How Carpet Cleaner Works Best
Carpet cleaners are sometimes referred to as "steam carpet cleaners," "carpet steam cleaners," or even "steam cleaners." True steam cleaners use dry vapor steam, which is ineffective for general-purpose carpet cleaning.
A carpet cleaner, also called a carpet steam cleaner or carpet steamer, is sometimes also confused with other types of steam cleaners, as well as steam mops and hard floor steam cleaners. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to the difference between a vacuum and a carpet cleaner. Even retailers often incorrectly include carpet cleaners in vacuum categories, but these two floor care appliances are not the same type of cleaning machine. While both will clean your carpet - a vacuum removes dust, dirt by dry suction; a carpet cleaner sprays hot water and solution on the carpet, scrubs and then removes the dirty water and solution. A vacuum will not remove stains; that's a job for a carpet cleaner.
A carpet cleaner, also known as a carpet extractor or carpet shampooer, is designed to remove deeply embedded dirt and stains in carpets. For optimal results, the machines work as follows: Users pretreat the carpet by spraying it with a cleaning solution and letting it soak in, or dwell, for about 15 minutes. Then, operators use the carpet cleaner, which pumps water into the carpet and extracts the dirty, soapy fluid with a high-powered vacuum. Some units include components to heat the rinse water, others don't.
This component generates the pressure that injects the water into the carpet. Pump pressure levels generally range from 60 pounds per square inch (psi) to 500 psi.
The vacuum in the carpet cleaner extracts dirty water and cleaning solution from the carpet and empties it into an extraction tank. Vacuums are driven by motors that come in a variety of configurations, including: single 2-stage motors, two 3-stage motors, and three 2-stage motors. For optimum performance, choose a motor with at least two stages.
The power of a vacuum motor is commonly measured in airflow (cubic feet per minute, or CFM) and water lift (inches). Airflow refers to the movement of air through the machine and typically ranges from 100 to more than 200 CFM. Water lift measures the suction strength of the vacuum and typically ranges from 100 to more than 250 inches.
These tanks hold the rinse water. Typically, solution tanks range in size from 4.5 gallons to 17 gallons.
These tanks hold extracted dirt, cleaning chemicals, and water. Typically, recovery tanks range in size from 4.5 gallons to 15 gallons.
This component heats the rinse water to temperatures as high as 210ºF in as little as three minutes. Heating elements can range from single tank-heating models, which heat water in the solution tank, to double inline heating elements, which heat water as it exits the machine.
Carpet cleaners usually come with a large floor wand. The wand can range in width from 10 inches to 12 inches and include one or two jets for dispensing and extracting fluids. Upholstery and stair wands are available as options. Vacuum and cleaning solution hoses come in a variety of lengths and can be ordered in custom lengths.
Auckland Carpet Cleaners has been using their Carpet Cleaning Process to deliver excellent carpet cleaning and related cleaning services to residents of Auckland since 1987. We offer environmentally friendly carpet cleaning service that are safe for kids & pets in our 5-Step Steam Cleaning Process. .
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Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"