We often get calls for cleaning residential homes located in tall buildings. How we manage to clean these depends on many variables. Above, you will see a picture from a recent third floor carpet cleaning our guys cleaned. That is what is known as a best case scenario for many of these situations. While we have effective portable extractors, if we can avoid the hassle of using them, we like to. But, if there is no other option, we are more than capable to provide excellent results using the portable unit, the only difference is the amount of work involved and the time it takes to complete the cleaning. Today, let’s take a look at what factors go into deciding whether or not we need to use a portable or a truck mounted machine.

Third Floor Carpet Cleaning – Parking

Parking is often the deciding factor of whether or not a truck mounted cleaning can be performed or not.  As you can see in this situation, we were able to legally park directly across from the client’s patio and stretch our equipment in from there. If your high rise home is without a patio or with out legal parking within a reasonable distance (our vans only carry about 250 feet of hose) from the parking spot to the furthest point to be cleaned in your home, we will have to use a portable unit.

Third Floor Carpet Cleaning – Safety

Often, this goes hand in hand with the parking. If there is a parking space that checks all the boxes, but it crosses over many highly used walkways, that’s not ideal. Tripping hazards or blocking off handicap accessibility is something we strive to avoid. As you can see in this image, our hoses only cross one path. With this we are able to use our warning sign to ensure that no one will trip and fall over our equipment. The machine makes a great deal of noise, but the sign helps keep us noticeable.

Third Floor Carpet Cleaning – Property Risk

The final piece of the puzzle. We have answered two questions now. Can we reach it? Yes. Is that route safe and free of traffic? Yes. Now we ask, will we burn any grass or damage any paint or structure with this route. The solution line (that’s the skinny one) can get quite hot, give or take 250 degrees. That’s hot enough to burn a line into the grass. Property owners don’t usually like that. Take a close look at the picture, go ahead and click it. See the skinny hose there, we have it encased in a vacuum line for the first 50 feet it lays on the grass. The vacuum line is thick plastic and protects the grass from any heat.