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6 Steps to Choosing Good Carpet Cleaning Equipment

When starting a commercial carpet cleaning business, you
need to know the type of equipment you should be acquiring right from the start.
Yes, you can wing it and learn from your mistakes but times are hard and it’s a
really competitive world out there. Why waste time and money when you can get
it right the first time? This is why we wrote this guide to help you choose the
best equipment for your business.

How to Choose Carpet Cleaning Equipment

1. What Cleaning Services Do You Plan To Offer?

Would you like to include hard surface cleaning, rug and
upholstery cleaning to the list of services you plan to offer to your potential

If you are going to focus on cleaning hard surfaces, you
need to find out how hard surface floor cleaning systems work. In essence, a
hard surface floor cleaning system is a carpet exterior attachment, making it a
dual surface cleaner. Hard surfaces are essentially pressure cleaned so you
need to choose a machine that can generate a powerful blast of water. Water pressure,
in this case is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). So when choosing your
cleaning equipment, you should at least choose one with 800PSI although an
extractor that can generate 1200PSI will be most ideal.

If you prefer to focus on carpet cleaning only, machines
with 200+ PSI will be fine. The reason why you should avoid carpet cleaning
equipment with a low PSI is because it will slow you down. You will clean and
rinse at a much slower rate.

For upholstery, you need to be careful about the PSI. The
last thing you want is to ruin delicate fabric by using a machine with a high

2. Which Vehicle Do You Plan To Buy?

You need to buy a van that can fit as much carpet cleaning
equipment as possible. Most machines, like our Floormaster Portable Extractor,
can easily fit into a smaller van. But if you plan to carry other accessories
like drying equipment including air movers and dehumidifiers, scrubbers and sweepers and cleaning solutions such as air conditioning cleaning equipment, you’ll
need a larger van. It might be a bit expensive at first but since you are
working towards acquiring a more stable client base (at least that’s what we
hope you want), you won’t have to worry about setting aside a chunk of cash to
buy another van. Besides, wouldn’t it cost you more money and waste a lot of
time making several trips just to get all your equipment to your working

3. Maneuverability

At one point, you’ll get clients who need areas with lots of
stairs and no elevator access to be cleaned. In such a situation, you will need
to equip yourself with a lightweight machine that can be easily lifted or a
high PSI machine that can run a longer hose.

4. High Heat and Airflow

High heat is important for jobs where there is no heat such
as at the end of a tenancy. In this case, you need a machine with in-line heat.
Not only will this reduce set up time but you will also get better results when
cleaning because the machine produces almost instant heat.

As for airflow, you need to choose a machine with twin or
triple vacuums. Airflow is created from the suction of the vacuum motors. The greater
the airflow, the more hoses you’ll be able to run and the faster the carpets
will dry.

5. Easy to Clean Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Considering you’ll be using your equipment 5 days a week for
the next 5 to 10 years, you’ll want to be able to maintain its appearance. Your
customers will judge you by how you look and by how your equipment looks so
make sure it looks presentable.

6. Budget for your Carpet Cleaning Business

Most people put money first when considering what type of
carpet cleaning equipment to buy but we put this last because of one simple

If it has all the qualities that make it efficient and
durable, then you can make your money work. We are not suggesting that you go
above your budget but there are other options to consider that will help you
acquire the equipment you need.

For instance, some startups consider leasing to finance
their carpet cleaning equipment. This way, their money is not tied up in equipment and they can use it to expand other areas of their business such as training and marketing. And
with leasing, you can always discuss a payment plan where at the end of the
lease period, you acquire full ownership of the equipment. The greatest
advantage of all is that, you get to acquire new and advanced equipment without
breaking the bank.

If leasing doesn’t sound like an option, you can always opt
to purchase second hand equipment. The reason why most people hesitate to buy
second hand equipment is because they imagine it’s equipment that has been
misused and is dilapidated. This is not usually the case because you can get
carpet cleaning equipment that’s been used for 10+ years and still performs as
good as brand new equipment. It all comes down to how well the equipment was
maintained during the time it was in service.

One Last Thing

It’s always a good idea to get you and your staff trained on
how to use the carpet cleaning machines before acquiring them. We emphasize
this because:

1. You Will Learn How to Handle Various Types of Carpet
Cleaning Equipment

At the end of your training, you’ll be an expert at handling
various equipment like carpet extractors, vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners.
You’ll also learn how to:

  • Achieve full potential from your carpet cleaning equipment
  • How to prepare it for work
  • How to keep it in tip-top operating condition

2. Training helps you secure specific skills fit for your

You need to know how to remove different types of stains on
different types of carpet material and the right method to use. You can only
make these decisions if you are equipped with the right skill set.

3. You Will Increase productivity

You tend to work much faster when you know what you are supposed
to do as opposed to poking around, looking for what works and what doesn’t.
Moreover, you will get the job done to your clients’ satisfaction.