If you've got kids or pets and your 5-year old carpet still looks like new, chances are you clean it regularly. Frequent cleaning of your carpet will keep it looking newer, longer and will actually extend its life. However, hiring a carpet cleaning service frequently can be costly and annoying. The solution here is to purchase your own carpet shampooer. There are a wide variety of cleaners available and choosing one can be tricky.
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Evaluate your needs by determining how often you should clean your carpets. Most carpet manufacturers recommend that you clean your carpet every 18 months. If you have children and pets you will need to clean it more often.
Determine how much money you can spend on a carpet cleaner and write it down. Carpet cleaners can cost anywhere from £65 to £650. To help you determine a budget, calculate how much money you will spend on hiring a carpet cleaning service or renting a carpet cleaner over a period of ten years.
Determine what features your ideal carpet shampooer would have and write them down. If you have wood floors and rugs you may want to invest in a cleaner that will clean them as well. If you are cleaning your carpets on your own or will have to carry them up and down stairs you may want to use a cleaner that is lightweight. If you have a large house you will want to invest in a shampooer with a large tank.
Investigate a fixed brush or rotating brush shampooer. Rotating brushes pick up more dirt but they are harder on a carpet. Fixed brushes will not damage your carpet's fibres but will also not be able to deep clean the carpet as well. Purchase a rotating brush cleaner only need to clean your carpet every year. If you have kids and pets, purchase a fixed brush cleaner which will allow you to clean your carpets more often without damaging them.
Consult consumer reviews and ask friends who have a homeowner. Many people are eager to share their reviews of the carpet cleaners they own. Consult professional consumer reviews for advice from expert carpet cleaners on which models are best for your needs. Use your budget and desired features to pick the best model for your needs.
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