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Buyer’s Guide: Professional Carpet Cleaning Machines
The most popular professional carpet cleaning machines are ‘portable extractors’. This type of machine is perfect if you want to clean carpets or upholstery to a professional standard in either domestic or commercial environments.
How to choose a professional carpet cleaning machine spec:
Which water pump?
The pump sprays the cleaning solution into the carpet. On professional carpet cleaning machines, the pump pressure is rated in psi (pounds per square inch). For professional results, look for a machine with minimum 130psi pump pressure. A mid range pump 220-400psi will enable faster cleaning, with fewer wand passes needed and less operator effort required. 600-800psi pumps allow you to power clean hard floors as well as carpets. These pumps are also the most durable pumps and handle longer hose runs better.
Which vacuum system?
The vacuum system pulls the cleaning solution and dirt out of the carpet. The more powerful the vacuum system, the more efficiently you can clean, the faster the carpet will dry, and the longer hoses you can run from the machine. The standard vacuum system used on many professional carpet cleaning machines is 2 x 3-stage vacuum motors. 2 x 3-stage vacuum motors is what we recommend as a minimum for professional results. The Airflex Storm machine uses 6.6 vac motors, which give you approximately double the vacuum power, meaning faster cleaning, faster drying times and the ability to run long hoses direct from the van.
Water tank size?
The solution tank is where the cleaning solution goes. The waste water is where the dirty waste water is collected. A solution tank around 50 litres is a good size and will allow you to clean large areas without having to stop and re-fill/empty the tanks very often. If you prefer a smaller machine, take a look at the Airflex Mini, which is much smaller than professional carpet cleaning machines normally are and has a 22 litre solution tank.
Although not essential, a water heater will help you to clean more efficiently, especially when cleaning greasy or heavily soiled carpets. There are two types of heater found in professional carpet cleaning machines:
1. Immersion heaters
An immersion heater heats the water in the carpet cleaning machine’s water tank. This takes quite a long time – as long as an hour on some machines! So, with an immersion heater, you have to fill the solution tank up and then wait for the water in the tank to heat up before you can start cleaning with hot water.
2. In-line heaters
An inline heater heats the water as you clean, so you don’t have to wait for the water to heat up before you can start. Just turn the heater on and you get hot water almost straight away. An inline heater is also better for the pump, as the water goes through the pump cold and then passes through the heater afterwards.
Don’t forget, if you don’t have a water heater, you can still put hot water into the machine from the customer’s tap. You can always add a heater later. For more info on heaters click here
Recommended professional carpet cleaning machines
Entry level professional carpet cleaning machines:
For professional results, the minimum spec we recommend is at least 130psi water pump pressure and 2 x 3-stage vacuum motors. Expect to pay around £1500 to £2000 + VAT for entry level professional carpet cleaning machines. Check out the Airflex Pro or the Airflex Mini and select the 130 or 220psi pump options.
Mid range professional carpet cleaning machines (2 x 3-stage vac motors, 300-800psi pump) clean carpets faster and with less effort. The 600 to 800psi machines can also be used to power-clean hard floors. Expect to pay around £2000 – £2500 + VAT for mid-range professional carpet cleaning machines. Check out the Airflex Pro with 400psi to 800psi pump option.
Top-of-the-range professional carpet cleaning machines (e.g. Airflex Storm), clean much faster, with faster drying and can also run long hoses direct from the van, with auto-fill, remote control and auto-empty available. Expect to pay around £2750 to £4500 + VAT for top-of-the-range portable carpet cleaning machines.
Free 1 day training course
There’s a free one day training course included with all our professional carpet cleaning machines over £1000.
Browse our range and you will find lots of info on our range of machines. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We also supply complete starter packages, which will give you a good idea of some of the other things you may need as well as the professional carpet cleaning machine itself.
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