How to choose best commercial steam cleaner
Now more than ever, consumers want frequently used surfaces in their workplaces and homes to have thorough cleaning and sanitation. Many customers want assurance that the method used for cleaning will not use any chemicals and is safe and eco-friendly while also simultaneously cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. Killing any novel coronavirus particles is also a major concern.
As a steam cleaning contractor, you can offer a variety of cleaning services or specialize in certain ones. Dry vapor commercial steam cleaners are appropriate for cleaning exterior surfaces, including exterior wood and bricks, decks, patios, cement walkways and driveways, awnings, windows and doors. Commercial customers prefer steam cleaning for industrial operations, graffiti removal and following building renovation. Steam Cleaners are also the ideal method for restaurant kitchens, dining rooms and restroom facilities. In homes, steam cleaning makes quick work of sanitizing kitchen appliances, furniture, upholstery, carpets, hard floors, grout and tile.
The types of services your company offers should be a major factor in choosing your commercial steam cleaner. Consider the following features when making your selection.
Some models are expensive, but at the same time, they are useful for a wider variety of jobs, which will allow your company to service a greater range of clients, thereby bringing in your money in the long run.
A professional steam cleaner can weigh a lot. Be sure to look at the unit's dimensions and weight and determine whether your personnel have the means to transport it easily from job to job.
Our steam cleaners come with several basic attachments to use for the sanitation of different types of surfaces. Fortador also offers additional attachments and accessories that you can purchase separately. If you need a versatile industrial steam cleaner that you can use for a large variety of items, surfaces and spaces, look closely at what attachments come with the model you’re considering. Make sure that whatever you buy will have the proper functionality for the cleaning jobs you perform.
Smaller units have smaller tanks, requiring the operator to refill the device frequently, resulting in downtime. Think about whether you want a unit with two water tanks to allow for continuous use during operation.
Cleaners like those made by Fortador have higher temperatures, which produce dryer steam, which provides a deeper cleaning, kills more germs and viruses and is more efficient. Consistency is also important because if a unit cannot consistently maintain temperature and pressure, it will clean less efficiently. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend temperatures of 250 degrees ad 270 degrees Fahrenheit for sterilization. Fortador’s professional steamers produce and maintain dry steam at 248 degrees to 284 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a reliable manufacturer using cutting-edge European technology, Fortador gives you a complete line of steam cleaners with great options that will allow you to choose the right commercial grade steamer that will meet your company’s needs and even offer you opportunities to expand your business. Take a look at each machine's advantages and features to determine which one best fits your needs on this complete steam cleaner comparison. Our staff will be happy to set up a demonstration and answer any questions about chemical free services.
If your business has a high volume of carpet and upholstery cleaning, the Fortador Plus is the steam cleaning system to consider as this diesel-powered professional steam cleaner provides convenient all-in-one features with high capabilities. The versatile accessories that come with this machine will allow your operators to perform many different tasks while also increasing their efficiency with continuous steam.
Operating at a pressure of 16 bars / 232 PSI, the PRO Plus gives you the steam pressure you need to effectively remove dirt, stains, bacteria, viruses and debris. It also has an output that makes it suitable for a high-volume cleaning business as it produces an outstanding 363 pounds of steam per hour. Another great feature is that this unit comes with three guns, two steam guns and a dual hose gun for shampooing and vacuum extraction. This feature allows three operators to simultaneously work with the unit, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity.
Many residential jobs require detergents to clean stains effectively from furniture and carpets. The Fortador PRO Plus can deliver two different detergents at the same time as it has two tanks that hold 1.6 gallons of cleaning solution, which gives your business lots of flexibility when out on jobs. Thorough shampooing is often necessary to fully remove dirt and stains from soft surfaces.
The extractor that comes with both the PRO Plus and PRO Plus Deluxe works hand-in-hand with the shampooer and provides a penetrating cleaning that breaks down proteins in stains to result in effective debris removal on all types of soft surfaces. Extractors also decrease drying time while also allowing your operators to spend considerably less effort on each job.
