Suggestions for cleaning area rug

Professional cleaning recommended using hot water extraction method, but would like to clean rug myself using my Bissell steam cleaner. Pile is 100% olefin. Has anyone had any experience with this?
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  • 3po3 3po3 on Jul 16, 2012
    I don't have any experience myself, but I know that in the past KMS Woodworks (a fellow Coloradan here on Hometalk who seems to know everything) has suggested using a power washer on rugs. He said he uses a power washer on his Persian carpets.

  • Nancy F Nancy F on Jul 17, 2012
    Thanks, I'll consider that.

  • Z Z on Jul 17, 2012
    Oh wow! That's an interesting idea I never thought of trying Steve. I always use Spot Shot on our area rugs when the kitties have had mishaps and it works great. As for using your Bissell steamer..... hmmmm.... I have one and love it for all our hard surface floors, from marble, hardwood and ceramic, but never thought to try it on an area rug. I have a little one that got tossed in the garage and is soiled that I just might have to try that on. I'm thinking doing it without the microfiber pad and ten sucking out the excess water with the shop vac would work best. I'll let you know how it works when I get a chance to try it Nancy.

  • Nancy F Nancy F on Jul 18, 2012
    I do not have a power washer, and anything left outside to dry would take forever in this humidity. So... Put area rug on top of carpet I had not yet cleaned, vacuumed it, then used Bissell steam cleaner on normal setting to clean, went over it with clear water to rinse, and finally went over it many times just extracting water. Has been drying overnight and looks great today!

  • Z Z on Jul 18, 2012
    Oh yay! Glad to hear it worked Nancy. I'll love my Bissell steamer even more now! I must add since you mentioned putting it on normal setting, is your Bissell steam cleaner for hard floors or carpets?

  • Nancy F Nancy F on Jul 19, 2012
    My Bissell is for carpets, and does a great job.

  • Z Z on Jul 19, 2012
    Okay. Thanks Nancy. Mine is for hard surface floors.

  • Shawn Fischer Shawn Fischer on May 23, 2013
    What do you use for cleaning solution on your hardwood floors with the Bissell?