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How to Choose the Right Vacuum Cleaner for Your Facility

There are so many different styles of commercial vacuums on the market that it can be difficult to choose the right one for your facility. Each come with their own set of options, features and suitability for different industries. Even experienced cleaning professionals can have difficulties narrowing down the best options for the work.

Here, we explore a few vacuum cleaner options and their different features to help you decide which is right for your facility.

Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are the oldest type of vacuum still commonly on the market today and remain one of the most popular styles. Commercial upright vacuums typically come with single-motor or double-motor, depending on the type of clean required in the space. In both cases, upright vacuums require high efficiency filtration bags that need to be replaced regularly to ensure proper dust collection.

Single-motor upright vacuums are used mostly in lobbies, offices, hotels, classrooms, and other smaller areas that require quick cleaning. They’re lightweight and easy to use, making them perfect for light cleaning in small spaces. Dual-motor uprights are used in areas that require more thorough cleaning, like hospitals, malls, hotel rooms, or other heavily-travelled commercial areas. They serve two functions – cleaning and extracting dirt from carpets while also grooming it.

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are great for cleaning spaces under furniture, stairways, and other tight quarters. The wand and hose suck debris, dust, and dirt into the attached canister which is fitted with wheels for easy moving. They’re especially effective in spaces with multiple floor types as they can seamlessly work between them. Canister vacuums also come with the added benefit of typically being quieter than uprights, so they can be more suitable for noise-sensitive environments like hospitals or retirement homes.

Backpack Vacuums

Backpack vacuums work similarly to canister vacs, with a flexible hose and wand that can fit under furniture and other tight quarters easily. The wand sucks debris and dirt into a canister that is specially designed to fit on the user’s back, hips, and shoulders – just like a backpack. In this way, the repetitive pulling back-and-forth movements that come with using an attachment are reduced.

Backpack vacuums are smaller and take up less space, so they can be used while navigating heavily populated areas without disturbing passersby. They are often used to clean office spaces, schools, universities, and other heavily travelled areas. Because they are fitted with a floor nozzle, they may not be as efficient at removing dirt from thicker carpet. For that, an upright may be a better option.

Backpack vacuums also typically use different attachments to clean window ledges, stairs, or decor at a higher level without discomfort for the operator.

Wet-Dry Vacuums

If you’re looking to clean areas soiled by dry and wet debris, a wet-dry vac is usually the best option. They are able to clean both wet and dry messes simultaneously, without needing to change machines, attachments, or settings.

These professional machines are most often seen on construction sites or in renovations, where things like floor stripping, refinishing, and cleaning are of the highest priority and have tight deadlines to meet. They are heavy duty and able to clean up many types of debris that appear during construction and other projects.

High Quality Filters for Your Vacuum

No matter what vacuum cleaner you choose for your commercial or industrial facility, it needs proper maintenance and accessories to ensure it cleans efficiently. Using high quality aftermarket vacuum filters helps keep vacuums and cleaning machines running longer and better.

Janitized provides aftermarket premium quality vacuum filters and bags made for the industry’s most powerful machines. Contact us to get more information!

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