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I used one of these regularly in a professional capacity for almost a year, and just have to share a review. These are simply fabulous and I wish so hard that I could afford one.
I worked as a cleaner in a busy caravan park for almost a year, during which I was responsible for ensuring the hire fleet were maintained in an excellent state throughout, and thoroughly cleaned for each new arrival. You would be amazed how often deep cleaning of the carpets and upholstery was required after someone had stayed there for only 3 days!
--The machine itself--
This machine is pretty bulky, but surprisingly light and easy to move around (it also has a carry handle on the top). All you need is the smallest tug and it moves along behind you, even when full of water. Of course it is heavy when both tanks have water in them. The attachment is long enough that the main body of the machine need not get in your way while cleaning. It is operated through 2 simple buttons and a trigger on the handle, so it is beautiful in its simplicity.
There is a length of thin plastic tubing which clips onto the machine, this is what the shampoo/water mixture travels through to reach the carpets. The dirty water and any debris is then sucked back through a wide black tube into the collection chamber (which is lidded with clear plastic allowing you to easily see when it needs emptied, and protecting you from splashes!) There is also a removable handled bucket in this chamber, which makes emptying the filth nice and easy. The main head is quite wide, but the opening is thin; this actually concentrates the suction and I think is one of the factors that contributes to the sheer power of said suction. It also allows you to get into corners, nooks and crannies!
The clean chamber has a capacity of 10 litres, and all you need do is place the appropriate mix of water and shampoo in there and you are ready to go.
The cleaner has two simple buttons - one which sprays the shampoo out, and one which turns on the suction. To eject the shampoo, you must have the correct button depressed and you then use the trigger button on the handle to control the output of the shampoo. It works best if you cover a small area at a time with the shampoo, using the head to scrub. When you are ready to suck up the dirt from that section, you turn off the shampoo and press the button for the suction. You can leave the shampoo button in the 'on position, but the trigger is quite sensitive so you could end up spraying more shampoo out accidentally. You should never leave the suction on while shampooing, as it will suck up the shampoo before you get a chance to scrub!
I got best results by slowly moving the head over the section in strips, pressing down reasonably hard. Doing it this way, I rarely had to go over any section more than twice to leave the carpet practically dry. It is hard work and can be tiring, but the results are incredible. For a mid range 3 bedroom caravan (with carpeting throughout except kitchen area), I would need two tanks to clean the lot. Sometimes three if there was extremely heavy soiling. I always used Rug Doctor shampoo as this is what was provided.
The upholstery attachment is used in the very same way, and is basically a smaller version of the main head (though the pipe is not as long as it is hand held).
Using this cleaner always made a hugely noticeable difference. The dirt that was in the collection bucket was always surprising, even on clean-looking carpets that I done just to freshen up, if I had time. It really worked well, and removed even stubborn old stains (goodness knows what the last cleaner done in that place!) It is quite loud, but you have to remember it is an industrial machine. And you can't expect these things to be silent. The fact it leaves carpets almost completely dry is a real bonus, and there's no reason not to use this in the home. Apart from perhaps the affordability! Using it to clean upholstery was equally successful.
All this machine needs is to be emptied after use, and a general clean. This is easy to do with soap and water; just wipe everything down and clean gathered dirt out of the collection bucket (again, being removable this is easy). The head can be soaked to clean grime, all the tubes/pipes are removable so can also be soaked. For a quick keep-you-going fix, you can suck clean water from the clean chamber through into the collection bucket. This is also an easy way to empty the clean chamber, as it does not have a removable bucket.
The length of the main head pipe was at odds with my height (5'4"), as cleaning the carpets with this always left my back aching! The handle is not particularly comfortable to hold either, but in saying that it is worth pointing out that I maintained a significant and steady downward pressure at all times when using this, to maximise scrubbing and suck up as much as possible in one swipe. I was generally using it for prolonged periods as well. It is fairly bulky and storing in the home might be difficult for many people. And of course, it is very expensive, costing several hundreds of pounds!
If you have the money, this carpet cleaner is so worth it. I would give my right arm to own one of these. It is easy to use, you can see it working (which is something that really makes a difference to me) by the dirt that comes out and the shampoo lathering on the carpet. I also love the clear and controllable change from lathering up on the carpet, to sucking it all away. Some cleaners I have used seem to put out the shampoo and suck at the same time and I really dislike this as I don't feel the shampoo is in contact with the carpet for long enough to do anything. It needs scrubbed!
Having the luck to be friends with someone who runs their own cleaning company, I was able to borrow and keep for a few months this Karcher Puzzi 100 spray extraction carpet and upholstery cleaner.
I do own a Vax carpet cleaner, but that really is for minor spills and cleaning areas, where this is really for larger areas such as offices, hotels or schools. Having said that this just as easily can be used in the home, as it slides along the carpets with a lot of ease and is very easy to use leaving the carpets really dry afterwards.
I needed to use this as we have had a very bad leak in our dining room over the last few months and after finally getting it fixed, the ceiling then went on to fall in ( Great!... what a lovely few months I've had, so much for the SUMMER!). My carpets in the dining room were in need of a really good clean and so was the rest of the house it seemed after using this machine!
Coming in a striking yellow and black colour scheme, it looked like it would be bulky to use, so I was a bit worried that I may soak my carpets and get the horrible smell back from wet damp floors! ( I had only just managed to get rid of the smell from the leak!). Being L665xW320xH435 this is a bit of a monster! Coming with two large wheels and two castors this beast moves at just a slight tug making it very easy to move around the house.
There is an oblong bucket at one end that sits ready to collect the dirty water as it is sucked up from your carpets and dirty it is. This has a clear lid that fits over the top, which gets quite dirty from the splashes of water. At the other end is the fresh clean water holder that holds 10 litres. Putting just a slight amount of carpet cleaner in this is ready to use. This has to be filled up quite a few times while using, if covering a large area, but for small spaces like a dining room this can be done with one filling.
There are two buttons on the side to press down which are;
1. This is if you wish to pre-spray before vacuuming
2. This is pushed down at the same time as 1 to spray and vacuum at the same time ( this is what I prefer to use)
So off you go and start by pressing these buttons down, there is a trigger that you hold down on the hose and it will spray as you hoover. It is best to keep moving otherwise you can over spray and soak, but having said that this vacuum will pick this up if you keep going over it. The vacuum part is the best feature as I have never known a vacuum that leaves the carpet almost ready to walk on as it is virtually dry!
This also comes with a furniture attachment that is just as good and I have been really pleased with the outcome on my cream suite. Although I can wash the cushions ect.. in the washing machine I also have 2 coffee/corner units that are covered in a cream material and they have been a real bugger to try and clean especially if a drop of red wine has dripped onto the material ( that's the hubby again!). Well this machine has brought it up like new. I also have a suite in my kitchen/ breakfast room which is also a light creamy colour and it was really looking the worse for wear, but now looks like new.
I would love to own one of these Karcher's, but with it costing a hefty £650.96 ( you can get it for a bit less at £369.99 ) it is still out of my reach. So I'm very lucky to have a friend who owns a few of these and lets me keep it for a couple of weeks at a time every few months. So I can now say that I have very clean carpets, as if you had been able to see the colour of the water that came out of my carpets you would be shocked I was!
So now when my grandson comes over and starts to crawl I will feel safe that he is on a clean floor now!.
A very big 5 Dooyoo stars for this great machine!
Short name: Karcher Puzzi 100