Applications for car steam cleaners
How To choose right detailing equipment for your car wash business
Car owners are seeing the value, and wanting their vehicles cleaned and detailed on a regular basis. Recycled water from some commercial car washes can have small dirt particles in it. These particles and potential debris in the car wash can scratch and damage the paint surface. Car, truck, van and RV owners want a consistent and effective solution. Commercial steam cleaners are the ideal method for cleaning and sanitizing any vehicle. They safely clean the exterior, remove tough stains from upholstery, remove engine grime, make hard surfaces look like new and sanitize the vehicle.
Steam cleaners are the perfect machine for exterior and interior cleaning and detailing. With the proper attachments, steam cleaners can clean any surface on the vehicle, including glass. Check out the many cleaning capabilities of a steam cleaner for cars.
Exterior Steam Applications
A steam cleaner with the right functionality is the best solution for car washing and detailing. Choosing a steamer that has foaming and detergent capabilities can make all the difference when those situations present themselves. Using a foam cannon to cover the car or truck starts the job out well, and provides the avenue for a clean vehicle. Below is a list of some of the key areas and applications that can be cleaned and sanitized with a car steamer.
Many people just think of the seats and carpeting for interior car cleaning and detailing. Although those areas are key and are high profile, a steam cleaner is perfect for every part of the interior. There are accessories made especially for a car’s interior. Using an extractor to compliment the steamer makes for a great cleaning job and quicker drying time. Sanitization and disinfection are more important than ever. This is even more critical for commercial vehicles. The high temperature of the steam will kill viruses and bacteria that may be present. Check out all you can do and more.
Car detailing is a growing business. Using a car detailing steamer allows you to tackle any job. The right steam cleaner for cars can be used for any vehicle type and any surface on the vehicle. On the exterior of the vehicle, you can clean all areas including the paint coat, glass, tires, bumper and grill. Inside, a car steam cleaner will efficiently and effectively clean the seats, floor mats, ventilation system, the dash and much more. You can shampoo outside and in. Some car steamer systems can be used as extractors for tougher carpet and upholstery cleaning.
A car detailing steam cleaner will also sanitize the surfaces as it cleans. The CDC recommends two temperatures for sterilizing; 250 and 270-degrees Fahrenheit. Selecting a steamer for car cleaning capable of achieving and consistently maintaining these temperatures is key. The Fortador Pro Plus and Pro S produce steam at 248 degrees to 284 degrees Fahrenheit. A remote steam cleaner for cars allows you to go where your customers are, and conveniently complete the work.
Fortador’s line of steamers gives you many choices with meaningful options to choose the right steamer for your needs. You can use the steam cleaner for cars and for residential cleaning. The opportunities and needs are endless. The following information will give you the capabilities and suggestions on which one may best fit your needs. Contact us for a demonstration and to answer any questions.
Check out and review all the steamers available to you. You will find that steam cleaners are the best solution for remote car wash and detailing services. You will be prepared for any cleaning job, and your customers will be happy.
The Fortador Pro Plus is best for high-volume detailing shops and car washes. This diesel-powered car detailing steamer is an all-in-one solution with high capabilities.
Steam pressure is a differentiating factor when considering a car detailing steam cleaner. The right pressure allows you to effectively remove dirt, stains and debris. The Pro Plus steam pressure operates at 235 PSI. This pressure is well-suited for steam cleaning jobs of any variety.
This steam production makes this suited for a high-volume cleaning and sanitizing business. The Pro Plus produces 363 pounds of steam per hour. This steamer comes with three guns: 2xSteam guns and 1xDual Hose gun for shampooing and vacuum extraction.. The high level of steam production allows you to use all three guns simultaneously. This has obvious productivity and work efficiency benefits. The carbon steel boiler is built to last.
Some jobs require a detergent to effectively clean some stains. The Fortador Pro Plus has the ability to deliver two different detergents at the same time. The detergent tanks hold 1.6 gallons of each detergent. The versatility and flexibility of this system has many advantages that you will realize on jobs in the field.
The Pro Plus car steam cleaner comes with an extractor. The extractor is very effective for cleaning seats and upholstery. The extractor provides a penetrating clean and breaks down the proteins in the stains for effective removal. You will also spend considerably less effort in the cleaning process using an extractor. Using an extractor also decreases the drying time so the customer can get back in his or her car and drive sooner.
Shampooing interior car or truck surfaces is often necessary. The Pro Plus has a shampooer that works hand in hand with the extractor. Using a commercial-grade and safe detergent can remove oil stains on floor mats and other tarnishes that have marked up the interior.
