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How to choose a carpet cleaner

To remove things that vacuums leave behind, a carpet cleaner is a great addition to any busy home. Find the one that’s right for you. 

FUNCTION

Why choose a carpet cleaner?

Carpet cleaners clean what vacuums cannot, like embedded dirt, oily residue, stains and odours.

Carpet cleaners soak floors with water and, in some cases, a cleaning solution. They then extract the liquid, along with any dirt, debris and bacteria. 

SPACE

Models for larger jobs

The size and type of mess you need to regularly clean are your first considerations when purchasing a carpet cleaner. For deep cleaning your whole house, opt for a full-size carpet cleaner. 

Models for smaller jobs

For a smaller job like spot-cleaning an armrest or car interior, go for a portable cleaner — or, a full-size model with appropriate hoses and attachments.

CLEANING SOLUTION

Select a cleaning solution

The cleaning solution you use can make a big difference when it comes to different kinds of messes. You can choose from a range of solutions, including antibacterial cleaners, pet odour eliminators and formulas with fresh, clean scents.

TIME

Suit your schedule

When you’re in a hurry, carpet cleaners that vacuum and wash floors at the same time can really help, as can models with a quick-clean mode and fast drying period. Deep clean modes do take longer to dry, but they offer an intense level of clean.

FEATURES

Cleaning hard surfaces

Some models have a brush that cleans hard floor surfaces such as tile or hardwood just as well as carpet or rugs.

Cleaning stairs

Some models have a brush that cleans hard floor surfaces such as tile or hardwood just as well as carpet or rugs.

MAINTENANCE

Cleaning your carpet cleaner

Don’t forget: your carpet cleaner will need to be cleaned regularly for it to function well.

Some carpet cleaners need to be taken apart and cleaned by hand, while others have a convenient self-cleaning function.

FUNCTION

SPACE

CLEANING SOLUTION

TIME

FEATURES

MAINTENANCE