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    Carpet shampooers

    This place is some kind of resource!

    I may be shampooing some carpets. There is a company here that does it with a per room charge. there are also the rental units at Menard's/Home Depot?Lowes. There is also my mother-in-laws unit that was bought probably at some store ending in mart. That one would be free, except for probably having to do the mother-in-laws carpet too. Which of these options have you guys tried? The pro, the rental, or my mother-inlaw? Well, you don't really know my maw-in-law, but you know what I mean. Are the rentals good?
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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    We've tried them all at some point or another. If one can afford it, having a professional do it gives one the best results IMO. But we bought a Hoover Wind Tunnel carpet cleaner (approx $300) to keep at the house that does a pretty solid job.

    Just stay away from Sunshine Carpet Cleaning....

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    The wife and I are thinking about this too. I'm probably going to rent a "Rug Doctor" from Kroger. For $35, we can keep it 24 hours and I figure I can't screw it up _too_ badly. The carpet cleaner companies around here want $99 to do two rooms although they will move the furniture around which is really the biggest part of the job.
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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    Rug Doctor works pretty good.

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    Using a rental unit means that someone else's dirty carpet germs will now be coming into your own house. Same can be said if having a professional come in. Do you really think they clean those things? NO THANKS!

    Personally, I would just go out and buy a carpet cleaner. By just using it a few times, it will have paid for itself.

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    We've had great results renting from Home Depot. We've done it at three residences and it makes the carpet look great. Very cheap and quick.

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    Using a rental unit means that someone else's dirty carpet germs will now be coming into your own house

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    We bought a Bissel carpet cleaner from Target years ago, maybe $200-300 or so. I was thoroughly impressed. Carpets looked professionally cleaned.
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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago View Post
    Using a rental unit means that someone else's dirty carpet germs will now be coming into your own house. Same can be said if having a professional come in. Do you really think they clean those things? NO THANKS!

    Personally, I would just go out and buy a carpet cleaner. By just using it a few times, it will have paid for itself.
    I'm not convinced. Bring yours over and let's see how well it works!

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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    Find someone like my wife who has a Kirby with a shampooer attachment, they'll do a professional job with dry foam and scotch-guard and charge you $100-200 (depending on rooms/square footage, etc)

    If you're in the Portland area we could fix you up, otherwise I'd check craigslist
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    Re: Carpet shampooers

    My dad owns a business that rents shampooers. Traditionally, we have always gotten good results at the house by doing it ourselves. It's not a very hard process, though I'd imagine it would be better if a professional did it. If you can rent one for around $30, I would do it. Just make sure to follow the directions exactly.
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