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on June 9, 2011
If you are reading this, you are considering buying an Oreck Orbiter floor cleaning machine. I want to share my recent experience using this cleaning system.
The problem carpet in my house covers the family room and a short hallway to the kitchen, which includes a closet pantry. It is a white berber. The hallway builds up a lot of dirt, as it is high traffic. Additionally, we had stains around the pantry door where a bottle of apple juice had at one time spilled. The family room carpet had stains from spills, and as we raised four puppies, has had pet stains over the 19 years we have lived in this house.
We had tried many carpet cleaning solutions. All failed to clean the apple juice stains and the worst of the pet stains. None made the pathway dirt in the hall look more than a dismal gray color. Here is what we had tried:
1. A traditional professional steam cleaner. No effect at all on the juice or worst pet stains.
Little effect on the path dirt.
2. Sears Dry System for carpet cleaning. The results were the same as the steam cleaning.
3.A Bissel home steam cleaning upright unit. Once again, same results as 1 and 2.
4.The Rug Doctor steam cleaning unit (as a rental), which you have seen advertised on TV. Once again the worst pet stains and the juice stain remained. It did the best job on the pathway dirt, but did not eliminate it.
5. The Bissel Spot Bot, which uses brushes to scrub one small circular area at a time. It made progress on the pathway dirt, but again only to a gray color. It made no progress on the juice stains. Some of the pet stains got lighter after repeated usage, but were never completely removed. Sometimes this unit fails to actually pick up the dirty water it creates and just spreads out the stain rather than removing it.
Then we tried the Oreck Orbiter. It got the high traffic area more clean than it has been in MANY years, after only one pass. The juice stains were not completely eliminated, but were reduced to the point where you have to look for them to see them. Again, this was after only one try. I am confident that repeated usages, especially if we use the brush attachment, will remove them completely. The tough pet stains were cleaned up entirely. These are stains that had resisted FIVE other cleaning systems, and they disappeared ... the first time! ... using this Orbiter and the carpet cleaning chemicals that Oreck sells to use with it.
I believe the difference is the orbiting action, along with Oreck's superior cleaning chemicals. You literally get dozens of cleaning passes over the trouble spot in the same time and effort that would provide one or two passes with the other cleaning machines. And unlike steam cleaning in particular, no stains have started to mysteriously reappear a few days later. I believe the reason for that is the cleaning methodology. You first spray the carpet lightly with a cleaning solution, and use a separate solution on tough stains. Then you spread a powder over the area to be cleaned. As you use the orbiter, the powder soaks up the dirt, and is in turn picked up by the fabric pad on the bottom of the orbiter. When the dirt is gone, its in the cleaning pad, not forced down through the fabric of the carpet into your carpet padding.
If you are considering a permanent carpet cleaning solution, this is a good choice. And it really isn't physically difficult to use. It is about the same effort as vacuuming, from my experience.
It is not particularly inexpensive. Eighty dollars in chemicals were required for two hallways and two large rooms. We did have some chemicals left over, possibly enough to do half of one of the large rooms. If you don't have problem stains or areas, you may do as well with less expensive alternatives.
However, this is the ONLY way I will ever clean my carpets from now on.
Carpet cleaning is of course not all this unit will do. Because of the orbiting action, it will clean hardwoods, tile, and linoleum too. You could probably get away with using it on smooth concrete, such as your garage or carport surface. I have not personally used it other than on carpet, but I will be doing so in the near future. I'll update this after.
I hope this has helped you in evaluating whether to purchase this unit for you own use. This review contains my actual experiences over 19 years of trying to keep my berber carpet clean. The first time you use it, you will experience the same results I enjoyed. This is possibly the most enthusiastic recommendation I have ever given a consumer product. And no, I am not affiliated with Oreck in any way. LOL I'm just pleased with how much cleaner my carpet is.
Update: Seven months and three cleanings later, I just get more and more happy with the performance of this tool. I just got through cleaning all the carpets in the house in preparation for a New Year's Eve party where we'll be having eight guests, some of whom may stay over in guest rooms. One of the guest rooms suffered from a leak that developed in the condensation catch pan under the air handler in the attic. The carpet had rust spots and overall just looked pretty disgusting. Before just scrapping it, I decided to try cleaning it. I got out every rust spot except for four tiny spots where the water had really settled in where the bedposts were pressing into the carpet. Since the bedposts are going right back on top of those four spots, I wasn't too unhappy. There was one rust colored stain which was about 4 inches wide and more than three feet long. It disappeared completely without much effort on my part.
I did try a new trick, as I knew these stains would be a challenge. Instead of the normal "tough stain spray", I used Spray and Wash. This turned out to work great. I also developed a technique for a really stubborn spot where I sort of turn the orbiter up on its edge a bit and walk in a circle around the stain to put some extra force on it from 360 degrees. That is also pretty effective.
I've started waiting a little longer than the instructions say before the final vacuum pass. I stay off the cleaned carpet, and let it completely dry. Then I vacuum it VERY thoroughly.
I had some really unattractive spill streaks and stains in the family room this time, and they completely disappeared just in the normal course of this cleaning. I did pre-spray them with the Spray and Wash, and let it sit on them for a few minutes before I used the normal prep spray and spread the powder.
I mentioned above that running the orbiter isn't a lot different than running your vacuum cleaner. I'd like to amend that. I'd RATHER run the orbiter than the vacuum cleaner. It sort of glides around all on its own with just a bit of guidance. Shoving and pulling that vacuum cleaner is WORK! LOL
I have now used this on our hardwoods and tile twice. It does a good job, but you DO need to mop afterwards. The orbiter will loosen dirt and stains, but the pad won't pick up everything. Note that the instructions for cleaning hard surfaces DO tell you to mop afterwards, so this is an expected part of the process.