Cleaning carpets is a necessary task that most put off longer than we should. Years ago, we rented a carpet cleaner from a store and rushed to get the work done before we were charged for a second day. We later decided to buy our own cleaner, which was better, but a hose had to be connected to a faucet and the large tank had to be hauled from room to room. I am happy to say that those miserable days are behind us.
We have a large indoor dog who drags in a lot of dirt. When the ground is dry, it's not that bad, but when there is mud, it's a disaster. So, our carpet gets cleaned often.
Our last cleaner was a Bissell and while it was working, we were generally happy with it. Then it began to falter, refusing to spray solution onto the floor. My husband would work on it and it would make it through another cleaning, but only after much aggravation. Finally, it quit for good and it was time to find a new one.
As I always do, I researched cleaners online before making my selection. This was one of the easiest decisions I've ever made because the model we chose had so many glowing reviews. The Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge was very highly rated on many different web sites. I felt optimistic that we were getting a good product.
Last weekend, my husband began cleaning the carpet and I watched the dirt being sucked up, as I always do. I'm constantly amazed that our carpet hides so much dirt. It is cleaned often, but obviously the previous cleaner didn't do as well as we had thought. With the Hoover, after just one pass on a strip of carpet, I could see a huge change in color. The cleaned area was brighter and noticeably cleaner than the rest of the carpet. It not only looked better; it looked like two different colors of carpet. It never looked that much better with our Bissell cleaner.
The machine is about the same size and shape as a vacuum cleaner. It has two tanks, one for the clean water and solution, while the other fills up with the dirty water. The two tanks are easy to install. There is a clean surge button that lets you spray 50% more cleaner on any extra dirty areas you may have. You simply spray solution as you go over an area, then go back over it and vacuum up the water.
In the past, we've had many experiences with carpet that was left too damp after cleaning, both by us and professionals. This time, I was wearing socks as I wandered around the room and it was quite some time before I noticed them feeling damp.
Hoover SteamVac has 5 self-adjusting, spinning brushes that help dig out the dirt. We also used the machine on our kitchen floor and it did a nice job getting into the grooves where a regular mop misses.
Included with the SteamVac was a 16 ounce bottle of carpet detergent. It was a start, but we had to buy more to get the job done. Still, the Hoover product was clearly better than the brand we had used before and to be fair, we have a dog, so we have to go over some areas more than once.
There is a one year warranty on parts and labor.
The only downside to this machine is the size of the water tanks. At a gallon each, they don't last a long time, but it's easy to change them and for better cleaning, it's worth it.
I highly recommend this carpet cleaner. We were very happy with the results and agree with all the great reviews that led us to this machine in the first place.