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Post# 378417   9/14/2017 at 12:33 by DrSnuggle (Sweden Stockholm)        

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I will not post any videos on any answers. Nor start a brand war.

How do you clean your carpets with
1. water + shampoo,
2. 10% water + foam (The Kirby way),
3. dry powder,
4. or anything else?

I use dry powder for my rugs at the moment (after a powerbrush clean) each four month. I springle it on the rugs and use my Vorwerk to rub it down. Then let in dry for >30 min. After that I vacuum it up using a vacuum I do not care for, but that has thick bags (S-bags long performance the bags are called). I throw the bags used away + vacuum the hepa-filter.

What do you do and what is the plus/minus with it?
Which appliance do you use?

This post was last edited 09/14/2017 at 12:56

Post# 378419 , Reply# 1   9/14/2017 at 13:39 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

I personally prefer the Hot Water extraction method "Steam Cleaner". 

Post# 378421 , Reply# 2   9/14/2017 at 15:00 by DrSnuggle (Sweden Stockholm)        
Just like a pro

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The method of steam cleaning your carpet was the thing turning up when I googled. However, most of those home use "carpet hot water vacuums" got the reviews: It was great for four times then a it broke down. Still, I get the impression that hot water steam is the way to go. But which premium quality vacuums can I buy? I am avoiding brand names here, but I do not looking for chinese products. Hence, that is why I use powder. But some claim that it does not do much for your rugs (or carpets) but hurt it. I feel really confused.

Post# 378422 , Reply# 3   9/14/2017 at 15:18 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

I realize you are avoiding names, but the brand I use (formerly of North Canton Ohio) has now served me for eight years with no, not one, problem.   Now there are later incarnations of this brand that people have poo'd, but for the most part the older design, which I think is still available, is very reliable. 


I deep clean about every quarter or every four months.  I buy the chemicals directly from the and can get a case of six for about the same price as I pay for one bottle in the store. 



Post# 378426 , Reply# 4   9/14/2017 at 17:25 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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The method i use in my home ,to clean my rugs is whit my Aerus Electrolux Polisher whit carpet solution but i vacuum first .To me if you don't vacuum your just moving the dirt around and not cleaning ,to clean effectively you need to vacuum the water scrub wash or steam.

Post# 378439 , Reply# 5   9/14/2017 at 21:32 by vac-o-matic (Saint Louis, Mo.)        
This one...

This is the model that my friends who own a vac shop recommend due to effectiveness, price point, and it's the old-school type model. They match the price and give the customer an extra year warranty, because they most likely won't see it for a while. I have one so old, I can't remember when I bought it. It's called the Hoover Wide-Path with 6 spin-scrub brushes and dual headlights..woo hoo! The brush set has been replaced once due to wear, and the upholstery hose which on this model was permantly attached. I want to say I've had it maybe 12-15yrs? My friends say the more complicated machines are sometimes seen for repair before they're out of warranty, which is not unlike other Hoover products these days. They sell Bissels also but they see less repairs on the Hoover.

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Post# 378441 , Reply# 6   9/14/2017 at 21:52 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

That be the one in which I speak of. Mine is the F5912-900. I bought it in 2009, from Kansas Vacuum. He promised it would give less trouble than the newer style with the hard plastic tanks that leak. He backed that promise with a three year warranty, which I never had to use.

Post# 378450 , Reply# 7   9/15/2017 at 06:36 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

Kirby all the way for me!

Post# 378529 , Reply# 8   9/16/2017 at 19:33 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I have commercial box extractor that I prefer to use for all my carpet and furniture cleaning needs. 100 psi of water pressure and dual vacuum motors.

Post# 378534 , Reply# 9   9/16/2017 at 23:00 by panasonicvac (Seattle, Washington)        

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I would only hire someone with a truckmount to steam clean my carpets.

Post# 378544 , Reply# 10   9/17/2017 at 08:23 by rvarley (Oregon)        

+1 for the truck mounted cleaner. But for home cleaners, the best I've used is the H....r SteamVac. Also have the R..nb.w carpet cleaner and am not particularly impressed with that.

Post# 378614 , Reply# 11   9/18/2017 at 13:49 by DrSnuggle (Sweden Stockholm)        
Brands please!!

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Thanks for all the comments.

I did not mention any brands as I started the thread and I have been bashing some brands before. You, however, feel free to speak your mind. I can see that most use steam and some use foam (Kirby +1 from me for dedication). One I know that that has a Kirby is very pleased with the foam thing.
Is there anyone using powder? Some tips?
The main reason why I did not want to mention any brands were the fact that there seems to be nothing else but Chinese products out there if you want something new steamwise. The main brands being Vax, Hoover and Bissell. Works great but for how long??

As you might have noticed I live in Europe. And also in a country were you do not deep clean your rugs/carpets on your own. It is hopeless :-(.

Post# 378645 , Reply# 12   9/18/2017 at 22:08 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

One thing that is being used and is better than powders or foam is an Encapsulation method. It uses a liquid solution that is misted on the carpet and brushed into the carpet or with a bonnet. 30 min later you vacuum. There is no visible residue and no chance of a sticky residue from a "dry foam" cleaning method.

