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Should a Rug be Vacuumed Before Cleaning With a Steam Carpet Cleaner?

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Question: Should a Rug be Vacuumed Before Cleaning With a Steam Carpet Cleaner?
Should a carpet be vacuumed first, before cleaning with a steam carpet cleaner? Since a carpet cleaner has suction and removes the dirt, is it necessary to vacuum the carpet first before cleaning?
Answer: Yes, always! The carpet should be vacuumed thoroughly with a regular vacuum cleaner before starting to clean it with a steam carpet cleaner. This will remove large and small dirt particles and gravel/sand that has been tracked into the home, as well as loosen deep dirt from within the fibers. This will make the carpet cleaning more effective. If your steam carpet cleaner has only one tank, it will also reduce the amount of times you have to change the water in the tank, during the carpet cleaning. While vacuuming, you may also notice small items that could impair a carpet cleaner if allowed to be picked up during the cleaning.

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