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Truck Mount Cleaning Verses Portable Machines

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As winter is here, the temperatures outside are frigged. Companies with truck mounts either have to bring their hoses in through your door or window. From letting all your heat out or your cat or dog possibly sneaking out, who wants to keep a door or window open? With a portable, once we're in, we're in!

b2ap3_thumbnail_CRI_Seal_of_Approval_Program.pngOkay, isn't a truck mount more powerful? Not with today's portable machines. My machine I run has earned an award from The Carpet and Rug Institute. It has dual vacuums to improve suction and reduce drying times and I also use the best wand available which has also received that same award. Typical drying times are 4-6 hours and with larger jobs I'm able to run a fan and usually get most of what I cleaned dry before I even leave.

Don't the truck mounts produce super heat? They do, bet so does my machine and it's actually hotter than a truck mounts. Heat plays a big role in cleaning. Every 18 degrees of water temperature doubles the efficiency of the detergent up to about 180 degrees. It also helps relax the fibers and melt and greasy soiling that may be on the fiber.

With a truck mount the water is heated by the engine of the tuck, then pumped through hundreds of feet of hose. By the time it actually hits the carpet it has lost lots of it's heat. Especially in the winter when they are running there hose through the snow. With my portable, it's heated at the machine and only run through either 25 or 50 feet of hose. So I am actually hitting the fibers with a higher degree of temperature. I also have an ajustment on my machine to adjust the temperature I'm running. As not all fibers should be cleaned with maximum heat, like wool for instance.

The huge benefit of running a portable is control! I can constantly make adjustments to my temperature and detergents. I can easily clean one room (say it's a synthetic carpet) using one type of detergent, and within a flash, change my temperature and detergent to clean a wool carpet that is in the next room.

So no need to be afraid to get your carpets cleaned in the winter months, whether it be afraid of leaving the doors open, or settling for a lesser quality job by thinking portables aren't as good!

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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