Carpets are an important part of any décor, but they need regular cleaning and maintenance to maintain their beauty. Commercial carpet cleaners remove odors and germs that reside on unclean carpets. Depending on who uses the carpet and how often, the carpets can carry molds, pet hair, pet urine, food stains and mud; some carpets may even carry bedbugs and fleas.
No matter how clean the carpet appears, the fact is, without proper cleaning, these carpets soon become breeding grounds for allergens and germs. They start to spread disease and emit bad odors that ruin the appeal of any home or commercial establishment.
Rather than just dry vacuuming the carpet, you need to extract the dirt and grease embedded deep in the carpet fabric and fibers. Only commercial carpet cleaners can accomplish that. Commercial carpet cleaners are designed to thoroughly clean the carpet, not just remove surface-level dirt and debris.
A commercial carpet cleaner takes on more importance in commercial areas where high pedestrian traffic and the need for proper presentation makes clean carpets a necessity. Due to their superior features and enhanced cleaning power, a commercial carpet cleaner may also be used in a domestic capacity, where homeowners lease or purchase a commercial carpet cleaner for regular carpet maintenance.
Commercial carpet cleaning machines feature pressure levels higher than 150 psi, while home-use machines barely reach 80 psi of pump pressure level. Very powerful commercial carpet cleaners could have pressure levels as high as 170 psi. An industrial carpet cleaner can attain pressure as high as 500 psi, which can be adjusted to lower levels for specific cleaning requirements.
Industrial carpet cleaners achieve temperature levels as high as 210ºF. Carpet cleaning machines with heating devices are able to heat water while non-heating carpet cleaners, although cheaper, cannot heat water. Non-heated carpet cleaning machines, however, can use hot water, and they are mostly used for lighter carpet cleaning applications.
Not just the temperature level, but the heating time should also be a factor in your decision to purchase a carpet cleaner. Heating time should be no more than 5 minutes; otherwise you will spend precious working hours just waiting for water to heat.
When you use hot water on carpets, be careful to test the material beforehand for heat tolerance. When you are not sure, or the carpet is very expensive, glued on, or not too dirty, use cold water or lukewarm water only.
Upholstery and carpet cleaning machines require two different types of wands. A short 4-inch wand is used for cleaning upholstery and car interiors. A longer wand is used for cleaning carpets in larger areas. When purchasing wands, you can look for two-jet wands, which are more powerful or single-jet wands if your carpet cleaning requirements are not very extensive.
A stainless steel wand is tougher and corrosion resistant. Also, check if the wand shape is ergonomic in design, or else you could be facing a back ache or other types of discomfort when cleaning carpets on a regular basis.
Carpet cleaners work well when combined with an eco-friendly, non-toxic detergent. These detergents are safe and they clean carpets without leaving toxic residue on them. These detergents are safe for carpet cleaners as well because they do not contain corrosive chemicals.
A good carpet steam cleaner is a solid investment for any contractor, car wash business or large commercial location. Poor quality carpet cleaners on the other hand, can turn out to be expensive investment, costing a lot and not providing sufficient returns.