Post# 378647 , Reply# 13   9/18/2017 at 22:58 by panasonicvac (Seattle, Washington)        

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We usually hire Stanley Steemers. Mainly because they complete background checks and drug screens. However I would be interested in trying out Zerorez or Chem Dry to see which I would like better. I also would be interested to see what the Rotovac can do as well in my house.

Post# 378654 , Reply# 14   9/19/2017 at 06:04 by rvarley (Oregon)        

I have used Zerorez several times and they've done a fantastic job getting out all the stains I coudln't get to budge with home methods (dogs). The two times I used them, it was years apart, and I got the same tech both times. So at least in his case, it must be a decent place to work. Another family member also uses them and she has had similar great results. And no, I am not a paid shill :-)

Post# 378670 , Reply# 15   9/19/2017 at 19:22 by fanonthefloor (Dearing,Georgia)        

I like to clean my carpet using my Bissell Big Green upright.

Post# 378770 , Reply# 16   9/22/2017 at 02:08 by earthling177 (Boston, MA)        

I'd like to start by saying this is my experience, and it's different for everyone.

People often don't think about or even discount how completely different carpets and rugs can be. Also that there's a difference between a family lived in a small apartment for several years and never cleaned the carpets versus a single person or a couple (or even a family) who routinely vacuums and cleans their carpets/rugs.

There's a big difference between "well, the carpet was *so* bad that I figured if it doesn't get clean I'll replace it", which responds *very* well to tons of water and steam followed by a vacuum so strong that most people will never have that in their homes, and honestly if it gets ruined by the water it needed replacing anyway, contrasted to someone who has always kept their home clean and it maybe it doesn't even *need* any deep cleaning at all.

With all of that in mind, here's my situation so you can compare with yours. My first floor has ceramic floor in the kitchen and bathroom, hardwood everywhere else.

Stairs have the same carpet that upstairs has.

Upstairs we have a full bathroom with ceramic floor, the rest is bedrooms, office and hallway which have wall to wall carpet.

Positive sides: no one has dropped food or drinks on the carpet, because they don't eat upstairs.

Negative sides: I don't know what the carpet is made from, but it's a very common carpeting in this area, probably polypropylene or similar, medium pile. It's about 15 years old now, and it has not so much worn out, but ugglied out if that makes any sense to you. The pile gets easily matted and ugly and it holds an awful lot of dirt. The material doesn't stain easily and it's relatively easy to clean compared to some other carpets, although it's not nearly as easy to clean and/or remove stains as carpets made from SmartStrand (DuPont Sorona, also known as Triexta). It also generates a ton of static electricity during the dry season. I want to replace all of it with SmartStrand as soon as I can.

So, my experience with foams (mostly spot cleaning, with sprays like Resolve or Woolite among others) was that it doesn't work very well and may make the stain spread to the lower parts of the yarn and reappear later. Have not tried products like the Electrolux "polisher" like my mom used to have.

I used a Hoover "steam cleaner" (made back in 1997 or so, the one with rotating brushes), and it cleaned OK, but the thing is, it was a lot of work and time, and then it took 2-3 hours to dry and then you vacuum again.

What I started using in 2012 or so (maybe 2010?, hard to remember) was the dry powder. I bought the Sebo duo Brush machine, and tried their system (duo-P). I liked it much better than other stuff I've tried before and I abandoned the other systems. The powder is fast and easy to apply/brush, you only need to wait about 30 minutes for it to dry completely, and it's easy to vacuum. Another thing I like is that the room doesn't go out of commission because you are cleaning, it's safe to walk on and have pets walk on the room, for example. It does remove stains really well, but it's kinda on the expensive side.

I've also tried the Capture system (, which has sprays you apply before applying the powder if you need help with stain removing. It's easy to find in my area, and relatively inexpensive, I really liked it.

Once, out of curiosity, I've also tried the Host dry powder system ( -- their system also has sprays to pre-spot, but the "powder" is more like sawdust that has more moisture than the previous two systems. It works well, but it's harder to find in my area and I didn't like it as much as the other two, so I only tried it once.

I really liked the dry systems -- it doesn't seem to spread the stains as much as the wetter systems, and no stain has ever reappeared after being removed. It's also so quick and easy. Oh, and applying and vacuuming the powder on the stair steps is *much* easier than the shampoo methods.

My suggestion, when you are using dry powder is to wait until it's actually dry and then vacuum first with a bagless machine to remove most of the powder, because then you can just discard the powder in the garbage. Then you can vacuum with a bagged machine and remove the rest. This will avoid spending money on several bags every time you clean the carpets.

Good luck!

Post# 378873 , Reply# 17   9/24/2017 at 13:54 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I rarely do it, but.......................

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I have a HOOVER steamer/extractor. It's over 20 years old, was made in America, has been borrowed by a friend once, and STILL has given me NOTHING but STELLAR service.
Lucky, I guess.

Post# 378989 , Reply# 18   9/27/2017 at 21:21 by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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electrolux b8 shampooer or rinsenvac rv85 with pb850 powerbrush then vac excess water the rinsenvac left behind with 'black friday' ridgid vac

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