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The Best Home Steam Carpet Cleaner

Updated on May 25, 2011

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner with Clean Surge, F5914-900

This very effective steam cleaner saves you the continuous expense and hassles of having to rent a steam cleaner and keeps carpets, upholstery, and floors looking brand new. The Hoover SteamVac has a powerful 12 amp motor that works with five spin brushes that operate at on two options, high or low speeds which effectively lift the typical dirt and stains out of carpets. When you have more frustrating stains or for highly used areas of carpet, the SteamVac has what Hoover calls a Clean Surge feature, this sends an additional flash of carpet shampoo into the stain by merely pressing the button on the handle.

When cleaning portion is finished, release the button and the SteamVac injects hot air into the cleaning area so you can have a couple of dry passes over the stain. This carpet shampooer has two divided water tanks to separate clean water from used water. The upper tank area holds the carpet shampoo and 1 gallon of worm to hot water and automatically combines the two. The lower tank area holds the dirty liquid raised up from the carpet and unhooks easily to empty out into a sink without spilling.

When you need to clean stairs or upholstery like a car interior this floor cleaner has a long eight foot hose and a individual stair/upholstery nozzle that rubs out stains. Another feature of this steam cleaner includes a Hoover brush indicator, which tells you if the brushes are spinning also included in your online purchase is an on/off foot pedal; a handle release pedal; and a twenty seven inch wrap around cord. Your new Hoover SteamVac will be covered by a full one-year warranty too.

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner Review

Hoover SteamVac Carpet Cleaner Review

So enough with the sales pitch how does the Hoover SteamVac perform?

Considering this is my first steam cleaner and the first one I bought online I have found it to be an excellent decision. Don’t be fooled by the name there is no steam used in the cleaning process, it’s a traditional wet-vac similar to the ones you rent at your local grocery stores.

Since I love to have people over and host a lot of parties, especially in the summer, I found now is the perfect time to put my SteamVac to the test. This carpet shampooer did a very good job from the first time I cleaned with it. You don’t realize how dirty your carpets are until they are properly cleaned. Don’t be alarmed if the water in the dirty water bucket is almost black. One thing I like is that the front of the vacuum cleaner is made of a clear plastic; this allows you to see what you're vacuuming up. If your short on time and want to dry the carpet as quickly as possible, keep vacuuming until there is no longer any water being pulled up.

If there was one fault to this steam cleaner it would be that the dirty water container fills up too quickly and should hold more volume. Ideally, the dirty water receptacle "should" be full right as you run out of clean water.

Make sure to read the manual. Assembly and operation are easy if you sit down and read the manual through before starting. This is not like a vacuum cleaner where you can just simply plug it in and start cleaning

One Must Read Part Is This

When you set your SteamVac up part of the setup procedure included where you squeeze the trigger and push the Clean Surge button to lock the rod into place. Make sure to push the Clean Surge button tightly. There may be a decisive SNAP which kind of sounds like you may have broke something, but you didn't, so no worries. From what I read online this is the cause of the leaking that people complain about, Hoover customer service pointed this out when I spoke to them about before buying it online at Amazon.

Another point Hoover made is that if it seems like there is a loss of suction or no suction at all; the problem is with a part not seated properly. This is a vacuum cleaner first so it’s easy to close the lid on the dirty water tank without lining it up properly, which would causes the vacuum leak and loss of suction.

Hoover Deep Cleansing Carpet/Upholstery Detergent

The Hoover Deep Cleaning Carpet shampoo is what I have been using for several months with my Hoover SteamVac. This is great for high traffic areas where there is a lot of dirt, if you take your time it is a very good carpet shampoo. I say to do it slowly because your first pass will not get it shinning white right away you will need a second or third pass to ensure the detergent works to the bottom of the carpet.

One thing I noticed first is the smell. It is very nice and girlfriend mentioned quite a few times on how the carpets smelled after cleaning them. This carpet shampoo does work well, and is a very easy to work with, both in terms of odor and ease in which it comes out of my carpets. Overall I am very happy with it and will continue to buy it online as I need it.

Hoover SteamVac & Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo

Hoover SteamVac & Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo

With the front being clear so you can see what dirt you are picking up and the fact that there are two buckets one for clean water and one for dirty make my new Hoover SteamVac with Clean Surge a worthwhile purchase. The Clean Surge feature makes stubborn stains easier to remove. The price point for this steam cleaner is great since I have saved more than the price of the cleaner this weekend alone.

The Hoover Deep Cleaning Carpet Shampoo works very well. It has a nice smell and has very low suds, which allow the rug cleaner to work as designed. Since this is the carpet shampoo is designed exclusively for the Hoover SteamVac makes it by far the best rug cleaner available on the market

The fact that the carpet shampoo and the SteamVac work so well together, I would highly recommend the combination to anyone looking to purchase a carpet shampooer online.


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      Tracy Monroy 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! Cleaning window treatments and upholstery fabric can be tough depending on the fabric. This tool looks useful.

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      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good household care information thanks.


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