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Ultimate Guide Car detailing Steamer and  Steamer for Car Wash  


The Key Features To Keep In Mind Before Buying A Heavy duty Car Detailing Steam Cleaner

Boiler and Burner (Durability & Size)

The boiler and burner are the hearth of your steam cleaner. Without them, there is no steam. It’s important to have a burner that will quickly heat the water so that your car steamer can be up and ready to use quickly.

Fortador Pro Line are engineered with burners built by Lamborghini. These exclusive diesel burners enable detailers to start working on a vehicle virtually after turning your Fortador on.  

Another key component of a boiler to keep in mind is its durability. You want a boiler that is built to last as once your boiler stops functioning your steam cleaning is rendered useless.

Lastly, the size of the boiler will dictate how long the steamer will provide continious steam without having to refill the tank and wait for the steam to build up. If car detailing steamer, like Fortador PRO line, supports connection to tap water it will be great time saving option

This is especially important for professional detailers as they do not want to waste time waiting for the boiler to be ready to use while in the middle of a job. The only caveat with a larger boiler tank is that it will carry more water which will make the steam cleaner for auto detailing heavier.

Replaceable Parts

This feature is virtually nonexistent for most retail automotive steamers but it is a fundamental feature every professional detailer steamer should possess. 

The parts should not only be easily purchasable online but should also be easy to install to reduce downtime when your cleaner needs repairs/ Without replaceable parts, you will be forced to replace the whole steam cleaner even if only one part stops working.

Chemical / Detergent Tank

This is a feature that has professionals in mind and can be skipped by most DIY detailers. Steam is renowned for its cleaning and sanitizing power but automotive surfaces or stains can sometimes require specialized detergent.

For example, washing a car with steam will require special wax infused cleaners to give the paint a true high-shine finish after completion.

Some steamers include a detergent tank. Best overall Fortador Pro Plus comes ready with 2 detergent tanks and heavy duty steamer Fortador Pro S has 1 detergent tank, enabling detailers get continuous steam to clean and sanitize and decontaminate any surfaces quickly and chemical free.

Portability of car detailing steam cleaner

For DIY enthusiasts and detailers that want a steamer as a supplemental tool, you will have to make a trade-off between mobility and power.

Smaller steam cleaners are clearly easier to move around and transport however, they will have smaller boilers and water tanks which will reduce their power, PSI, as well as endurance before needing a refill.

Fortador products have the perfect balance between mobility and power. No other automotive steamer comes close to Fortador Pro Line’s power, while its high-quality wheels make every machine easy to move around and transport.

Steam Temperatures

steam temperature by sprayed distance explained
Steam temperature by sprayed distance explained

It’s important to keep in mind the maximum temperature of the steam being produced as some interior surface may be damaged if the steam is too high.

For most car detailing steamers, this should not be an issue, but some commercial/industrial steam cleaners may be too hot for some automotive surfaces. 

Lastly, high steam temperature can be great to pulverize salt and other similar filth, professional detailers should keep that in mind when choosing a steam cleaner to detail cars.

Fortador products enable pro detailers to choose which temperature to use while detailing, offering the ultimate versatility and flexibility.

Vacuum / Extractor

Again this is a feature designed for professionals. With a vacuum, you can easily steam shampoo carpets and seats while vacuuming debris that is dislodged by the steamer. Without a vacuum, you will have to use a separate vacuum for this step which can be more time-consuming.

However, sometimes the vacuum incorporated in some steamers has a very low lift and a small vacuum tank, in those cases we recommend you skip the extra cost for the vacuum as it will not be very effective.

Vacuums are great but an extractor is the ultimate carpet and upholstery shampoo machine. Combined with steam, an extractor can extract dirt and soil deep inside the fibers to renew any fabric back to new. Fortador steam machines can come equipped with both a vacuum and an extractor.

Fuel Efficiency

When using an auto detailing steamer as the central piece of your detailing business, you will likely be using diesel to power your steam cleaner. Diesel cost can rapidly become an important operational cost of your business and must be considered before buying to maximize profits. 

Heavy duty steam cleaners Fortador PRO Plus and PRO S are leading in their class in fuel efficiency with up to $2814 in savings per year compared to competitors.

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Regardless of the class fo car steamer your purchase, accessories will make or break your purchase. Steam alone is powerful but a car comes with various surfaces that will require a few key accessories for most DIY and prosumer steam cleaner.

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Standard accessories kit for Fortador PRO Plus Car steam cleaner

While most professional steam cleaner for car detailing will have a high PSI and high steam temperature that the steam alone will take care of any dirt build-up or heavy stain.

Tools may include brushes, nozzles, and scrubbers. Fortador PRO Line can come with up to 3 hoses, enabling one machine to be used by 3 technicians.

The high PSI of each Fortador car detailing steamer is enough to clean, disinfectant and pulverize any stain, contaminants or build-up without other accessories, making the technician highly efficient without the need to consistently change the nozzle or brush.

