When you have a carpet, you probably know you need to get a commercial carpet cleaner to fix things up about once a year. Sometimes twice a year, if you experience a lot of foot traffic. However, that doesn’t mean you can get away with not doing any maintenance.

A good vacuuming is a great way to remove surface dirt. However, it’s not enough for a deep cleaning. If you want to do a thorough job, you might want to invest in a good cleaning machine.

A cleaning machine also helps you extend the time between professional cleaning jobs. It can go from once a year to once every two years, in some cases. To help you find that, you’ll need to look for the right traits, features, and functions. Fortunately, we’re here to help!

First, you test how well they clean up dirt and soil.

This is important. If the carpet is at the threshold of the home, it’s going to be exposed to a lot of dirt from the outside. Unless you do as the Japanese do and have footwear specifically for the indoors, you’re going to be tracking dirt and soil on the fibres.

Another thing you should look into is water extraction.

Namely, how much can they remove from samples? It’s important for dealing with liquid stains, but also because it can speed up the drying process.

How easy is it to operate? It won’t do you any good if you can’t figure out how to make it work, after all. In a related area, how easy to understand and how complete is the owner’s manual? If it’s not of any use, you might want to either get detailed instructions before you buy or look at something else.

From there, you need to do some testing.

Soiled carpet swatches are the way to go here. Test each machine, allowing the swatches to dry overnight. Be sure to take pictures of the swatches to compare, like before and after shots.

Consider for a moment how much the machine weighs. If it’s too heavy to use effectively, don’t buy it. You’ll regret using it and end up looking for something lighter. Factor in the water and the weight can increase, so keep that in mind too.

Special features are also a good thing to look for. Things like edge cleaning, a heater, and rotating brushes. Attachments can add great flexibility, too.