If your carpets haven’t been thoroughly cleaned since they were laid, it’s likely they’re in need of a very good clean! That’s where a quality carpet cleaner or shampooer comes into the picture, because there’s only so much that a vacuum can do to keep your carpets clean. They also do nothing for removing stains and odours.
The problem is knowing which of the steamers or shampoo floor cleaners on the market are worth buying, because you don’t want to waste your money on something that doesn’t live up to your expectations. As a trusted, specialist seller of everything to do with cleaning floors, Godfreys has a range of floor and carpet steamers and shampooers that are very popular with our customers.
Before we look at all your options, however, let’s answer two questions that pop up regularly in our stores. The first question is, is steam cleaning good for carpets? The second question is, what’s the difference between steam cleaning and shampooing carpet?
Is steam cleaning
good for carpets?
The short answer is yes, steam floor cleaners are good for your carpets. That’s because steamers don’t use any chemicals which might harm the environment or your carpet. A lack of chemicals also negates any worries about triggering your asthma or allergies. Steam cleaning just uses water and heat to make your carpets look as good as new.
What’s the difference between steam cleaning and shampooing carpet?
The difference between steam cleaning and shampooing carpet is that shampooing uses water and a chemical detergent, while steam cleaning uses just water to clean your carpets. Shampooing is best for heavily stained carpets that receive a lot of foot traffic, but it does leave the carpets wet and can take a while to dry. The longer your carpets are left wet, the more likely it is that mould will grow, which can be a big problem for asthmatics.
While a steam carpet cleaner doesn’t remove deep down stains, it does disinfect your carpets as the high steam temperature kills germs, bacteria and allergens caught in the fibres. Steam also helps to break down superficial dirt, making it easier to remove. This kind of clean leaves your carpets much drier than shampooing does, because minimal water is used and the steam evaporates quickly.
Best floor and carpet steamers
- Hoover Dual Steam Plus Steam Mop: This steam cleaner comes with a 1600W motor and a 0.3L capacity. It has two tanks – one for water and one for optional detergents – and 25 holes in the steam head for effective deep cleaning. It also features trigger steam control, a swivel head and 14 specialised tools. This floor and carpet steamer operates on both hard floors and carpets.
- Sauber Steam & Vacuum SV-100 Multi Surface Cleaner: This floor and carpet steamer has a 1700W motor, 0.5L capacity and HEPA filter. The cyclonic bagless vacuum efficiently separates dirt and particles, and the chemical-free steam breaks down tough dirt and grime. A swivel head, adjustable steam settings and an accessory pack make this a very popular option.
Best carpet cleaner & shampooers
- Bissell CleanView™ Essential HeatWave Carpet Shampooer: This carpet shampooer comes with an 800W motor and 3.8L capacity. It has six cleaning rows on the brush to remove deeply embedded dirt and maintains a consistent temperature throughout operation for more effective cleaning. This shampooer has a two tank system that keeps the clean and dirty water separate and can be used for both hard and carpeted surfaces.
- Optim Carpet Shampooer: This lightweight option comes with a 500W motor and a 1.7L capacity. It has five cleaning rows on the brush and fingertip control for the cleaning solution. It also keeps the clean and dirty water separate and is one of our more popular floor cleaners for small to medium sized families.
If you need any help deciding which carpet cleaner is best for your needs, why not chat to one of our experts online or in-store today?