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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.

  • Safety & Your Truckmounted Carpet Cleaning Equipment

    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.

    Vehicle Fitout

    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.

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    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:

    5 Great Reasons to Start your Carpet Cleaning Business with Powerclean products:

    1. Professional products that produce quality results every time
    2. Versatile equipment that cleans carpet & upholstery & upgrade option for tile cleaning
    3. Easy to operate – reducing operator fatigue
    4. Low capital investment – quick return on investment
    5. Fast set up/pack up times leaves more time for other jobs.
    Start up Carpet Cleaning Portable Package Start up Carpet Cleaning Portable Package

    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.

  • Sapphire Scientific Truckmounts & their competitive edge Heat Exchanger


    Those who own and operate a Sapphire Scientific truckmount will already swear by the competitive edge the “fin tubing” heat exchanger makes!   Why?  It both captures and dissipates heat far more efficiently than other truckmount heat exchangers.

    Sapphire Scientific revolutionary heat exchanger

    Some of the differences Sapphire Scientific Truckmount owners benefit from:

    Superior Performance.  Coils don’t clog even when water or foam is pumped into the heat exchanger system.  Compare the truckmount heat exchangers above – note the build up of dirt and grime on the competitor’s heat exchanger.  Build up which causes reduced airflow or ‘back pressure’. 

    Heat generated from the Sapphire Scientific heat exchanger actually increases the water temperature by several degrees over and above that of traditional heat exchangers, raising cleaning effectiveness.

    Reliability that you can depend on, Sapphire Scientific heat exchangers produce consistent heat – every time!

    Extended truckmount life due to precision engineering and superior design.

    To find out more information on the Sapphire Scientific truckmounted carpet cleaning machines ring on our our expert team on 1300 276 937

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