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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cleaning stairs

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

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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.

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