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carpet cleaning truckmount: The Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts
In the world of professional cleaning systems the Sapphire Scientific carpet cleaning truckmount is the preferred choice of business owners. A truckmount carpet cleaning unit is just what it sounds like. Instead of having a small electric unit that the operator takes out of the truck and into the job venue with him, the operator has a total cleaning plant inside his truck or work van. From the van a hose takes the hot water and cleaning solution into the building for the operator to use while at the same time suctioning away the waste water. These truckmounts are generally self-powered and work off of a water source at the job site – usually an outdoor water tap.
The Sapphire Scientific carpet cleaning truckmount gives a wide range of versatility and power. Because the truckmount unit allows for this level of flexibility the operator is able to spend less time on the job site while still getting the cleaning done to a high level of customer satisfaction.
Truckmount units have been in use for decades and have proven to be reliable and effective at getting a superior cleaning job done without sacrificing time wasted in going over the surface to be cleaned time and time again.
The Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts are superior in their power.
There really is not a contest in power when it comes to a matchup between a truckmount system and the portable carpet cleaning machines. The truckmount systems are generally powered by petrol engines although there are some models that step up the power by making use of diesel engines. These engines deliver anywhere between eighteen and sixty-eight horsepower. The engines that put out the higher ranges of horsepower are used to clean many types of surfaces.
· Power makes a difference when it comes to water pressure.
The Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts outshine the competition in this area. While other truck mounted units produce a water pressure that rates somewhere between 800 and 1000 psi, the Sapphire Scientific line has the ability to produce between 1,200 to 3,000 psi. This means that by using the Sapphire Scientific carpet cleaning truckmount the operator has all of the pressure that he needs for any job required of him.
· Power makes a difference in the area of suction.
The makers of the Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts undertand that it is not enough to get the water to the surface being cleaned, but that the water also must be suctioned away taking the dirt and grime with it. In order to give the operators of their truckmount the best advantage in suction, the manufacturers of the Sapphire Scientific have equipped their units with vacuum blowers that that have a capacity that ranges from 270 CFM in the smaller units up to 850 CFM in the larger units. Because the water is more thoroughly vacuumed out of the surface to be cleaned, both job time and drying time is effectively and substantially reduced.
· Power produces heat.
More power produces more heat. The Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts has the ability to not only produce the heat that is vital to an effective and efficient cleaning, but they also are equipped with a heat exchange system that makes the units themselves more efficient. In this system, fresh water runs through the heat exchanger and draws heat from the waste water as it is expelled. This means that that the temperature of the water going out of the unit to the operator can be maintained at a steady and predictable level of heat.
The Sapphire Scientific line of carpet cleaning truckmounts are superior in their versatility.
Every business owner wants to expand their opportunity to make more money with the investments that they make in equipment. The Sapphire Scientific carpet cleaning truckmount systems will allow the business owner to do just that. The Sapphire Scientific’s powerful design allows it to be extremely versatile. This versatility is achieved through the use of different cleaning heads attached to the machine by means of the water hoses. These varied cleaning heads allow the operator to effectively clean surfaces that he wasn’t capable of cleaning before with a standard portable commercial carpet cleaner. Some of the new surface cleaning (and therefore money making) opportunities that open up to the owner of one of the higher end Sapphire Scientific units are:
· Tile and Grout
The tile and grout cleaning head for the carpet cleaning truckmount units opens up an income stream that was before unavailable to the carpet cleaning professional. The tile and grout head allows the operator to thoroughly clean everything from a tile floor to a tub and shower surround.
· Roof and Gutters
Without the exceptional power of a Sapphire Scientific unit, the idea of a carpet cleaning company also having the ability to clean roofs and gutters would have been laughable. However, it is now a viable reality and opens up a door of opportunity for the business owner. The cleaning of roofs and gutters is now made possible by the power of the Sapphire Scientific carpet cleaning truckmount. A roof and gutter cleaning wand allows the operator to clean the gutters of a one story house while standing on the ground.
