Does it really matter whether a company uses a truck-mounted or a portable carpet cleaning machine when they come to clean your carpet or upholstery? The answer is a little more complex than you might have guessed.

Truck-mounted carpet cleaning machines are the most powerful extraction machines on the market: they have higher water temperatures and higher PSI that allows the steam and cleaning solution to penetrate deeper into your carpets. They also have the greatest suction power which will allow less water and residue to be left in your carpets at the end of a job. These are the simple facts, despite the fact that there are many very powerful portable machines out there.

What does the power of a truck-mounted machine mean for you? It means that the technician working on your carpets will not repeatedly “go over” trouble spots and traffic stains nearly as many times to make them clean if he is using a truck-mounted machine. This is because a high-temperature solution penetrates all the way through the carpet and is then virtually entirely removed by superior suction. This translates into less time to have the job performed, faster drying times, and possibly less residue left over in your carpets. Additionally, there is less risk of damage and/or additional wear to your carpets from the actual cleaning process from repetitive cleaning strokes.

What all this information doesn’t mean is that you cannot have a good and effective carpet or upholstery cleaning service done with a portable machine – it will just take a little longer on the front and back ends. While truck-mounted units are the best, because of limitations placed on them by high-rise building, etc., there are also effective portable machines for these reasons. If you do live in a high rise or above the third floor, you will have little choice in the matter, as truck mounted units cannot typically reach above the third floor in a standard apartment complex, and even if they could, the long distance of the hoses starts to reduce their effectiveness, i.e. suction and water pressure from distances greater than 150 feet.

The most important thing to look for when making your selection of a carpet cleaning company in Atlanta is that the company you choose is one that works with both kinds of equipment and will discuss your specific needs to determine the best course of action. If you need your entire home of carpets cleaned, you will want to find a company who can accommodate the request of a truck-mounted unit. If, however, all you need to have done is a small area of carpet and a sofa for example, a portable unit will be perfectly fine if a truck-mounted unit is unavailable. We hope this helps clear up confusion on truck mount vs. portable carpet cleaning machines when choosing your carpet cleaning company.

Mr. Steam Atlanta carpet cleaning use both portable and truck mounted units to address the specific needs of each and every customer in the metro Atlanta area.