Industrial Carpet Cleaning Machines

Industrial carpet cleaning machines come in many different shapes, forms, and sizes, and there are a horde of different technologies to choose between. The question on many a business owner’s mind, then, is “how do I choose an industrial carpet cleaning machine to suit my business’ needs?” – a very sensible question indeed, because you certainly shouldn’t run out and overspend on the wrong product, or fall for the temptation of buying a cheaper product which may not be able to fulfil your requirements.

Different Methods, Different Machines

There are several methods of industrial carpet cleaning, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and each with their own shiny machine. Choosing between them isn’t easy, especially if you’re not clued up on carpet cleaning – which, understandably, most people are not. So the best place to start is probably by taking a look at the most popular and widespread methods of industrial carpet cleaning:

  • Encapsulation is a new relatively newly developed method of carpet cleaning, but it is very popular indeed and considered by many to be the best option available today. It uses polymers which crystalize (or encapsulate) dirt and turns it into dry residue, which can easily be vacuumed up. The advantage of this is that it does not require you to leave your carpet to dry for hours after cleaning it, and it is quick to apply. The machine required for this is called a Rotary Machine, which is similar to a floor buffer or bonnet machine. While there are cheaper machines, encapsulation cleaning quickly pays for itself through reducing waiting times.
  • Shampoo cleaning was the most popular method of the 20th century, but new technology developments have given it stiff competition. This method consists of applying a shampoo solution using a slightly different rotary machine, followed by wet vacuuming, and finally leaving the carpet to dry. Due to shampoo residue being left in the carpet this method often requires regular vacuuming to be performed on the carpet a day or two after the shampoo clean. The advantages of this machine is that there are now cheap, smaller machines available which could be ideal for small office use – but beware of drying times!
  • Dry cleaning involves the use of highly specialised machines that are used to apply VLM (very low moisture) compounds and application cleaning solutions into the market. This method also has significantly lower drying time than shampoo cleaning, and may be more economically viable than encapsulation for small/medium-sized businesses.

Getting a Good Deal

Whichever method you opt for, and hopefully the above has helped you make an informed choice, do make sure that you are getting the best deal possible. As always, the Internet is a good source for pricing information and will often help you find the cheapest deal possible – but don’t stop there. Once you have an idea of the online cost of your machine, approach local dealers and ask for quotes. Generally speaking you will have to pay more when buying your equipment locally, but armed with price comparisons you may be able to negotiate for training to be included free in the deal if you choose them over an online competitor, making it worthwhile paying that bit extra.