Cleaning your carpets is not something which you think about doing often. I actually purchased a Vax Carpet Cleaner last year on Black Friday. I knew that when we moved into the house. The carpets were not the greatest in Jess’ room alongside the front room. We actually have done the landing and Jess’ room and I could not believe the results. They had made a huge difference to the carpets so I thought I would take pictures of the front room. The picture above is the room before the carpet has been cleaned. Of course, I do not know if it had ever been done in the past.
The carpet cleaner which we have is the VAX W86-DP-B, I think we managed to get this for around £90. This was the cheapest which we managed to find. Currently, I think it is about £120-140 which I would still pay for it. However, of course, I love to save money where we can.
I think when we looked it was about £60 to hire a rug doctor which is similar to the carpet cleaner. However, when you hire a rug doctor, of course, you only have it for a limited period of time. Seen as we own our carpet cleaner. This does mean that we can clean the carpets as often as we need. I am planning to do them every season or so maybe 3/4 times a year. So it will work out a lot cheaper hiring a rug doctor and hopefully, it will keep my carpets clean.
There is a lot of dirt which is hidden in your carpets, I could not believe the amount of dirt which I pulled out of the carpets. I found that this Vax carpet cleaner was not too heavy it weighs about 6kg which is about the same as a corded vacuum cleaner. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a hell of a lot heavier. This does have a 2.7L water tank which means you do not have to fill it as much as some of the others on the market. I did not want to have to do several trips to the tap to fill it up when trying to clean the table.
The carpet cleaner does actually have a rotating brush bar which allows a deep and thorough clean. This is something which I wanted because then it can remove as much dirt as possible. What is the point of having a carpet cleaner which is not removing dirt? There is also no worry about the dirty water been mixed with clean water because there are two tanks. This is a bonus because you can actually see how much dirt you have actually managed to get out. For sure this is something which I love. There is something so satisfying about this and I can not explain it.
Another bonus which I love is that it comes with a huge cord which means you can easily do a whole room. I think that it is longer than a standard vac cum cord this does mean you do not have to change plugs when cleaning the carpet. Something which would be a pain seen as you are using water to clean the carpet/ You can easily move the carpet cleaner around so if you have furniture which you can not move the carpet around it can always be clean. This was a huge bonus when we cleaned the front room as I did not want to move all the heavy furniture.
We do not know when the carpets in this house had actually been laid or if they had ever been cleaned. Jess’ room actually took 3 tanks full to completely come clean. However, the colour ultimately had changed massively, even my Mum commented when she came over.
Of course, we have a horrible brown colour carpet which looked like mud. I was unsure of the colour the carpet was going to be because we had not laid it. It has come a lot lighter than it was which is a huge bonus. We only needed to actually to fill the tank up a couple of times but of course, this depends how dirty and huge your carpet is. As I said Jess’ carpet is a lot smaller than the front room and this took 3 tanks to get the dirt out.
As you can see the water had gone from clean to like dirty almost chocolate milkshake. I knew there was going to be a lot of dirt in the front room. The reason this is because we do not have a no-shoes rule at all. I did actually use an Astonish Carpet Shampoo I think this was around £1. It did mean that it smelt amazing which is always a huge bonus. Who does not want rooms to smell clean? It did take about 18 hours to fully dry however, this may have been because the weather was not great. I would recommend doing this when the weather is nice and you can throw the windows open. The summer would be a great time to do this, I might even do our bedroom very soon.
The carpet is a little bit lighter now and I have noticed that is it more fluffy than it has been in the past. I wanted to clean it because Jess is always playing on the floor and I did not want it to be filthy. For sure I feel a lot better about the condition of the floor now. For sure this is going to be something which I will do again in the future. No doubt at the end of the summer. It will be interesting to see how much more dirt does come out of the carpet. I know this is going to be something which we use a lot when we have a small baby. I am so glad that we purchased this carpet cleaner.
For sure I would recommend cleaning your carpets, I find it amazing to see how much dirt does come out. I would not do it too often though because it can be a pain to dry. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to get my bedroom carpet done. There is a huge stain I want to remove from the previous owner. Hopefully, it will come out and look like a new carpet because this is not something we want to have to pay for at the moment.
Have you ever cleaned your own carpets, if so let me know in the comments what you used?