TRUCK MOUNT STEAM UNIT VS. PORTABLE UNITS
A truck-mounted unit cleans much better than a portable unit for three reasons: It heats the water to a higher temperature. For every 18 degree increase in the temperature above 118 degrees F, you double the water’s cleaning ability. So if the water temperature is 136 degrees F, it will clean twice as well as water that is 118 degrees F. 154 degrees water will clean four times as well as 118 degree water. And so on, until you reach a water temperature of 250 degrees F.
It shoots the water cleaning solution into your carpet at higher pressures, which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and pollens. 300 to 400 pounds per square inch is the optimum pressure for truck-mounted hot water extraction.
The machine uses a stronger suction to draw the dirt, chemicals, bacteria, pollens, and tobacco smoke residue out of your carpet.
Not surprisingly, having your carpet thoroughly cleaned with truck-mounted hot water extraction costs more than renting a shampooer at the corner grocery store.
MISTAKES TO AVOID When Choosing A Carpet Cleaner
MISTAKE #1: Choosing a carpet cleaner based on low price. Low price could be a problem in three ways:
- Low price (between $3.95 and $9.95 per room) could be the bait that attracts your phone call. But once the cleaner gets into your home, he pressures you into a much more expensive job.
- Low price can be for single-process cleaning. rarely does the consumer know what this means and, when told, asks for dual-process cleaning instead, which costs much more.
- Low price means the carpet cleaner has cheap equipment, which will not effectively clean your carpet.
MISTAKE #2: Choosing a carpet cleaner based on a single telephone call. Instead, invite the person to your home and ask for a specific written quotation. Then you’ll know exactly what the carpet cleaner recommends – and you won’t be the victim of high pressure tactics when the technician steps into your living room.
MISTAKE #3: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.
No. I’ve seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that I suggest you NEVER hire the company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are:
- The price may not be for services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet. But, you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens, dust mites, and tobacco residues removed as well.
- The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they say advertised lasted only until the carpet cleaner got into their home. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons. Some carpet cleaners even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics.
MISTAKE #4: Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the phone.
I wish this was true, but it isn’t.
Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning by the room. Instead, carpet cleaning is usually priced by the square foot. So, if you’d like me to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, I need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. To get an accurate measurement, I use a measuring wheel to calculate the exact size of the carpet area.