Carpet cleaning machines can be pretty frustrating when they break down.
Ever had the situation where you've been on site and the machine stops working?
Here's 5 quick tips to keep your machine up and running for longer.
1 Always use defoamer
Defoamer should be a standard item with your carpet cleaning kit, and make sure you use it every time you use the machine. We recommend you dilute it into a bucket before you start your clean with water, then suck it up with your vacuum hose (this will make sure that the inside of the hose will have a coating of defoamer.
Remember that defoamer is a very small price to pay, when you consider it could save you replacing a vacuum motor!
2 Always flush the machine through after use
Simple, but often overlooked, always always rinse the machine out after use - empty the solution tank first, then pour a bucket-load of warm water into the solution tank and leave it until its emptied.
This will clean through any chemical that's still in the tank and jets and could cause a blockage.
TIP: Use your velcro wand straps to hold the trigger of your wand down to empty the tank.
3 Never store your machine outside or in the van overnight when it's cold
When the weather changes overnight and you get a front, guess what - your machine will freeze up too!
Never leave the machine in the van - we've seen whole solution tanks frozen, pumps damaged and most commonly, brass connectors cracked...you have been warned!
4 Check your brass connectors regularly
Check the valves and connectors on your machine regularly - they do wear over time, and it's a good idea to get them swopped over before they start causing annoying leaks on your freshly-cleaned carpets!
5 Get your machine regularly serviced
It goes without saying that your machine needs to be regularly serviced to keep it tip-top. If you are using your machine constantly, get your machine serviced 1-2 times a year as a minimum, if you are using it occasionally once a year should be fine.
When you get your machine serviced, make sure the workshop check the following points: