Carpet Cleaners & Extractors

Overview:

Both carpet cleaners and extractors are used to clean carpet. Use of one or the other depends on the type of cleaning necessary and amount of time committed to perform the task. Carpet cleaners are for lighter regular cleaning, including some spot treatments. Extractors are used less frequently to perform deep cleanings. Both types of units come in a variety of sizes and capabilities. There are units with attached wands for the small to medium areas, walk-behinds for medium to large areas, and ride-on units for large jobs.

Decision-makers should review the following considerations.

  • Space: Area(s) where it will be used. Is the unit appropriate for the size of the space and will there be obstacles or furniture to navigate?
  • Surfaces: Type of carpet the Cleaner/Extractor will be used on. Does the brush head need to be adjustable for various types of carpet? How deep of cleaning is needed?
  • Users: The physical characteristics of the end-users. Is the unit adaptable to be used by different height users? 
  • Storage: The units will need to be stored somewhere. Is there storage space in an existing custodial closet?
  • Portability: The ease by which a user can get the equipment to the job site. Is there elevator access?
  • Maintenance: Ease of changing filters bags/brushes. Is a special tool needed for regular field and daily maintenance? Is the tank large enough for the job?
  • Power: Access to power. Units can be corded or battery-powered. Are there outlets available? Is the cord long enough? Is the battery capable of lasting the entire shift?
  • Noise and Vibration: Are noise or vibration an issue where the unit will be used? Are equipment operators exposed to hand-arm or whole body vibration?
  • Testing and Feedback: Demo the product. What was the users’ feedback on the unit after trying in the work environment?

Carpet Cleaners

Mfr
Model

Karcher
Clipper Duo
Carpet Cleaner

Nilfisk-Advance
Aquaride SE Rider
Carpet Cleaner

Karcher
iCapsol
BRS 43/500 C Deluxe

Criteria Rating

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

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Clipper Duo
Aquaride SE Rider
iCapsol BRS 43 500 C Deluxe

Review

A compact carpet cleaner that fits many users

A small footprint allows access to small spaces. Surface accessible built-in hose/wand and a height-adjustable handle to fit different height users. The fold-down handle makes it easy to transport and store.

Great for cleaning large spaces

Ride-on capability helps reduce user fatigue. Sweeping and cleaning are accomplished in one pass. Eliminates vacuuming. An adjustable steering column accommodates most users. 20 hr battery and large capacity tanks.

Great for spot cleaning

The counter-rotating brushes eliminate multiple passes and can get close to walls. Be aware that this unit does not have a vacuum feature so additional vacuuming will be needed once the cleaning solution has dried. Can be a good choice if you have the time for the extra step.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie Waxie

Specs

CFM: 100

Water Lift: 120"

Airwatt: 1412

Weight: 166 lbs

Cord: 50'

Cleaning Path: 16"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 10 gal / 10 gal

Removable brush: Req Tool

Wheels: 10" rear

Attached Wand: Yes ♠

Fold-down handle: Yes ♠

Height-Adj Handle: Yes ♠

CFM: 93

Water Lift: 78"

Airwatt: 853

Weight: 1165 lbs

Battery Life: 20 hr

Cleaning Path: 28"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 45 gal / 25 gal

Removable brush: Req Tool

Wheels: N/A

Attached Wand: No

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Steering column: Yes ♠

CFM: - N/A

Water Lift: - N/A

Airwatt: - N/A

Weight: 55 lbs

Cord: 40'

Cleaning Path: 17"

Solution Tank: 2 gal

Removable brush: Tool-Less

Wheels: N/A

Attached Wand: No

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Steering column: Yes ♠

Resources

Clipper Duo Carpet Cleaner Website

Clipper Duo Carpet Cleaner Brochure

Aquaride SE Rider Carpet Cleaner Website

Aquaride SE Rider Carpet Cleaner Brochure

Aquaride SE Rider Carpet Cleaner Fact sheet

iCapsol BRS 43/500 C Deluxe Website

iCapsol BRS 43/500 C Deluxe Brochure


Extractors


Mfr
Model

Advance
ET700

Karcher
Box & Wand Carpet
Extractor Puzzi 64/35 E

NSS
Predator CX 300 HP

Criteria Rating

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

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Advance-ET700
Karcher Box & Wand Carpet Extractor Puzzi 64 35 E
NSS Predator CX 300 HP

Review

Versatile and maneuverable extractor

Strong adjustable heat unit with a wand attachment. Can be used on upholstery. Large rear wheels make it easy to maneuver.