For dirt removal and surface preparation, choose the unit’s wet-dry vacuum, which will remove loose debris and make cleaning more thorough.
A seven-inch touchscreen allows users to control and view all operating characteristics, including temperature, PSI, water and detergent level and diesel fuel, along with other key operating measures.
Another plus is that the PRO Plus is more economical than many of its competitors with regard to water and fuel consumption. The Pro Plus only uses 0.15 gallons of diesel fuel to produce needed steam, while the Optima DMF uses .6 gallons. Over eight hours, the Pro Plus will use over four times less fuel than the Optima DMF.
Fortador can provide you with a convenient cargo slider to transport the industrial steamer PRO Plus. This commercial-grade product is specially designed for Fortador units and easily mounts inside any commercial vans, but it also can be used to keep all your additional tools in easy to reach areas.
- Versatile all-in-one unit
- Continuous steam
- Provides powerful cleaning and extraction
- Innovative, convenient design
- Comes with a variety of accessories and attachments, including three hoses
- Unit is heavy at 440 lbs.
- Large dimensions
- Diesel exhaust
- Our most expensive unit
This steamer is also great for residential and commercial cleaning and disinfection as it has the same boiler as the Fortador PRO Plus, while also giving you the high-quality steam pressure and temperature needed to disinfect thoroughly. Users also get the same three-gun capability and flexibility and the same touch screen system and operating display for ultimate control. This unit also has the same volume, pressure and temperature performance as the Pro Plus.
This unit will also increase your operation’s productivity as the water tank holds about 6.5 gallons while the diesel tank accommodates four gallons of fuel. It also has a higher level of fuel efficiency than the Optima DMF, and 6x time more efficient than Astra Idromatic allowing you to work 40 hours without refueling. The PRO S has a 1.6-gallon detergent tank, providing the same capacity to add detergents or sanitizing agents.
Select the industrial steamer Fortador PRO S if you already have a vacuum, extractor, and shampooer. You can use this machine to be the primary cleaning device for your business as it can greatly expand the possibilities for residential and commercial sanitation opportunities.
One big advantage of the PRO S is its size and weight. This machine only weighs 175 lbs., and with its much smaller dimensions, operators can easily maneuver it into tight spaces at job sites for effective and efficient commercial steam cleaning and sanitizing. You can also use our cargo slider with the PRO S for easy transportation.
- High level of cleaning power
- Continuous Steam
- Includes detergent or sanitizing agent feature
- Much lighter and smaller than competing machines across the market
- No extraction capability
- Diesel exhaust
If you are just starting out with your cleaning and sanitation business, or if you have a smaller operation, the Fortador Volt Electra is the machine for you. This all-in-one easy to use industrial steam cleaner gives you the capability and versatility to clean and sanitize many different types of surfaces inside and outside buildings. You’ll get the same commercial-grade vacuum and extractor found in the PRO Plus. Not only that, but you’ll also get professional wet-dry capabilities that combine extraction, steam and detergent technology in a single, convenient unit.
Many of the Volt Electra’s features are the same or similar to the PRO line. You still get high-quality commercial grade steam but at a lower pressure of 175 PSI, which is still higher than many diesel-powered steamers on the market. The Volt Electra’s boiler is also made from the same high-quality steel as the Pro Plus and the Pro S. Its seven-inch display shows users all pertinent operation information as they can monitor water and detergent levels, boiler pressure, temperature and much more.
The power source is the primary difference between the Volt Electra and the PRO Line. As you would expect by its name, electricity powers this machine, which makes it especially convenient for residential and commercial steam cleaning as an operator merely has to plug it in to get it started, plus you don’t have the added inconvenience of diesel fumes. It is equipped with a single gun for commercial steam cleaning and dual gun for carpet steam cleaning, but means only one gun can be in operation.
Heating is slower with the Volt Electra than with diesel steamers, which can be a limiting factor when working larger jobs. However, this unit uses an ECO system that maximizes heating efficiency by delivering a constant steam flow rate. This unit is the steam cleaner for you if you have primarily small-scale jobs.
