How to choose the best vacuum cleaner
A good carpet program starts with vacuuming. Daily removal of soil from the carpet will improve the carpet’s appearance and life span. Also, the carpet in your facility acts like a filter, collecting airborne pollutants like fungus, pollen, and dust. Removing these contaminants on a regular basis will improve indoor air quality and make your occupants more healthy and comfortable.
The right vacuums for your cleaning program will depend on your building layout and cleaning methodology. See the descriptions below to get a better understanding of your choices.
Types of vacuums
- Upright Vacuums. Upright vacuums are the most common type of carpet vacuum. These vacuums clean a path between 12″ and 15″. They are compact vacuums that will fit on a janitorial cart. Upright vacuums have a roller brush that flicks the carpet fibers, making the dirt airborne and easier to remove from the carpet. The quality of upright vacuums varies quite a bit, as does the price point. More expensive vacuums are generally better for professional cleaning as they are more durably constructed, have longer-running vacuum motors, and can be easily serviced.
- