DIY or “Do It Yourself” is a way to get something done that usually is offered as a service by a professional for cheaper by doing it yourself. While dorming at the university in Atlanta, I had to learn to do many things on my own. One lesson I taught myself, was how to clean my own carpets. I talked to a carpet cleaning Buford company about what to do, and this is what they said.
The First Steps
Big box home improvement stores located all over the country offer equipment that can be purchased or also some models that can be rented daily for a set fee. I intend to explain some of these machines for the DIY carpet cleaner want to be in this article.
Got a neighborhood Lowe’s? How about a Home Depot, an Ace. Even the locally owned neighborhood hardware store?
Blowers, Fans, Carpet Cleaners and Extractors are some of the machinery pieces used when doing a thorough cleaning of a carpet.
Difference Between Blowers
Commercial blowers are no more than large fans. Think office fan on steroids. A basic model of high capacity blower available at a large major big box chain near you is the “Dri-Eaz Carpet Blower. Running off 3-5 electric amps and creating a .5 horsepower, This carpet blower/dryer is a force to be reckoned with. At 24 lbs, it is sturdy enough to not be blown away by its own force. It stands 18.5 in tall as well as 18.5 in deep. It has a Width of 16.5 in. (All values are for Assembled Blower)
The Dri-Eaz Pro Carpet Blower is the previous blowers smaller yet stronger younger brother. Drawing on 1.9 amp per machine, you could have six of these babies on a single circuit. The fan speed of 885 CFM can move 1930 ft per min. With a 15 ft cord standing at only 9in height, this seems like the blower champion. Its depth runs 24in and width is 18in (Again ASSEMBLED of course.)
Last, but not least is the Dri-Eaz Compact Carpet blower. This little guy draws a mini 1.1 amps with a cord length of 10ft. It stands at 8.9in height, has a depth of 15.2 in and has a width of 15.2 in respectively. This model weighs 10.6 lbs and has a fan speed of 750 CFM.
Carpet Cleaning machines
The DIY Rug Doctor Carpet Cleaner is easy to use and claims to clean most rooms in as little as 20 minutes. Specs assembled are as follows, 24in deep, 13in wide and 27.5 in tall. Vacuum width is 12.4 in. It weighs approx 40 lbs has a cleaning tank capacity of between 3-7 gallons and has a two-stage bypass 108” water lift vac motor. (That’s a mouthful.) Running off of 12amps it has a brush motor speed of 2,500 RPM. 35 PSI with a brush width of 11.25in. It has a dirty water capacity is 4.8 gallons.
Karcher Carpet Cleaner and Detailer has a two gallon capacity with a 4 in hand tool perfect for detailing RV’s vehicles, or spot cleaning any type of carpet almost anywhere. Small, compact, this little guy will get the small spills cleaned up in a jiff.
Basic DIY carpet cleaning tools can be rented at any major Big Box Retailer. Knowing a little bit more about the machines in wich you may one day be using can be a resourceful practice. Who knows when the boyfriend will stop by and that wretched red wine stain is still in the living room from the last time they showed up.