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    Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    Anyone do interior details with only a wet/dry vacuum and a garden sprayer?

    I've owned a Bissel consumer "carpet steamer" and was left far from impressed. The Rug Doctor is a much better performer, with its 2-stage motor and better built components. But it cost $35 to rent, or $700 to buy.

    So I'm thinking of a process as follows:

    1) Use the sprayer to wet the carpet with cleaner (my favourite is OxiClean
    2) Scrub with a brush
    3) Vacuum
    4) Rewet with plain hot water to rinse
    5) Final vac

    I've got a pretty powerful 6hp (I know the ratings are not REAL horsepower) vacuum, so it should make the extraction process pretty quick.

    What do you guys think? Anyone use a similar process?

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    i have used the rug doctor on my seats (we can borrow it free from the supermarket i work for), i have never used a wet/dry vac, i think the process is fine, spray agitate, and extract.

    http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22787

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    I have a Numatic George that I use for cleaning my carpets and seats. I bought the full kit version that came with a smaller extraction head for use in cars and it works a treat. It came with a bottle of Dr Carpet as well as Numatics own fluid so I am using those for now but I am keen to try some APC with it. My method for cleaning is,

    1) Vacuum
    2) Spray with fluid (using the pressure squirt from George) and work in with the extraction head. No reason why you can't spray the fluid and work with a brush instead.
    3) Extract
    4) Repeat 2 & 3 if needed

    It brings the seats and carpets up like new and the wet extraction gets all the sand type grit out of the carpet that normal vacuuming can struggle to lift. I don't go back over my work with water and have no problem with the cleaned surfaces attracting stains or excess dirt.

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoyJ View Post
    Anyone do interior details with only a wet/dry vacuum and a garden sprayer?

    I've owned a Bissel consumer "carpet steamer" and was left far from impressed. The Rug Doctor is a much better performer, with its 2-stage motor and better built components. But it cost $35 to rent, or $700 to buy.

    So I'm thinking of a process as follows:

    1) Use the sprayer to wet the carpet with cleaner (my favourite is OxiClean
    2) Scrub with a brush
    3) Vacuum
    4) Rewet with plain hot water to rinse
    5) Final vac

    I've got a pretty powerful 6hp (I know the ratings are not REAL horsepower) vacuum, so it should make the extraction process pretty quick.

    What do you guys think? Anyone use a similar process?
    Yes, it works well. I used an extractor nozzel after agitaing the carpet with a brush and cleaner/water. Then lightly wet and extract till cleaner is removed. Just dont over saturate the are. Also, make sure to check with the owners manual, as some wet/dry vac direct you to remove the filter before heavy water usage.

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    I have only ever used a shop vac for carpet and seats and door panels.

    1 vac throughly
    2 pretreat stains with your choice water based gp cleaner
    3 small bucket 1/3 full hot water
    4 light spray small area with gp cleaner
    5 dip scrub brush in hot water shake off excess and scrub area
    6 shop vac throughly
    7 dry with clean light colored towel, the towel will do 2 key things 1 dry area and 2 pull dirt from carpet or fabric.
    8 repeat process until towel stays clean after wipe

    when you use to much liquid, water or cleaner th dirt is trapped and after it dries it returns to the surface.

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    Almost forgot, change water in bucket it will get very dirty quickly.

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    Up until the last couple of months I've only ever used a shopvac. But then I got the Little green Machine from Wal-Mart. The thing is great. $85.
    check out some of the posts from either KerrinJeff or audionutmike (me) to see what I'm talking about.
    Hope this helps
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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    i have used the wet/dry vac b4 ...with some nice results...remmeber to not over wet ....brushing will help lift stains definetly.....i too use a wet/moist rag to remove dirt plus it helps on the drying .......oh yeah and with 5hp and up you should be fine.....

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    I also use the shop vac as my extractor.
    quality creates its own demand

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    Re: Carpet / Upholstery using ShopVac?

    Quote Originally Posted by J. A. Michaels View Post
    I also use the shop vac as my extractor.
    Same here. I never needed to do a "complete" interior upholstery cleaning(luckily). Only spot cleaning and my Rigid shop Vac works great. I would like to get a Bissil LGM. Royj, if you plan on doing a lot of interiors, try to save up the money to buy a good quality cleaner. Just like any tool, you'll appreciate it every time you use it.

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