My personal testimonial has
to do with cleaning carpets. We have
been in our house for five years and so I decided that the white carpeting
throughout could stand to be cleaned.
(There are only two of us in the house and the entire first floor has
wood floors, so the five years is not quite as bad as it sounds.) Frankly, I like to clean carpets or, more
correctly, I like to dump the dirty water.
There is such a sense of accomplishment to watch that filthy water go
down the drain.
In the past, I have rented a Rug Doctor from the local grocery store. Knowing that our Riccar and Simplicity divisions were introducing a new, rental carpet extractor made by our Tornado division in Chicago, I decided to give the machine a try. I’m sure glad I did.
In its simplest form, a
carpet extractor puts down soapy water and then pulls it back up. Many extractors also offer some form of
agitation (hopefully of the carpet, not the user). The results obtained depend on how well the
machine does each of these things. Since
it was designed for commercial use, the Riccar / Simplicity unit has a
commercial quality pump and vacuum motor.
These did an excellent job of spraying cleaning solution across the
entire width of the machine and then of vacuuming up the solution to allow for
However, the biggest
advantage of our machine seemed to come from the machine‘s brush agitator used
to clean the carpet. It’s much like your
upright vacuum brush roll and did wonders getting dirt out of the carpet. Both on the wall to wall plush carpets and
thinner area rugs, the results were easy to see (even if you didn’t see the
Is there anything I would
change? Well, it is heavier than the Rug
Doctor because it is made for commercial use.
No lightweight plastic used here.
However, I did lift it into and out of my car without hurting my back
and it was not at all heavy to use.
Overall impression: I’m proud to know that our associates build this great product right here in the USA and confident that people using this product will be pleased with the results.