Large capacity extractor

Hand-held heated unit with an adjustable PSI pressure sprayer to address problem areas and reduce effort. The large capacity tank reduces the need to refill.

Strong extractor for small to medium spaces

A strong and versatile heated unit with an attached wand and a 12 gal capacity that will handle most small to medium jobs.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie Waxie

Specs

CFM: 100

Water Lift: 200"

Airwatt: 2353

Weight: 110 lbs

Cord: Two - 25'

Cleaning Path: 12"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 12 gal / 10 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: 2-12” rear / 2-2.5” front

Attached Wand: Yes

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

CFM: 111

Water Lift: 74"

Airwatt: 966

Weight: 139 lbs

Cord: Two - 25'

Cleaning Path: 12"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 17 gal / 14 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: 2-12” rear / 2-4” front

Attached Wand: Yes

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

CFM: 102

Water Lift: 140"

Airwatt: 1680

Weight: 99 lbs

Cord: Two - 25'

Cleaning Path: 12"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 12 gal / 12 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: 2-8” rear / 2-3” front

Attached Wand: Yes

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Resources

ET700 Website

Box & Wand Carpet Extractor Puzzi 64/35 E Website

Box & WAnd Carpet Extractor Puzzi 64/35 E Brochure

Predator CX 300 HP Website

Predator CX 300 HP Brochure


Extractors - Ride-on and Walk Behinds


Mfr
Model

Nilfistk-Advance
ES4000

Karcher
Admiral 8 Gal

Karcher
BRC 46 76

Criteria Rating

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

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Advance-ES4000
Karcher Admiral 8 Gal
Karcher BRC 45 76 W

Review

Multi-mode extractor for large areas

Total carpet care Ride-on with a height-adjustable steering column. The optional wand is available for hard-to-reach areas. The lengthy battery life and large capacity tanks allow for more cleaning time and eliminate the need to empty tanks until the end of shift/job.   

Compact extractor that fits most users

Strong unit with a footprint that allows access to smaller spaces.Height adjustable handle for multiple users. Accessible built-in hose and wand. Tanks are ideal for small to medium spaces. This is a unit to consider.

Strong extractor with high capacity

Extremely strong unit and cleans well. Has an impressive tank capacity and intuitive controls. Accessible build in hose and wand for hard-to-reach spaces.

UC Supplier

Waxie Waxie Waxie

Specs

CFM: 90

Water Lift: 67"

Airwatt: 709

Weight: 1,447 lbs

Battery Life: N/A

Cleaning Path: 28"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 28 gal / 28 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: N/A

Attached Wand: Light or Heavy Duty ♠

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Steering column: Yes ♠

CFM: 92

Water Lift: 117"

Airwatt: 1266

Weight: 92 lbs

Cord: 50'

Cleaning Path: 15"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 8 gal / 8 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: 2-10" rear

Attached Wand: Yes ♠

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Handle: Yes ♠

CFM: 99

Water Lift: 117"

Airwatt: 1363

Weight: 217 lbs

Cord: 75'

Cleaning Path: 20"

Solution/Recovery Tank: 20 gal / 20 gal

Removable brush: N/A

Wheels: 2-10” rear / 2-4” front

Attached Wand: Yes ♠

Fold-down handle: No

Height-Adj Handle: No

Resources

ES4000 Website

ES4000 Brochure

ES4000 Fact Sheet

Admiral 8 Website

Admiral 8 Brochure

BRC 46 76 Website

BRC 46 76 Brochure

Products are rated on a 5-star scale based on the Criteria Rating - ★
The product specification exceeds minimum UC Criteria - ♠
The product does not meet minimum UC Criteria - ⚠