Difference Between Upholstery Steam Cleaners and Upholstery Cleaning Machine

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When understanding the applications of cleaning equipment, many confuse the uses of upholstery steam cleaners with an upholstery steam cleaning machine. To help distinguish these products from each other, this post discusses the intended uses of both.

Upholstery steam cleaners are steam cleaning machines equipped with special detailing tools recommended for spot cleaning to remove spots, small stains, food, and beverage stains from upholstery and carpets. An upholstery cleaning machine, by contrast, is considered a carpet cleaner which cleans entire carpets, rugs, seat covers, curtains, and other upholstery. Upholstery steam cleaners are used for cleaning a variety of surfaces other than upholstery such as tiles, stone, glass, sealed wood, floors, mattresses, windows, doors, metal, and a variety of other surfaces that are not too large in size. An upholstery cleaning machine, on the other hand, is used only for cleaning carpets and upholstery.

There are many other differences between upholstery steam cleaners and upholstery cleaner machines.

Dry Steam Versus Wet Steam
An upholstery steam cleaner generates very high temperatures, often reaching up to 386°F. This machine uses dry steam, which has less than 5 percent water content. An upholstery cleaning machine, on the other hand, uses cold or hot water to remove dirt from carpets. This machine has temperatures varying up to 210°F.

Cleaning Mechanism
Upholstery steam cleaner machines generate very hot steam, which is applied to the surface with a nozzle. The steam is allowed to settle and soften dirt on the upholstery, after which a squeegee tool or detailing brush is used for removing the dirt from the surface. Many commercial steam cleaners have vacuum extraction features that remove dirt and moisture from the surface.

The best upholstery cleaner has a sturdy steel wand used for scrubbing the carpet lightly and extracting dirty water after application of a solution to the upholstery. The wand should be short if you are cleaning upholstery (4 inches) but longer for cleaning carpets (20 inches). Walk-behind carpet cleaners do not have wands; instead, the detergent solution application and extraction process take place as the operator pushes the machine ahead on the carpet.

Low Water Usage
A steam cleaning machine is uses dry vapor to clean surfaces. Most upholstery cleaning equipment often consume more water when cleaning carpets. However, the best upholstery cleaner is one that uses as little water as possible. Carpet cleaners from reputable suppliers offer advanced low flow technology that relies more on extraction rather than water. These machines are ideal for commercial cleaning particularly because they can be used continuously without using extensive amounts of water, and they reduce the cost of wastewater disposal.

When choosing heated cleaning equipment, check whether they are meant for spot cleaning or complete cleaning of upholstery. Steam cleaners cannot clean entire carpets, but they are very effective in spot cleaning upholstery and eliminating germs and bacteria when equipped with anti-bacterial technologies. Therefore, these machines are used in hotels, hospitals, residential areas, gyms, theaters, and health centers Upholstery cleaners, or carpet cleaners, are used for cleaning large areas of upholstery. Instead of spot removal of dirt, they clean the fabric in its entirety.



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