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Monday's Ask the Experts: Portable extractors

March 12, 2012

Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am considering purchasing a portable extractor. I would like to know which is more important, heat or waterlift?

The 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 ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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