, 2015
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Hello Mamajhk, thank you for your input, I am looking at the Hoover steam vac as a choice, I like the idea of cleaning with steam, then found out they don’t really produce steam or heat water, but the reviews are very good on the Hoover, I have had a Bissell for many years now and I think it is time to look at a replacement. Thank you again.

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November 5, 2015
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Joell, if you have an older Bissell and it’s working, it’s probably very well built, and believe me, most appliances these days are built to fail within 2 yrs.  You can probably have it tuned up at a vacuum shop…. just a thought.happy-flower

 

I have an older green Dirt Devil that does an ok job, as good as you can with noncommercial ones.  The real problem is that the noncommercial ones don’t really extract all the water, so if you have issues with the underpad or deep pile, you can get into a situation where it doesn’t really dry very well.  But for spot cleaning or high traffic areas, they do ok!

 

Good luck with whatever you decide and let us know if you want.  sun2

November 5, 2015
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Hello CityMouse, thank you, it has been a while since we have seen a comment from you–It is nice to see you back. The Bissell that I have is about 15 years old, and a bit on the heavy side. It still works well, but I thought some of the newer ones use steam to clean, but I now find out that isnt the case, but if you use real hot water it helps. Our carpet is white—I know!! It really isnt that difficult to keep clean, but I just need to keep after it. It is ready for a cleaning now, I didnt do it earlier this year because we had such a wet Spring and Summer but now that the furnace runs once in a while I am ready to get it done, I probably will use my old one, a few unexpected expenses the last couple of weeks, but I will put a bug in Santa’s ear—maybe. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

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November 6, 2015
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Hi Joell, thank you for the kind words!   I’ve not really been around much, life has been hectic.

 

I do hope you find something that works for you re the carpet cleaner; a couple of years ago, I wanted a new vacuum, but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a plastic planned-obsolescence waste of money.  I wandered into a local little vacuum repair shop, and told him what I had:  a very old Filter Queen vacuum – from the 60’s! – whose power head was not making a dent in plush carpet littered with cat hair.  He informed me that it’s a very good machine, and just needed a new/refurbished power head.  He sold me an Electrolux power head for 80 bucks that was compatible with my Filter Queen, with a written money-back guarantee.  That thing made my carpet look almost new.  What a difference!  And he saved me ever so much money.  I love those old, cluttered repair shops.  They know how to make things work properly, if you have something worth investing in, and they are usually pretty honest, unlike salesmen.  The power head has a replaceable brush roller, and the vacuum itself will go on forever.  I’m so glad I wandered in there.

 

Anyway, best of luck to you!  I wanted to tell you that I did pick up one of those Bissel spot cleaners, that are everywhere, that claim “steam cleaning”, and no, the water that comes out is cold, but the little green machines, as they call them, are nice for spot cleaning the inevitable pet messes that arise.  It was on sale…. so I didn’t mind spending 50 bucks on something that could clean up after my elderly pets’ accidents…. but it’s no commercial steam cleaner, that’s for sure.

 

Nice talking to you!  All the best!

November 20, 2015
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cityMouse said
Hi Joell, thank you for the kind words!   I’ve not really been around much, life has been hectic.

 

I do hope you find something that works for you re the carpet cleaner; a couple of years ago, I wanted a new vacuum, but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a plastic planned-obsolescence waste of money.  I wandered into a local little vacuum repair shop, and told him what I had:  a very old Filter Queen vacuum – from the 60’s! – whose power head was not making a dent in plush carpet littered with cat hair.  He informed me that it’s a very good machine, and just needed a new/refurbished power head.  He sold me an Electrolux power head for 80 bucks that was compatible with my Filter Queen, with a written money-back guarantee.  That thing made my carpet look almost new.  What a difference!  And he saved me ever so much money.  I love those old, cluttered repair shops.  They know how to make things work properly, if you have something worth investing in, and they are usually pretty honest, unlike salesmen.  The power head has a replaceable brush roller, and the vacuum itself will go on forever.  I’m so glad I wandered in there.

 

Anyway, best of luck to you!  I wanted to tell you that I did pick up one of those Bissel spot cleaners, that are everywhere, that claim “steam cleaning”, and no, the water that comes out is cold, but the little green machines, as they call them, are nice for spot cleaning the inevitable pet messes that arise.  It was on sale…. so I didn’t mind spending 50 bucks on something that could clean up after my elderly pets’ accidents…. but it’s no commercial steam cleaner, that’s for sure.

 

Nice talking to you!  All the best!

You too City Mouse, it is nice to be able to share with so many nice gals. happy-flower

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November 23, 2015
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Joell said

cityMouse said
Hi Joell, thank you for the kind words!   I’ve not really been around much, life has been hectic.

 

I do hope you find something that works for you re the carpet cleaner; a couple of years ago, I wanted a new vacuum, but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a plastic planned-obsolescence waste of money.  I wandered into a local little vacuum repair shop, and told him what I had:  a very old Filter Queen vacuum – from the 60’s! – whose power head was not making a dent in plush carpet littered with cat hair.  He informed me that it’s a very good machine, and just needed a new/refurbished power head.  He sold me an Electrolux power head for 80 bucks that was compatible with my Filter Queen, with a written money-back guarantee.  That thing made my carpet look almost new.  What a difference!  And he saved me ever so much money.  I love those old, cluttered repair shops.  They know how to make things work properly, if you have something worth investing in, and they are usually pretty honest, unlike salesmen.  The power head has a replaceable brush roller, and the vacuum itself will go on forever.  I’m so glad I wandered in there.

 

Anyway, best of luck to you!  I wanted to tell you that I did pick up one of those Bissel spot cleaners, that are everywhere, that claim “steam cleaning”, and no, the water that comes out is cold, but the little green machines, as they call them, are nice for spot cleaning the inevitable pet messes that arise.  It was on sale…. so I didn’t mind spending 50 bucks on something that could clean up after my elderly pets’ accidents…. but it’s no commercial steam cleaner, that’s for sure.

 

Nice talking to you!  All the best!

You too City Mouse, it is nice to be able to share with so many nice gals. happy-flower

Hello again Citymouse, I took my old carpet cleaner to the vac shop in town, the man looked it over and told me there was really nothing wrong with it, and it was probably made better than most of the newer models, it is a tad heavy, but then again, it isn’t something I use every day. I found out last night that we are having company the day after Thanksgiving, so I did a quick shampoo early this morning just to freshen the traffic areas, it turned out very well, so I am happy, I will do a heavier cleaning after the holidays. happy-flower

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