When your carpets need to be cleaned beyond what a vacuum can do, it’s time for a hot water extraction. When looking for a carpet cleaning company, make sure to ask if they use truck mounted units. That is the first and most important question you should ask. A truck mounted unit is essentially what it sounds like, it is a large cleaning unit mounted in a vehicle. The unit contains a combustion engine that heats and provides the pressure for the water used in the cleaning process. There is also an industrial strength vacuum unit that is part of the unit. This very strong vacuum provides extreme vacuum pressure to help suck up as much dirt, grime and water as possible. Part of the unit includes a large dirty tank. The dirty tank allows us to store the dirty, smelly water on our vehicle so that we can take it for disposal elsewhere. These units are top of the line, industrial grade pieces of machinery that will help any carpet cleaning technician provide you with the best service possible.
The other type of cleaning unit that would be used would be a portable unit. While in principle the portable unit provides the same type of cleaning, in reality the effectiveness is not even comparable. A portable unit is practically the same as a rug doctor that you can rent in a grocery store. Much lower pressures, lower heat and a weaker vacuum make it a much less effective cleaning tool. Make sure you hire a company that only uses truck mounted units, when applicable!