How to Choose a Vacuum for Commercial Cleaning
If you are involved in commercial cleaning, you need many tools to perform your service quickly and cost effectively. One of your most important choices will be which vacuum to choose. Many great manufacturers build high quality machines with different specifications and features. In this post we will discuss purchasing a standard upright vacuum.
The upright vacuum is most likely the machine you are most familiar with. Vacuums of this type are common in households and many businesses. They are great for carpet and easy to move. Upright vacuums use a brush and suction to clean the floor. The brush spins rapidly pulling dirt and debris from the floor while the suction transports it to the bag or storage canister.
When choosing an upright vacuum for commercial cleaning, there are a few features to consider.
Durability should be the first consideration. If you have to replace a broken machine or deal with unexpected down time, it can be very costly. Stick to well-known commercial brands like Royal, Sanitaire, ProTeam, Windsor or others. Be sure to check product reviews from others in the commercial cleaning business.
The next factor to consider when purchasing a commercial upright vacuum is power. Power is rated in amps and most commercial single motor vacuums will be rated at between 8 and 12 amps. The higher the amps, the more power the brushes and suction will have. Typically, you will pay a higher cost for more power, but more powerful vacuums can clean more efficiently.
The cleaning path size of the vacuum you purchase may not seem important, but a few inches can save a lot of time in the long run. Just like with a lawn mower, you should purchase the widest path vacuum your budget allows. Most vacuums will offer a cleaning path of between 12 and 15 inches. A few extra inches can make a huge difference in your workload and effort over time. Would you rather run 20 or 25 passes over a floor? Five extra passes may not seem like much but added up daily, weekly, and yearly you will find a lot of wasted effort and money.
Filtration is a sometimes overlooked but extremely important part of any vacuum cleaner. As dirt and dust is sucked into the machine, the extra air needs to go somewhere. This air is pushed through a filter then back into the room. The filter is necessary due to small dust particles in this air. Choose a machine with HEPA filtering technology. HEPA filters are able to remove microscopic particles, including dust, mites, allergens, and some bacteria. Most high quality brands incorporate HEPA filtering technology into the machine they develop.
Any manufacturer that creates a good product should be willing to stand behind it with a good warranty. Look for a machine offering at least a 1 year warranty on the motor and electrical components. These components are typically the most expensive to replace.
Cost is usually the toughest part of the decision for anyone in the commercial cleaning business. They say "You get what you pay for", and that rings true when purchasing an upright. Cheap poorly made machines are available at every department store, but these vacuums are not made to stand up the rigors of business use. You should choose the best brand name machine your business can afford. A better device is going to provide years of service and minimal downtime, helping your business acquire more customers and continue building your commercial cleaning company.
The upright vacuum is most likely the machine you are most familiar with. The next factor to consider when purchasing a commercial upright vacuum is power. Power is rated in amps and most commercial single motor vacuums will be rated at between 8 and 12 amps. The cleaning path size of the vacuum you purchase may not seem important, but a few inches can save a lot of time in the long run. Cheap poorly made machines are available at every department store, but these vacuums are not made to stand up the rigors of business use.