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The Total Package

Steam car wash is the process of using steam vapor to clean a car’s exterior and interior. For decades steam has been a critical component of the cleaning industry due to its effectiveness and sanitizing power. Today, steam has become an ever-growing asset to the car wash industry. Fortador Steamers is leading the way by introducing the first commercial grade steam cleaner specifically tailored for washing cars!

The steam generated by the Fortador Steamers is hot enough to lift off any grease and soilage, produces enough pressure to break down dirt, and is gentle enough to not damage the surface. In less time than a traditional car wash, the Fortador Steamers not only thoroughly washes your vehicle, but also sanitizes the interior and refurbishes greasy engine parts anew. It can even also reach the tightest spaces and fittings that would otherwise be completely inaccessible with a pressure washer.We have a variety of accessories that compliment your Mobile Car wash; from extended length hoses and guns, to brushes for tough grime and spray bottles for wax and an added shine!

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Unrestricted Mobility

The Fortador Steamers allows car cleaners and detailers to take their business on the road. This convenient all-in-one system allows the customer to wash and detail anywhere and everywhere with little to no wastewater.
Producing barely any wastewater run-off, this machine can conserve the environment and save you costly fines from various municipalities that are often given if water and chemicals enter storm drains. By avoiding tough water disposal laws, you can conduct your business at an office park, parking structure, gated community or outside a country club. Even better, the effectiveness and efficiency of vapor steam allows one to wash a vehicle that is parked amongst many without spraying them, which would be unavoidable with a pressure washer.

Sustainable Business
Protecting the environment is what drives the design of each of our products. The Fortador Heavy Duty Steamers use less than a gallon of water to generate enough steam pressure to clean a car’s surface, emitting little wastewater run-off. In addition, the sanitizing capabilities of dry vapor steam minimizes the need for chemicals, sharply reducing harmful residue that could reach our storm drains. With hardly any wastewater to clean up, not only will you save money from buying a storage tank, but also avoid hefty fines from wastewater regulations. Moreover, by using fewer chemical cleaners, you will accumulate savings from frequently buying chemical products. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run, the Fortador Steamers is the surefire tool for a sustainable business!We have a variety of accessories that compliment your Mobile Car wash; from extended length hoses and guns, to brushes for tough grime and spray bottles for wax and an added shine!

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Why Steam Cleaner is the Best Tool for Car Wash Detailing

A steam cleaner for cars is the go-to piece of equipment in car detailing. When you start telling customers how much you can do for them, they will be amazed. When you thoroughly clean all of the areas possible with steam, they will be impressed by the results and want you back.Steam is safe and effective across almost every surface in a vehicle. The right commercial steamer will have flexibility and capabilities to do steam, car shampooing, detergent cleaning and other features.

Car Steamer Methods

There are really two categories of procedures or methods when using a car steam cleaner. Cleaning with steam as the primary agent is the one that often comes to mind first. Here the steamer is used with different gun ends and application techniques. You will use the steamer at different angles and distances from the surface. You will also use micro-fiber cloths and other cloths to follow up and cleanse the surface of the dislodged particles, stains and debris.

Extraction is another cleaning technique. A high-quality professional car steam cleaner should have extraction capabilities. Extraction is seen by many as the best technique for carpet and car upholstery. Here you will use extraction ends to inject and extract water with or without cleaning agents from the seats and upholstery. You will see the soil and particles as they are extracted.


A car shampooer is another feature some professional steam cleaner for cars have. This additional level of cleaning is often necessary for soiled carpets and interiors. The Fortador Pro Plus steamer has all the capabilities you need for steaming, extracting and shampooing. That is important because you never really know what level of soil and dirt you encounter on a job until you get going. Get ready to clean it all without haste with Fortador.


Snow foaming is a technique in which a cleaning foam is sprayed on the exterior of the car. This thick cleaning agent soaks deep in the paint, glass and other surfaces of the vehicle. The Fortador Pro Plus steamer is capable of rinsing snow foam the wet steam mode. With two three steam guns, no need to change hoses or tank hook ups, just press Wet mode on touchscreen.. Check out all of the potential cleaning areas a steam cleaner can take care of!

Glove Boxes

It is not always about just cleaning. It is also about a total clean and sanitized car. Take the items out of the glove box and put them in a zip lock bag. Flood the glove box with powerful and hot steam.

Wheel Wells

There may be road chemicals, tar and other materials that build up in the wheel wells. Safely get up and underneath the wheel wheels with a steamer.

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Kyle Bryant
Hi-Definition Auto Detailing, Austin, TX
Thank you for the great tool, I like my Fortador Pro and hope to get more in a few months.
Gerard Suico
Miami, FL
I was so excited to get my equipment, and i was the second customer in FL who got the machine, special offer covers all my expenses for delivery and now are starting make money with my steamer.
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