They each remove dirt, so why do you need both?
The primary difference between a vacuum and a carpet cleaner is one uses water and the other does not.
Vacuuming is a regular piece of living with carpet. Even if you don’t clean anything else, your house looks a whole lot better after a few passes with a good vac. There is an immediate pay off and sense of accomplishment.
If you vacuum regularly, the surface of your carpet may look clean, but the layers beneath may tell a different story. Even the best vacuum will leave some debris behind. Dirt and grime clings to the base of your carpet fibers like Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton gripping those irrigation pipes at the end of “Twister.”
That’s where a good carpet cleaner — or carpet shampooer or carpet washer as they’re sometimes called — can really come in handy. They’re similar to vacuums in that you still push a cleaner back and forth across your floors, but these machines are actually putting water and cleaning solution onto your carpets, then using extraction to pull the dirty water back up into a separate tank.
They reach some debris that a vacuum does not. Hoover carpet cleaners all use a two-tank system, meaning your dirty and clean water never mix.
You’ll need both a good vacuum and a good carpet cleaner to clean your carpet effectively.
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