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Straight Suction on carpet
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Post# 369886   4/3/2017 at 10:34 (443 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

It amazes me that everyone these days thinks you just can not clean carpet with straight suction, While I do use a revolving brush machine sometimes, I find that a good straight suction rug nozzle gets a lot of grit and sand out of a rug that a upright or power nozzle cant, my point is, straight suction gets out a different kind of dirt, sure, the upright will remove the heavy sand, but the fine grit is left often times, go back with a Compact or AirWay and see just what you amazed me to see the difference.

Post# 369888 , Reply# 1   4/3/2017 at 10:49 (443 days old) by vacuumlad1650 (Chicago Suburbs)        

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I am both a Canister and an Upright guy. When it comes to canisters, I am just as likely to grab a Power Nozzle as I am a regular suction nozzle to sweep the rug. My canisters mainly see use on the bare floor, and uprights on the carpet, but recently I've been on a Canister kick.
Just My thoughts...

Post# 369907 , Reply# 2   4/3/2017 at 13:41 (443 days old) by wyaple (Pickerington, OH)        
The type and locaton of the dirt matters...

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If I saw nothing more than topical dirt/debris then I would agree a straight suction nozzle may work just dandy, but if anything embedded/deep down needs to be removed, you'd probably need some kind of agitation.

I suppose it can be very satisfying to physically "put your back into it" and hear the scrape, scrape, scrape of a good suction only rug nozzle.


Post# 369925 , Reply# 3   4/3/2017 at 19:21 (443 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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My Miele's AirTeq carpet nozzle has a very effective design for cleaning surface litter and lint from my carpeting. But I doubt it is pulling up dirt deeply embedded in the pile. No matter how ingenious the design of the carpet nozzle (size of suction channel, metal sole plate, wheels and articulating neck, velcro lint pickers, rocking suction channel, rubber blades, etc), it's really hit or miss depending on the depth of pile, the kind of dirt needing to be dislodged and the airflow rushing into the nozzle.

The revolving brush of an upright provides a more dependable way of disengaging all kinds of dirt from all kinds of carpeting - and does not require massive airflow or suction to remove the dirt. The brushroll does most of the work for you.

Post# 369947 , Reply# 4   4/4/2017 at 01:57 (442 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

A straight suction tool would be good for picking up long dog and people hair.Then use the roller brush tool for the deep down stuff.And the suction tool would be also good for gulping large amounts of surface debris.

Post# 369959 , Reply# 5   4/4/2017 at 06:00 (442 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I completely agree!

Powernozzle cylinders have never been popular in the UK, mostly because they were always considerably more expensive than an upright or straight-suction cylinder from the same brand/range. I know plenty of people who use straight suction cleaners on carpets. My sister uses a Numatic Hetty and she has hard floors downstairs and carpets upstairs. Although some of the UK/EU vintage cleaners were dreadful on carpets due to having completely useless floortools.

The only thing I think suction cleaners can sometimes struggle with is pet hair.

With a well designed floortool, I've found some suction cleaners that will clean as well as uprights and they're far more versatile to use.

I often find a cylinder cleaner is far more versatile than an upright.

Post# 370011 , Reply# 6   4/4/2017 at 13:25 (442 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        
It all depends upon the rug tool.

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At the conventions of the old VCCC, we had a cleaning contest where 'dirt' (sand and talc) were measured and applied to a test carpet that we obtained from Kirby when the old VCCC went there 2 decades ago. A GOOD rug tool could get almost as much dirt from the test rug as an upright or power nozzle.

The Filter Queen rug tool is one such nozzle, as is the Air-Way rug tool, the Compact rug tool, and the Apex rug tool (attached to a Strato Cleaner). One of the best was the unique rug tool that came with the Priscilla, which is not the same as a normal Air-Way nozzle.

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