For surface preparation and dirt removal, the Pro Plus comes with a wet-dry vacuum. With any car interior steam cleaning job, vacuuming is recommended as the initial step. You will not have to worry about separate pieces of equipment as the Pro Plus has you prepared for a 100% complete job.
Cost of operation is a consideration in purchasing a car detailing steamer. Fuel consumption is the primary focus in this area. The Pro Plus stands out here verses the competition. In one working hour, the Pro Plus uses .15 gallons of fuel to produce the steam you need. The Optima DMF uses .6 gallons of fuel per working hour. These variable cost savings can add up. In an eight-hour shift, the Pro Plus will only use 1.26 gallons of fuel while the Optima DMF will use over 5 gallons, or over four times as much.
The Pro Plus comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen that provides all the operating information to keep productivity high. You can easily monitor water, detergent and diesel fuel levels. The steamer’s key operating measures, such as boiler pressure, burner adjustment, filter cleaning and hour meter are always in sight. Interact with the screen to control your steamer.
Transport the Pro Plus with the cargo slider. The commercial-grade slider easily mounts in your van and is specifically designed for Fortador steamers.
The Fortador Pro S steamer for car detailing is another great choice. This steamer has the same boiler as the Pro Plus. This gives you the highest quality steam pressure and the temperature you need. You will get the three-gun capability (up to 3xSteam guns) and flexibility. You get the same advanced touch screen with the key operating displays that match the Pro Plus. You and your team stay working and in control.
With the Pro line, including the Pro S, your team’s productivity will stay high. The water tank holds approximately 6.5 gallons of water. The diesel tank holds about 4 gallons of fuel. With the high level of fuel efficiency compared to the Optima DMF, you get about 40 working hours without re-fueling. You get the same ability as the Pro Plus to add detergent or sanitizing agent with one 1.6 gallon tank.
If you already have a separate vacuum, extractor and shampooer, the Pro S will complete your car steam cleaner system. The steamer will be the primary cleaning tool in your business. You get the same steamer performance in volume, pressure and temperature as the Pro Plus.
Residential and commercial sanitation are a growing business. The Pro S can be advantageous for these types of jobs. The Pro S is half the size and about half the weight of the Pro Plus. The Pro S weighs 175 pounds. It can easily be brought on site for effective and efficient cleaning and sanitizing jobs. You will get the same professional design and extraordinary results with either choice.
Transport the Pro S with the cargo slider. The commercial-grade slider easily mounts in your van and is specifically designed for Fortador steamers.
The Fortador Volt Electra can be a great solution for smaller car shops, detailing studios or car enthusiasts who want to have their own steamer for car detailing. This is still an all-in-one car detailing steam cleaner that gives you the capability to completely steam clean a car inside and out. The Volt Electra comes with the same built-in commercial grade vacuum and extractor as the Pro Plus. This professional wet-dry equipment lets you combine extraction, steam and detergent technology in the same package.
The main difference with the Volt Electra is the source of power. As the name suggests, the Volt Electra is powered by electricity. This can be convenient for residential cleaning jobs by simply plugging in the steamer inside the home without fumes.
You get the same high-quality steam as the Pro line. It delivers the steam at a lower than PRO Line, but still very effective 175 PSI. Feel confident as the Volt Electra’s system, powered by electricity, delivers steam at a higher pressure than many diesel fuel-powered steamers on the market. The boiler is made of the same high-quality carbon steel as the Pro Plus and the Pro S.
The7-inch display screen shows you all the operating information you need. Monitor and react to water and detergent levels, boiler pressure, hour counter and more.
The heating method is slower than the diesel-engine steamers. If you plan to steam clean and sanitize on larger jobs that require continuous use, this can be limiting. The Volt Electra compensates for this using ECO system for maximizing efficiency of water heating to deliver a constant steam flow rate. If you are cleaning one to two cars per day, the Volt Electra is a perfect fit. Contact us to talk about your needs and to determine model is best.
The Volt Electra lets to use only one gun continuously. With a net weight of 99 pounds, you can easily transport this steamer. Effortlessly load in your van, maneuver and steer this steamer around a garage and residential homes.
The Optima DMF is a diesel-powered steamer that can be good for mobile detailing. The Optima DMF is capable of cleaning most stains, contaminants, debris and surfaces. For certain situations and cleaning jobs, steam pressure capabilities will make a difference. The Optima DMF steamer delivers steam at a maximum of 123 PSI. This is less than Fortador Pro Plus which operates up to 235 PSI. If you are on a mobile detailing job site without enough pressure to do the job efficiently, this could be limiting.