· Pressure Washing
Here again is an area where the carpet cleaning truckmount’s power stands head and shoulders above a portable commercial carpet cleaner. With a pressure washing wand attachment the unit is capable of power washing practically anything from a car to a whole house.
· Concrete Cleaning
Utilizing the concrete cleaning attachment head, the Sapphire Scientific’s carpet cleaning truckmount allows the business owner to branch out into cleaning concrete and stone patios, walkways, driveways, and pool decks. The advantage of this system is both the thorough clean that the truckmount unit allows the operator to affect and the extraction of the dirt and grime that is pulled away by the powerful vacuum blowers. This leaves the surface clean and free from debris and particles.
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
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
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
1. You Will Learn How to Handle Various Types of Carpet
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.
Recently we have been reminded of how important it is to ensure that any truckmounted carpet cleaning equipment is chosen with safety in mind and then installed correctly into your vehicle. You and your workers safety are paramount!
2 of the most important factors that determine this are:
The GVM (Gross vehicle Mass) of your vehicle must be considered when determining the model of Sapphire Scientific truckmount purchased. Be aware of the total weight of the console, waste tank, hoses, APO and then consider what else you normally carry in your van.
The weight of truckmounted carpet cleaning machines ranging from 696 kgs to 1220 kgs with full waste tanks means that correct installation is essential. Not only will this assist with ease of maintenance but should your vehicle be involved in an accident you can be confident that the machine is secured to the highest possible standard.
We also recommend the following:
- A cargo barrier be installed
- All loose equipment should be tied and secured with anchor points bolted not screwed.
At Power Clean we are thinking about your safety. We are happy to say that no corners are cut in order to give you a cheaper install. We obviously don’t want our installs to be ‘crash tested’ but this recent accident shows that even under extreme conditions the truckmount (and even the chemical shelf!) remained secured in the installed position.
We are very happy to report that the customer walked away unharmed and was back in business with the truckmount repaired and mounted in a new van within the month!
Whether buying second hand hand carpet cleaning equipment or new, the No 1 rule in any purchase should be:
You want to make sure the equipment you purchase is good quality and that should a breakdown occur spare parts are readily available.
If the decision is made to purchase used carpet cleaning equipment, the following checklist will assist with your purchasing and help protect your investment.
A visual inspection of the equipment often gives clues as to how well the carpet cleaning machine has been maintained. Make sure the machine is clean internally as well as externally.
Check all filters, pump and waste tank.
Run the carpet cleaning machine through all operating functions. Check auto fill and auto pump out. Ideally use the machine on a small job.
While in operation, check for noises from the vacuum motors as these regularly suck in foam which caused damage.
If the machine has tile and grout cleaning capabilities, test with the tile spinner that you will be using. If the tile spinner is also second hand, check the jets. Jets can be maintained but still need to be replaced on a regular basis. Brass every 6 months, stainless steel every 12 months.
Check whether the carpet cleaning machine has been regularly serviced by a professional repair company. If so, it is well worth a phone call to them to check on the machine.
Obviously buying a second hand carpet cleaning machine does not mean you have the 12 month Manufacturer’s warranty and the comfort of knowing that there are no ‘hidden’ surprises but there are advantages. If the machine is a good quality brand, has Australian customer support, including fully stocked spare parts and has been well maintained the cost saving is well worth it.
If you are interested in second hand equipment, check out our website or give us a call on 1300 276 937 for a comprehensive list of what is currently available.
5 Great Reasons to Start your Carpet Cleaning Business with Powerclean products:
- Professional products that produce quality results every time
- Versatile equipment that cleans carpet & upholstery & upgrade option for tile cleaning
- Easy to operate – reducing operator fatigue
- Low capital investment – quick return on investment
- Fast set up/pack up times leaves more time for other jobs.
When starting a carpet cleaning business we want you to feel confident that you are starting with the best possible carpet cleaning equipment, the best backup and support and the best advice. Our start-up packages offer you everything that you need to get started. The Number One reason however that customers choose Power Clean is our outstanding customer service. Our expert & friendly staff are here to help and we offer a 24 hour technical support hotline – 1300276937! Give us a call to see how we can get your business in carpet cleaning started.