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Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by pimpinyourmum » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:18 pm

I fancy getting something to clean my cars carpets with. Should I get a shampooer or a steamer?

Also any advice on either? Suppose it needs to have suitable small headed attachments to fit a cars footwells and crevices?
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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by marco_polo » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:28 pm

I never really understood steamers, where does the dirt go? :? I guess they're good for killing bugs off.

My instinct would be to go for some kind of Vax machine, which sprays shampoo and wet vac's too.

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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by ChesterUK » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:13 pm

Steam kills bacteria on contact, and that's what creates the odours. I then use a wet vac with a narrow head to get the moisture out. If it's a quick go over mats, I use Meguiars Carpet and Interior Cleaner, work it in with a Megs upholstery brush, and then get some proper elbow grease in with a microfibre to lift the dirt out. If they're really bad, a repeat, maybe twice is sufficient to get them pretty tidy. Wonderful stuff.

Careful of electrical systems with a steam cleaner, and of course yourself. It's ever so easy to scald yourself.
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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by paulathome » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:11 pm

Don't use steam to try and remove dirt, by the very nature of the temperature needed to create steam, the risk will be that you distort the fibres.
Steam is fine for hard surfaces but can damage soft furnishings/fibres.

You can :
get the car interior valeted
or
buy a diy "shampoo'er", but remember that any shampoo/moose/foam used, will need to be thoroughly removed to avoid the carpets drying sticky, which will then just attract the dirt more quickly.

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Post by bigalj » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:24 pm

I got myself a Vax 6131t about 12 months back and haven't regretted it; Brings up the interior a treat.

This one;

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Post by pimpinyourmum » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:31 pm


Perfect, that'll do me. Those reviews on the first link have sold it to me. Thanks
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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by mike052 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:30 am

pimpinyourmum wrote:I fancy getting something to clean my cars carpets with. Should I get a shampooer or a steamer?

Also any advice on carpet cleaning surrey? Suppose it needs to have suitable small headed attachments to fit a cars footwells and crevices?
Hello pimpinyourmum,
I recommend shampoo because it is easy to use, just scrub them with a stiff brush, rinse and hang vertically to dry them out. Wait until they dry. Your carpets are clean before putting the mats back in the car.

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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by edward137 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:16 pm

pimpinyourmum wrote:I fancy getting something to clean my cars carpet cleaning kamloops with. Should I get a shampooer or a steamer?

Also any advice on either? Suppose it needs to have suitable small headed attachments to fit a cars footwells and crevices?
Hi,
I have a steamer at my house and I have been using it for 6 months. In my opinion you should take a steamer too.
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Re: Carpet shampooer or steamer

Post by marco_polo » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:55 pm

Why are people answering a 4 year old thread?! :?
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