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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question

I am considering purchasing a portable extractor. I would like to know which is more important, heat or waterlift?


Answer

Answer:
Elevated heat enhances soil removal. Higher waterlift improves recovery rates, which reduces drying times. Each is a different part of the cleaning formula. Heat is critical in cleaning food service areas and carpet with heavy grease. Rarely will a self-contained extractor possess heat capabilities, so aggressive brush agitation compensates for lower water temperatures.
Higher temperatures tend to melt grease and reduce cleaning times (less agitation and fewer passes). Increased waterlift extracts more moisture, leaving the carpet drier in a shorter period of time. Faster drying times can reduce wicking and browning.
Equipment selection may vary with the carpet cleaning needs you experience.It is not uncommon for a carpet cleaning service to have several different types of extractors to use for specific demands. Some extractors can provide extra heat with 150 inches of waterlift (normally with 2 vacs) which is the best of both worlds.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com