Picking a Home Carpet Cleaner for Pet Stains
When it comes to picking one of these out, you’re looking at pretty much any of the same things you’ll need in any carpet cleaning: enormous cleaning ability and ease of use.
For most of us, budget will also figure in at some point but if you’re looking into making sure that you’ve actually got the best things possible you might want to ignore this factor. If your Great Dane has the amazing ability to urinate impossible, borderline equine amounts all over the floor it doesn’t make much sense to just go with the cheapest option
Carpet Cleaning Machines in General
For the most part, no matter what kind of stains you’re going to be dealing with, you’re going to have the keep the following in mind.
The more powerful the motor you’re working with, the cleaner you’re going to be able to make sure you get things. A lower powered motor makes sense if you’re dealing with office carpet and the occasional coffee spill or just the dust that inevitably gets tracked in from outdoors.
This isn’t going to work if you’ve got heavy mud getting pulled in by boots and grease coming in from the kitchen on shag carpeting.
The heavier your carpeting and the more it’s exposed to, the more powerful of a motor you’re going to need.
Types of Cleaners
There are a few different types of carpet cleaning machines out there to be aware of. Some are definitely easier to use than others, allowing them to be used by those who are a bit less physically capable.
Full sized cleaners can be something of a bear to handle. This makes them less ideal for those who aren’t quite as physically fit and also makes them harder to use in particularly tight environments. For a small apartment, inhabited by a smaller person, it doesn’t make sense and instead, you’ll want to focus on more pet oriented applications.
Compact cleaners don’t have the same amount of power as their larger counterparts but are easier to maneuver and tend to be quite a bit lighter. Some of the higher end compact cleaners can even be walked away from while they’re in usage.
Specifically, you may also want to consider the following somewhat less important features.
- Belt-less models can remove this occasional DIY repair from your routine.
- Larger tanks can mean less often refills.
- Split tanks can mean less problematic refilling, as deep cleaners often go through water much quicker.
- Longer hoses are awesome for full sized cleaners, since they can be quite heavy to move.
- Moving brushes are a bit more aggressive although they aren’t a perfect solution for an underpowered motor.