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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Truckmount vs. portable

March 08, 2011
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: What advantages are there to cleaning carpet with a truckmount verses a portable self contained extractor? Is there any recognized ISSA standard productivity rating for truckmounts? If so where can I go for the info?
The answer:
Anyone following proper procedures can do an outstanding job of carpet cleaning with either a portable extractor or a truckmount. The main differences are in power, heat, capacity and time. Many portables will offer spray pressures up to 400 psi, which is fine for carpet cleaning, and some will heat the water. Some provide good airflow by using two vacuums as well.
The truckmount will, however ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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