Useful Tips to Buy Hard Floor Cleaners

Author:Lauren Zwiebel

A variety of hard floor cleaners is available on the market. The large number of products for hard surface cleaning often confuses potential buyers, especially those who are new to the cleaning industry. The confusion is partly created by the marketing spin of sellers. If you search the internet, you can find a number of websites that sell floor cleaning equipment. The information available on some of these websites is incomplete and often contradictory to other information. It is no wonder then that people do not have a clear-cut idea about the kind of machine they need for cleaning hard surfaces.

Amidst the avalanche of contrasting information about hard floor cleaners, the truth remains extremely simple. There are mainly two types of cleaning machines suitable for cleaning hard surfaces: pressure washers and steam cleaners. Other cleaning machines that are designed for cleaning soft surfaces have real disadvantages when used for cleaning hard surfaces. The following are some tips for buying pressure washers and steam cleaners for hard surface cleaning.

Pressure Washers

Pressure washers are the ultimate hard floor cleaners. These machines have minimal drawbacks when it comes to hard surface cleaning. The harder the surface, the better it is for these machines. However, drawbacks occur when pressure levels are too high for the surface at hand, and when water flow is too high for the drainage facilities present. Therefore, selecting the right specifications for your pressure washing application is essential. One must check the following features when buying a pressure washer for hard surface cleaning: output pressure, temperature, and flow rate.

Output Pressure

High pressure hard floor cleaners should have high cleaning power. Cleaning power is directly proportional to the output pressure level of the machine. So, a good pressure washer for hard surface cleaning should have high output pressure. The pressure level can range up to 8000 psi, depending on the model. However, when paired with high steam temperatures, pressure levels max out at 4000 psi.

Output Temperature

Flexibility is a key consideration while checking the output temperature of a floor cleaning machine. Low temperature is suited for some surfaces, while high temperature is required for the heavy degreasing of other surfaces. Therefore, it is better to opt for machines equipped with tri-mode technology. Such machines can provide three kinds of output: cold water, hot water, and steam.

Flow Rate

The general rule about flow rate while buying a floor cleaner machine is this: For indoor cleaning, flow rate should be low considering that drainage facilities may be limited, while for outdoor cleaning, the flow rate does not often need to be restricted.

Pressure washers, however, may not always be the ideal machine for the hard surface cleaning task at hand. While extremely efficient in degreasing industrial flooring, their high pressure levels, high temperatures, and high flow rates may be too powerful for certain applications. For this reason, commercial users often opt for steam cleaners for chewing gum removal from floors and other floor cleaning tasks.

Steam Cleaners

The difference between steam cleaners and pressure washers is in their mode of functioning. Pressure washers use output pressure for cleaning, while steam cleaners make use of output temperature for cleaning. The output temperature of steam cleaners can range up to 386°F. The high temperature output can melt dirt and stains from hard surfaces. Specially made steam cleaners are available for hard surface cleaning, such as a floor scrubber and tile and grout cleaner.

The advantage of the steam floor scrubber and tile and grout cleaner is that these machines have special features, such as attached vacuum and special wands, for cleaning hard surfaces. Simply put, today\'s most advanced steam cleaners can dissolve residues on floors while extracting the grime for complete removal.

Additional technologies are also available to add ease to many floor cleaning tasks, like chewing gum removal and sanitizing. Steam cleaners do not have the high output pressure of pressure washers, but they are excellent floor cleaning equipment, particularly for cleaning the insides the buildings. Contact a reputable supplier today to find out your options when it comes to purchasing steam cleaners and pressure washers.

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Daimer Industries is a leading supplier of floor steam cleaner machines. Daimer provides a complete range of portable steam cleaner machines including tile and grout cleaner, floor scrubber and many more.

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