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ICAN/ATEX: What is more important, heat or waterlift?

July 12, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Friday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I am considering purchasing a portable extractor.

I would like to know which is more important, heat or waterlift?

Friday’s Answer:

Elevated heat enhances soil removal.

Higher waterlift improves recovery rates, which reduces drying times.

Each is a different part of the cleaning formula. Heat is critical in cleaning food service areas and carpet with heavy grease.

Rarely will a self-contained extractor possess heat capabilities, so aggressive brush agitation compensates for lower water temperatures.

Higher temperatures tend to melt grease and reduce cleaning times (less agitation and fewer passes). Increased waterlift extracts  ... Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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