Vacuum Recommendations for Soft Carpet 2015December 13, 2014
Tigressa Cherish, Tigressa Soft Style, and Innovia Touch carpets require specific vacuums to maintain their resiliency and boost their longevity. Use the wrong vacuum and not only will it be difficult to push/pull, but it will also take years off of your new carpet by beating it up too hard.
THE BIG THREE things to look for in a vacuum to safely maintain your soft carpet still hold true:
- Wide wheels – the vacuum wheels should not sink into the carpet or else your beater bar will beat up your carpet too much
- Depth adjustment – look for a vacuum with an adjustable height on the beater bar
- Lightweight – not only does it make your life easier, but it helps save your carpet by keeping the vacuum riding on top of the carpet instead of sinking in and beating it too hard
Remember, just like if you were to buy a high-end car and invest in all of the tools needed to maintain that car, you should invest in a good vacuum that meets THE BIG THREE criteria for your new soft carpet. Entry-level vacuums that have all of THE BIG THREE criteria start at only around $150. We strongly suggest that you invest in the right vacuum and get in the habit of the right care program for your new flooring.
If you find that your current vacuum doesn’t glide effortlessly over your new soft carpet, check to see it meets THE BIG THREE of vacuum criteria listed above.
See the files below for carpet manufacturer vacuum recommendations for your new soft carpet. Not all vacuum models will be up-to-date, but if you follow THE BIG THREE, you will be on the right track to flooring care success!
Notice, no DYSON vacuum cleaner is recommended. The use of any vacuum with too much suction or too much beater bar will likely damage your carpet & void your carpet warranty. If you submit a carpet warranty claim, the inspector will ask you very specific questions about what you use to maintain your carpet and how you use it.
I have an old upright Hoover Power Drive (it is 35 yrs old and works great and easy to use). Will this work on the new soft carpets. I am thinking of buying Innovia touch Ivette (SF). Can I use my old vacuum?
First off, congratulations on your purchase of the world’s longest lasting vacuum cleaner! Your Hoover Power Drive really has amazing longevity for a vacuum! I’d be lucky if I got ten years out of my little vacuum.
Second, excellent choice with Ivette. It is a 4-star carpet and is going to wear well in medium-traffic areas. If you are planning to re-carpet a high-traffic area, I would recommend a 5-star carpet if you want to add a little longevity to your space. As a general rule, I take the wear-warranty and divide it by three to give a gauge of how long a carpet will look new in high-traffic areas (hall/stair/living rooms) given regular vacuuming and an 18-month professional steam cleaning plan. Remember that a wear-warranty only covers very limited conditions (like wearing the carpet completely down to the backing – which never happens) and is just a good gauge of a carpet’s quality in relation to other carpets. In going with Flooring America through – you have an excellent showroom to browse with a star rating system based on independent evaluation instead of manufacturer evaluation so you can compare different brands very easily with the 5-star rating system for carpet.
Third, your vacuum will be fine if it has THE BIG THREE for its attributes:
#1 Wide wheels – the vacuum wheels should not sink into the carpet or else your beater bar will beat up your carpet too much
#2 Depth adjustment – look for a vacuum with an adjustable height on the beater bar
#3 Lightweight – not only does it make your life easier, but it helps save your carpet by keeping the vacuum riding on top of the carpet instead of sinking in and beating it too hard
Just make sure too Pam that it glides easily over your soft carpet. If it is more difficult to push/pull over your soft carpet than your harder carpets – it’s time to invest in a new vacuum.
Do you have a buying guide for 2020 for soft carpet? I have the Tigressa Pari Passu III carpet and am having a hard time finding something that will vacuum through it. Thanks.