This is a popular steamer available in four different colors. Capabilities and functionality matter in commercial steamers. The Optima DMF does a good job with steam cleaning. The quality of the steam, moisture factor and wetness level are good. The Optima DMF is lacking detergent-cleaning capabilities. There are certain stains and soil that will require a detergent or cleaning agent to completely remove them from the surface.
Many car detailers will smartly vacuum the interior surfaces in the vehicle before steam cleaning. This removes debris and allows the steam to more effectively do its job. The Optima DMF does not have a vacuum. It can be advantageous to have an all-in-one machine that includes a vacuum, especially for remote work. Not having to haul additional equipment allows for jobs to be completed more efficiently.
Cost of ownership is a key factor in purchasing capital equipment. The Optima DMF consumes more fuel than the Fortador Pro S or Pro Plus. The Fortador models consume .15 gallons per working hour while the Optima DMF consumes .6 gallons per working hour. The savings from the significantly higher level of fuel efficiency of the Fortador models will be realized on your first job, and will add up over time.
The more efficiencies you can bring to your process, the more profitable your business can be. Especially on mobile cleaning job sites where water sources can be limited, working hours per tank can make a difference. The Fortador Pro S achieves 25 working hours per tank while the Optima DMF realizes 10 working hours per tank. Steamer technicians will spend less time refilling tanks and more time cleaning customer vehicles and buildings.
The Optima DMF is easy to transport with an empty weight of 191 pounds. This light weight machine is easy to maneuver around corners and turns. You will appreciate this in buildings with tighter spaces. The body being made of polypropylene and polyethylene. These plastic materials are durable, but could start to show wear and tear in high volume shops.
Manufacturing sites are important to some steam cleaner purchasers. The Optima DMF is made in Asia. Fortador produces its line of steamers to the highest engineering standards in Europe. Fortador’s hardware is designed to last for years. With an engine powered by Lamborghini, you can expect quality. Quality manufacturing can result in less down time and higher productivity for your team.
The Optima DMF comes with basic levels of technology. It has an automatic alarm that will alert you when the fuel becomes short. The controls of the steamer are traditional knob and dial-based. The Fortador steamers have an advanced 7-inch digital touch screen to control the steamers, monitor fluid levels and operating readings.
The Astra Idromatic is a commercial steamer that produces steam to 130.5 PSI. This PSI is acceptable for most jobs, but can be limiting for certain situations. With mobile work, you never quite know what soil and stain type you will be presented with. Arriving on site with a steamer with higher PSI capabilities than the 130.5 PSI, can be a better choice over the long run.
The Astra steamer is not an all-in-one machine. With no vacuum, you will have to purchase, maintain and transport an additional piece of equipment. This can add to inefficiencies on job sites and be more cumbersome for technicians.
On larger jobs, it may be better to have more than one steam technician cleaning at the same time. This is especially relevant on larger steam cleaning jobs like motor homes or buildings. The Astra Idromatic has only one steam connection, which means only one technician can work at a time. The Fortador line has multiple connections for steam and detergent so two technicians can clean simultaneously.
The Astra Idromatic does not offer detergent-cleaning capabilities. The machine’s single water tank does not give users the option of using a detergent. Although steam as a single agent can be very effective in many jobs, there are times you will miss a detergent.
Portability and maneuverability are important in a mobile steam cleaning business. The Astra Idromatic steamer weighs 286 pounds. This is considerably heavier than other steamer models in the category. This extra weight can make a difference with loading, unloading and moving between rooms on job sites. The heavier weight will be most noticed on carpeted services.
Diesel fuel usage goes way up with the Astra Idromatic. The Fortador Pro S uses .15 gallons of fuel per working hour. The Astra Idromatic uses about 7x as much fuel per working hour. The Astra Idromatic has a 5.28-gallon diesel tank.
The body of the Astra Idromatic is made of polypropylene and polyethylene. This hard plastic can take some bumps and hits, but may show wear and weaken over time.
The Astra Idromatic has audio and visual alerts on the control panel to diagnose errors. This can be effective is many instances. If you are used to using touch screens and digital controls in other parts of your life, you may miss this technology on the Astra Idromatic steamer.
Every Fortador steamer comes with the accessories you need to do complete steam and sanitization jobs. These accessories include washing guns, nozzles, pressure hoses, detergent containers, vacuum hoses and much more.
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