Commercial Steam Cleaner

There is no denying that investment in a commercial steam cleaner should require some investigation and careful decision making. You want to make sure you are getting the best steam cleaner for the best price, but you also want to know the difference between the variety of different steam and vapor steam cleaners out there.

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How are you going to find this information? Well, I don’t suppose it would be any different from the same steps you take when buying any other expensive piece of equipment, a new car, or hiring a contractor. You are going to go online and do a search for commercial steam cleaners or best vapor steam cleaners. You are going to ask your business acquaintances, friends, colleagues, and family members.

You might read some trade magazines for reviews or ask people who work in the cleaning industry. And, of course, you are going to check out the industrial steam cleaner website and sales materials, and take some time to speak with their sales rep or account manager.

In the steam cleaning business, one of the complaints that seems common is how the sales rep or demo model can get out stains or leave this awesome clean finish that never works once you actually buy the commercial steam cleaner. The reality is that there was not switch out involved. You got the model as demonstrated and promised. The thing many miss out on, however, is the proper technique when it comes to using some the best industrial steam cleaners out there. While point and pull might seem to be all there is, there are a few basic techniques you or whomever is using the industrial steam cleaner should be aware of.

Vapor Steam Cleaners

One of the first things you need to have a look at when assessing the capabilities of your steam cleaner is what type of steam cleaner it is. There seems to be a lot of confusion about this term these days. A lot of people head down to their local Wal-Mart, Sears, or Target and pick up what they call a steam cleaner. These residential steam cleaners do not really create steam. They use plastic reservoirs to hold the water.

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Even those that have a heating system in them do not heat it to the high temperatures of a commercial steam cleaner model, which often exceeds 200 degrees. So, at best, with a residential steam cleaner, what you are getting is slightly warmer than top water, but not hot enough to produce true steam. Even the slightly increased warmth does help to break down dirt and oils and assist with activating any chemical detergents, but these only do so much. In the industry, we tend to call these carpet cleaners, because they are not true steam cleaners.

Commercial steam cleaners are also often referred to as vapor steam cleaners. The reason for this is because they have metal reservoirs that allow the heat and pressure to build up unlike the plastic reservoirs of residential steam cleaners. This means that they put out steady streams of steam rather than pour water onto the floor and into upholstery. That water, if not suctioned up properly, gets into the padding, into wood, and everything else leading toward rot and mold. The sad part is, this happens more often than we would like. Some is due to poor design. Other times it is due to poor maintenance and improper use of the steam cleaners.

With the vapor steam cleaners for industrial use, the same problems do not exist. With a vapor steam cleaner, you do not have to suck up dirty water and chemicals that were put onto the floor in most cases. If there is some, it is minimal and typically dries on its own quite quickly. There are commercial vapor cleaners, however, that do have a suction module and tank for soiled water.

Industrial Steam Cleaners

Industrial steam cleaners are used in a variety of environments. We see them used in offices, factories, warehouses, and more. They can be used to clean cars, walls, floors, machines, carpet, furniture, and more. Businesses use commercial steam cleaners to clean a wide variety of things. Often, however, they spend more and more money hiring a cleaning specialty team to come in and handle the duties.

industrial cleanerWith an upfront investment and giving someone just a little bit of time to work out their learning curve, these companies can save money and have a clean and healthy environment for the employees, customers, vendors, and other visitors. These systems output a dry steam, which may seem like an odd name, but it is called dry because there is only between 5% and 10% water in the steam. It pretty much evaporates as soon as it is used.

The pressure within the broiler tends to get up to between 50 and 75 PSI, so the risk here is minimal. But, that PSI helps knock off the dirt and grime that is loosened by the steam. If you are using an attachment such as a terry cloth bonnet, this will collect most of the debris. If you are working with just a nozzle, this will run down, so you are going to need to make sure you start this method appropriately. This is where a number of people get confused when it comes to using a commercial steam cleaner.

Let’s take a wall for example. Start over in the corner, so you can minimize the effect of backsplash. You are going to start right in the corner and at the top. If you start lower down, you are going to need to keep going over the same areas. That first corner area is going to be a little tricky, because there is almost always going to be a little backsplash, so you have to work both sides of the corner maybe three or four times, but always from top to bottom. You can then spread out from there, keeping the top to bottom method. Make steady medium stroke. Too short and you are wasting energy. When you go too long, you are moving too quickly and not effectively getting the target area. Keep spread out, moving from top to bottom, and you will need to experiment a little to find the right pattern for you, but once you have it you will understand the value of the commercial steam cleaner to you and your business.