As the Volt Electra only weighs 99 pounds, you can easily maneuver it on its wheels during operation as well as from job to job.
- Fully electric steam with a compact boiler
- Best cleaning power on the market for fully electric units
- All-in-one operation
- 30-foot hose
- Size and weight allow for easy transportation
-5500 watt heating element
- Continuous usage time shorter than for diesel units
- Produces less pressure
- Can accommodate only one operator
- Runs on 240V for heating element
Optima calls this steamer the most powerful steam cleaning machine in the world, but is it? Here is what people get when they buy this machine. This diesel-powered unit is DMF's best-selling steam cleaner. Although the manufacturer indicates it has a durable body design, its frame is made of polypropylene and polyethylene, so it is not quite as durable as the Fortador Pro S. Weighing 191 lbs., the Optima DMF is readily portable, making this machine suitable for mobile car and recreational equipment washing and detailing, solar panel cleaning, graffiti, washing outdoor sculptures, and weed graffiti and gum removal.
The Optima DMF features a smart control system that works via internal CPU monitors to control the steamer's mechanical and electrical operations. Designed to be user-friendly, this steamer also has multi-stage safety devices that force the machine to sound an alarm and shut off when there is a shortage of fuel or water, temperature or pressure goes out of range, abnormal burner flame or if the pump runs overtime. An automatic water filling feature eliminates the need for operators to manually fill the boiler when a water supply is readily available on site. Choose from wet or dry steam settings that are easily adjustable according to the type of cleaning job. The DMF's advanced structure allows for easy maintenance when the unit is not in use.
The water tank and fuel tank capacity are both 5.3 gallons. Its diesel burner produces steam in three to seven minutes. Its non-idling burner minimizes noise, emissions and fuel consumption, although it is not as fuel-efficient as the Fortador Pro S. The DMF ships with two 33-foot hoses and has longer hoses available in 49-foot and 65-foot lengths. A good assortment of tools, such as steam guns, specialty tools and adapters, are available for different job requirements. The DMF's dual spray gun allows two operators to work simultaneously without losing power, heat or pressure.
This machine comes with a general manufacturer's one-year warranty and a two-year warranty on the boiler.
The manufacturer promotes this machine as a basic and steady steamer with minimal electrical consumption. If an electrical supply is not readily available at a worker site, a small generator can power the Astra Steamer.
Recommended applications for this steamer are for repair workshops, mobile car and recreational vehicle wash, cleaning of industrial machines, sports venues and equipment, cleaning of animal housing and equipment, gum and graffiti removal, food industries and urban weeding. The last application is somewhat unique as this machine comes with a specialized weeding tool to help remove weeds.
The Astra Steamer gives operators a machine with mechanical controls of various functions. A knob on the control board allows you to choose the way water feeds into the machine, either from a direct water source or from the machine's tank. Only one steam outlet comes with the machine, although the manufacturer claims that buyers can add another outlet. Operators can manually control steam via an outlet tap, getting steam right from the pump with installation of additional fittings and pipes. Most of the unit's functions are manually controlled via knobs. Users will also benefit from an errors diagnostic system based on sound and visual impulses from the control panel.
This machine is also heavier than other commercial steamers, weighing about 286 lbs. The additional weight can make a difference on the productivity of crews who have to load, unload and haul the steamer into place at various jobs. Diesel in its tanks lasts for about seven hours of work. Only four accessories are included with the steamer, including a steam gun with swivel nozzle, a teflon nozzle, a steam hose and a microfiber cloth. with one a single hose, operators will need to take take to switch between steaming and cleaning with detergents.
Idromatic, the company that manufactures the Astra steam does not disclose the composition of the machine's frame. Also, the manufacturer only provides a one-year warranty on this machine.
Every Fortador steamer comes with a set of accessories like nozzles, washing guns, hoses, detergent containers and other essentials for your cleaning business. We also stock various other products such as brushes and cleaning solutions that can augment your business and make job done