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Post# 198287   8/30/2012 at 19:13 (2,767 days old) by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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So with me now living back in Michigan and working I am back in the land of carpet. The new place have some pretty heavy deep thick carpet in virtually every room except the kitchen and bathrooms. While my Rainbow does a wonderful job vacuuming and carpet cleaning and it really good for spot cleaning and carpets that are not as thick I just don't think the Aqua Mate can handle this as well. Hoover has some great looking carpet shampooers out any suggestions???

Post# 198294 , Reply# 1   8/30/2012 at 20:39 (2,767 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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I have the hoover steam vac all terran and it works good I have never had any problems with it and it took me a while to get use it be it has a wash and rinse and for me coming a steam vac widepath model it works good the only down side is coming from my old one the hose was conected all the time however that model had to many hose replacements because it would always rot out in that same place but the all terran works good for me.

Post# 198311 , Reply# 2   8/30/2012 at 23:18 (2,767 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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I like Hoover Steamvacs. Don't have much experience with the V2 series. I have 2 Hoover Widepath machines of the original series, unfortunately they are discontinued now. The Hoover's clean and scrub well. I'd say they are good for the annual carpet shampooing for various stains and allergen removal.

However, if we're talking about severely stained carpets or something extroadinarily dirty you probably want something more heavy duty with highly rated PSI sprayer and more powerful extraction to ensure its a true deep down thorough clean. You might try a RinsenVac. Perhaps a local vac shop has one for rent? I've heard that Thermax vacuums do a great job and there is another thread where a user had terrific success with HOST.

I cannot recommend Rug Doctor. I rented one once at Lowe's and it worked terribly for me. I only did one room with it insteaded the intended 3 floor townhouse. That's when I found out that my local vac shop had Rinsenvac extractors for rental. I did the entire 3 floor town house with the RinsenVac straight suction extractor head, not powered brush including redoing the room I did with the RugDoctor. I was MUCH happier with results, and ease of use with machine.

Some stores like Lowe's now have Bissell Big Green Clean Machine upright style extractors for sale. I've heard some people say they're good. They look cool and my previous experience with a Bissell shampooer was that it cleaned well, the machine wasn't durable.

Whatever route you decide, I definitely recommend Hot Water Extraction. Don't fall for the round bonnet on a floor polisher routine from a Carpet Dry Cleaning company. You want something that sucks sprays in a Hot soapy mix, possibly agitating around a little and sucking out all that junk. It's amazing what carpet extractors suck out.

Best of Luck, Happy Hoovering. I think Hoover has some commercial grade Heavy Duty Carpet extractors.

Post# 198323 , Reply# 3   8/31/2012 at 01:47 (2,766 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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thats what i had loved it but i only got a year out of my hoses

Post# 198348 , Reply# 4   8/31/2012 at 08:06 (2,766 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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Oh, I haven't encountered that problem yet. I purchased one at a yard sale that was torn at the bottom and replaced it. However the other was purchased brand new online probably 2004 guestimate. Have not had any problem with it. We make sure the hose is inserted all the way into the holder so that it doesn't pull suction away from the floor head. When we need the hose it is accessible immediately. I really like it for stairs. It does a good job in attachment mode for stairs with either standard upholstery nozzle or turbine powered mini nozzle.

Post# 198363 , Reply# 5   8/31/2012 at 08:44 (2,766 days old) by Trebor ()        
Every. Time. You, Wet, A Carpet...

you compromise the structural glue that binds the backings together. You would not want to vacuum up the Host in the Rainbow. A Sanitaire, or a Royal upright would do nicely.  Rent the Host machine, or buy an Orbiter so you will always have it on hand.


Post# 198372 , Reply# 6   8/31/2012 at 10:45 (2,766 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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where it always rotted for me is behind the recovery tank where it connects to the machine and i have a friend that has the same machhie and his rotted in the same place

Post# 198380 , Reply# 7   8/31/2012 at 12:23 (2,766 days old) by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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It's just me and the dog and the cat. The carpet is brand new (replaced right before I moved in) and is still in great shape. I don't need it anytime soon except for maybe iin the famm when I get ready for Thanksgiviing and Christmas. A friend of mine pointed out how much I make now with my new job and said I could just hire someone to come in and steam clean the carpet which is suppose to be better than shampooing.

I can keep my Rainbow and use that for accidents, and quick clean ups.

Post# 198405 , Reply# 8   8/31/2012 at 15:27 (2,766 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I find what you say interesting as I was in carpet cleaning for a number of years and ran my own sucsesfull company which I sold to my father who still runs it. 


Most leading carpet manufacturesr recomend that you steam clean your carpets atleast once a year, in many cases it is the only way to keep your carpet warranty valid.


I know shaw industries( one of the biggest carpet manufacturers )  recomend that you use a carpet cleaning company with a truck mount carpet cleaner to keep your carpets fresh. They are not the only ones.


There are a few who actually state that dry carpet cleaning will void the warranty due to excessive friction.


That said I use and have always used dry cleaning as a maintenance  system, once a week I dry clean the most used area's and then once a month I steam them with the truck mount, I have been doing this for may years now with no side effects. 


before i started my company I did alot of reaserch in to what was the best method and system, After all my research I found that as usual in life if you wan to do it properly you need to spend the big bucks and get the right stuff, A prochem truck mount which cost 9 times the price of the host machine at the time incl getting it to SA. 


I am no trying to start an argument just sharing my knowledge I have gained though doing this for a living. 





Post# 198408 , Reply# 9   8/31/2012 at 16:08 (2,766 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        
Hoover Spin Scrub Classic

I purchased one back in 1999, overall it still works great today, but the hose rotted out after 6 yrs of use behind recovery tank.

Before then I used to rent Thermax or Rinse N' Vac (w/Power Brush) & got GREAT results. Rug Doctor did OK.

I haven't tried the Bissell Big Green rental yet or used Host.

btw, Host does NOT clean carpets very good (according to a few Host users I know locally; unless the job wasn't done right); but Rotary foam type does better if U need to get the job done quickly.

Why aren't Rug Doctor, Rug Rover, Thermax & Rinse N Vac canister machines available for rent anymore?

Post# 198504 , Reply# 10   9/1/2012 at 02:58 (2,765 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Host is probibly the best dry cleaning system out there, But you have to do it right, a good direct air vacuum like a Royal or sanitaire is essential, 

People often think that you just run the dry machine over once and its done, You have to use it repeatedly in both directions. then leave it for about 2-3 hours or over night. then it works well 

Post# 198779 , Reply# 11   9/2/2012 at 18:29 (2,764 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

My guess is the person used Host or Capture powder & a push-broom on a stick instead of a rotary machine. Nathaniel (bagntheback) did a nice job with Host; as seen on the post.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO floor-a-matic's LINK

Post# 238801 , Reply# 12   7/3/2013 at 17:14 (2,460 days old) by director12 ()        

I love Steamvacs, they are so much better than Bissell.

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