Should I get a STEAM CLEANER for my CARPET?

United States
May 18, 2007 11:52am CST
We have a lot of carpet in my house. I use a regular vacuum cleaner and I vacuum twice a week. But over the years, I notice more and more stains and just regular wear and tear on the carpets. I try to do spot cleaning here and there and it seems so troublesome. I'm wondering if getting a steam cleaner is a good investment. It's too expensive to get a professional to do it so I'm wondering if it's good enough for me to just get my own steam cleaner to do the job. If so, what brand should I get? I'm looking for something inexpensive and will do a good job.
5 responses
@cherhost (1073)
• United States
20 May 07
Hello! I rent... the carpet is a big one on the inspection lists. They make sure the carpets are in good condition when we leave our house. But my husband and I went to garage sales one day and we found a carpet cleaner. He got it for me for about $50. I also have a little girl who iss just a mess. So I clean my carpets about every 3 months or so. I just did mine and it got out stains that I thought were there for good. So it is worth it. But if you dont want to spend the money on one to own... just rent the Rug DOctor. THey are usually $21.99-$24.99 for 24 hours. And they work pretty well. I use to work for a store that rented them. They have a guy come out almost every week to check them... I also saw one at Walmart for around the same price, maybe a little higher. But if you want to use it over the course of a year more then one time...then it would be ea good investment. Good luck! Have a good day...
1 person likes this
• United States
27 May 07
I think I might do that. Just rent for now and try it out. If it's good and works for me, maybe I'll look into investing in one.
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
18 May 07
For insurance purposes, it's always a good idea to use a service, because they can guarantee their work... particularly for new homes and carpets But for older homes and carpets,renting or buying a machine should be based on how long you plan to live there and/or when you are planning to sell... Head on over to Expert Village: http://www.expertvillage.com I am sure that they will be able to guide you further on this one! :)
1 person likes this
• United States
27 May 07
That's true too! Will definitely look into that as well.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
18 May 07
That would really depend on how often you plan to use it. I found a slightly used one in a yard sale that works great and we use it on a regular basis. We also have family that uses it in their place as well as friends so it was well worth the money I put out for it at the yard sale, which was minimal. I would recommend getting one but if you have garage/yard sales around your place then check them out first. You can always get them on sale as well do some shopping around for it. As for the brand name you want I can't say without testing for myself but you will want a brand name known for making a good product. If you don't have friends and family that you would share it with you may be able to rent one. We have done that as well and it is fairly inexpensive where I am anyway. Hope this helps!
1 person likes this
• United States
27 May 07
Will definitely check out the yard sales.
• Canada
18 May 07
It may be easiest just to rent one. You may not need one often, and buying one may not pay for itself for years to come. If you do go buy one, I've heard the the Bissel Spot shot is good for small spots, but for doing an entire area, you'll want an upright cleaner, but I'm not sure which one is the best.
1 person likes this
@usmcsgtwife (4999)
• United States
21 Jun 07
we usally just rent one here on base it was 17.00 for 24 hours