Portable Carpet Cleaning
As the name suggests, a portable carpet cleaning machine, in commercial form is a larger and more powerful machine that is taken into the cleaning space whether a high rise office, 4th floor or greater residence, mid-rise residence or any residence where there is elevator only access to your home or unit. A portable machine is akin to a rug doctor, again most commercial portable steam extractors are more powerful than the rug doctors that you can rent, some are not. A portable carpet cleaning machine gets its power from an electrical outlet. Again, they have water, suction and sometimes internal heaters to heat the water; however the machines are limited by the amperage that can be pulled from 110 volt power. Most machines sacrifice internal heat and use that amperage for suction power. Portable machines heat is generated by the heat that the hot water source has, usually a sink or bathtub. Portable carpet cleaning will take longer to complete the job and typically more detergents are used, to compensate for the lack of heat to clean effectively.
The portable has advantages in that it is a self-contained unit and can go to the 33rd floor in the DFW Metroplex where are truck mount cannot reach. Typically, any location that is 4th floor or greater or has internal inside entry will require the services of a portable carpet extractor. Three floors or less with outside entrances can usually be done with a truck mounted steam cleaner.