Whether you run a hotel, a janitorial service, or a restaurant of any size, there is one piece of cleaning equipment that you can’t do without: a vacuum cleaner. By choosing the best vacuum for your application, you can keep your floors sparkling, create an efficient cleaning system, and ensure the safety of employees and customers so your business will always leave a positive impression.
What Makes a Vacuum Cleaner Commercial Grade?
While home vacuum cleaners do the job when used infrequently, a commercial grade vacuum is generally more durable, powerful, and built for continuous use. Where a residential unit would wear out quickly in a professional cleaning application, commercial vacuums are intended for heavy use and last longer.
Plus, most commercial units will come with a commercial power cord which is helpful for keeping your business within safety guidelines.
Types of Vacuum Cleaners
Each vacuum cleaner has its own set of strengths that make it best-suited for specific types of tasks over other vacuum types. Each type is explained in greater detail below.
- Upright Vacuums – general purpose cleaning.
- Canister Vacuums – under furniture, cleaning stairs.
- Backpack Vacuums – long periods of cleaning.
- Handheld Vacuums – stairs, molding, drapes, upholstery, spot-cleaning.
- Wet / Dry Vacuums – construction sites, professional cleaning services, wet spills.
With a powered cleaning head, a bag or canister on the handle, and a long power cord, upright vacuum cleaners are great for general purpose cleaning in hotel rooms, and offices. These and their manual counterparts, floor sweepers, also make a great restaurant vacuum.
The self-contained design is ideal for applications where your cleaning crew will be going from one area to another since they only need to roll the vacuum cleaner to the next room and plug it in. With this style, there is no need to wrangle a separate canister or unwieldy hose. Plus, many upright vacuum cleaners will fit on housekeeping carts so that they can easily be transported with the rest of your hotel cleaning supplies.
A canister vacuum has a cleaning head which is attached to the dirt bag and motor by a rigid wand and a long, flexible hose. The vacuum head is much lighter and more maneuverable than an upright vacuum cleaner since you don’t need to move the canister with every pass. Also, canister vacuums in general tend to be quieter than other styles.
Since they have smaller and more maneuverable cleaning heads, canister vacuums are perfect for cleaning under furniture and are easier to handle when vacuuming staircases. Though storing the hose and wand along with the canister may take up more space, the convenience of using a canister vacuum may outweigh storage concerns when you need to clean under chairs and tables in a restaurant setting.
Designed to be lightweight and easy to carry, backpack vacuums make it easy for employees to continuously clean for long periods of time. Most models come with ergonomic pads and back supports for employee safety, plus they are light enough for people of various statures to use. Since employees wear this type of vacuum just like a backpack, it keeps their hands free to manage the wand and power cord or to move furniture out of the way.
Some backpack vacuum cleaners also have a feature that allows users to switch the unit from a vacuum cleaner to a blower as needed. Offering convenience, maneuverability, versatility, and the added benefit of being lightweight, backpack vacuums are great not only for janitorial services but also for industrial cleaning applications.
If you need a small vacuum to clean stairs, molding, drapes, or upholstery in restaurant, hotel, or office settings, a handheld portable vacuum cleaner is a great choice! Small and lightweight, these vacuums are easy to carry from one task to the next.
Though not a good option for cleaning large areas, portable vacuums do also work well for quick cleanups and spot cleaning in between regular vacuuming too – instead of bringing a full-size vacuum out of storage it’s easy to store these units in a convenient location and grab them at a moment’s notice.
These specialized machines can sweep up any type of mess, from dust and debris at construction sites to liquids from a flood
or accidental spill, making them some of the best industrial vacuum cleaners available. A must-have for professional cleaning services, wet / dry vacs are the perfect tools for cleaning up after a renovation or a natural disaster. After a storm or burst water pipe, wet / dry vacuum cleaners can eliminate much of the mop and bucket work to make cleanup go faster.
Many wet / dry vacuums tend to be louder than other varieties, so consider the decibel level of each unit before purchasing and be prepared with ear protection for your employees. Another specialized consideration for wet / dry vacuums is the method of emptying. Look for a unit that comes with a drain valve or drain hose, for easy emptying when you are cleaning up wet messes.
What is HEPA?
An acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air or High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance, HEPA refers to filters that have been tested and certified to remove a high percentage of microscopic particulates and meet certain other standards.
While HEPA filters are used in a variety of applications, like the automotive industry and HVAC systems, using HEPA filtration in vacuum cleaners produces cleaner air and helps to contain pollen, dust, and other common triggers of allergy and asthma symptoms so that they aren’t kicked up into the air during cleaning.
All vacuum cleaners have some sort of filter but not all are HEPA filters. If you are concerned about allergens in the air you may want to consider purchasing a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration.
Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums
When considering whether your business should go bagless, here are some things to think about. First, while it is true that eliminating disposable vacuum bags can reduce expenses, bagless units do have additional filters that will need to be cleaned and replaced every so often. Second, emptying a bagless vacuum cleaner can be a dusty job so you’ll want workers to be aware that this might cause symptoms in those with allergies or asthma. On the other hand, a bagged vacuum cleaner ensures that most of the dust and debris will stay inside the bag for disposal.