What vacuum should you use on silk or ultra soft, high-pile carpet?

What vacuum should you use on silk or ultra soft, high-pile carpet?
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Synopsis: If you just put Mohawk's SmartStrand Silk or the Shaw Anso Caress carpet, you need to be aware that your vacuum cleaner probably will not push through it!

There is a new breed of carpets that have just into fashion, and if you are reading this you probably found out that your old vacuum cleaner is very difficult to push without sinking down into the carpet.

There are the Bliss Beaulieu SoftSense, Mohawk SmartStrand Silk, Shaw Caress, Platinum Plus Softspring, TruSoft Stainmaster, Dream Weaver PureSoft Cashmere. All of these carpets are premium high pile carpets that are incredibly soft to the touch. You'll love walking barefoot on them as well. The problem is finding a vacuum you can push though it.

If you are one of the lucky people that have this new kind of carpet there is hope! We have two options for you.

1. You can use a vacuum with a height adjustment system that includes an extra-high height adjustment setting. Just about any other vacuum will be hard to push on this type of carpet, and it’s not good for the carpet. This has become such a big issue for Mohawk they are testing vacuums so they can help customers who are upset because their existing vacuum cleaner will not work.

There are three brands currently that seem to handle this carpet quite well. Simplicity, Riccar, and Carpet Pro. Riccar and Simplicity are essentially the same company and both brands have several models that are ideal. If you want an upright that has the attachments on board I would suggest the Simplicity Synchrony or Simplicity Synergy or the Riccar Brilliance or Riccar Radiance. If you do not need the attachments on board I would suggest the Simplicity Freedom.

Both brands have either five or six year warranties and are American made as well.

2. These same two brands also make light weight 8 lb uprights that have a rug plate designed specifically for this type of carpet. The Simplicity Freedom and the Riccar Supralight models are what you want in this situation.

 

If you have a central vacuum system, we are now offering the new Cen-Tec power nozzle system as well.

About the Author

Carl Tice I own and operate a traditional "mom-and-pop" vacuum cleaner shop here in Torrance, CA. We have been in business in the same location since 1966. We repair almost every brand ever made and we sell SEBO, Lindhaus, Simplicity, Miele, Fuller Brush as well as others.

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