all use vacuums in our cleaning businesses, but what do you need
to consider when buying a new vacuum cleaner? First,
look for one that is durable, efficient and produces good results.
Although there are several different types of vacuums on the market,
you will probably either need a backpack or upright vacuum in
the buildings you are cleaning.
thinking of which type of vacuum best fits your needs, first look
at how it will be used. If you do a lot of vacuuming,
a machine that is lightweight, powerful, flexible, and quiet is
a good choice. If you vacuum stairwells and other tight areas,
a backpack vacuum is your best choice.
look at the ergonomic design of the vacuum. This means
the vacuum will fit the worker and not the worker adjusting to
the machine. An ergonomic machine will be lightweight, have easy
access to controls, and padded grips. However, even though backpack
vacuums are light and designed to fit the worker, some employees
may not adjust to wearing a vacuum cleaner on their back.
cleaning system being used also has a bearing on your choice of
vacuum. For team cleaning, a backpack vacuum is most
often selected. If you are cleaning buildings during working hours,
the quietest machine available is your best choice.
far as cleaning abilities, in a study done by Quest,
an independent test firm in Denver, Colorado, the backpack performed
slightly better than the upright. When used properly both vacuums
were determined not to have a negative ergonomic impact on workers.
making your final decision, look at the cost of replacement filters
and bags. Both will need to be replaced occasionally
to keep the vacuum working efficiently. Also, lower priced vacuums
that you buy at the big box retail stores are not durable enough
for commercial cleaning, so shop at your local janitorial supply
house. Be prepared to pay a little more and get a higher quality
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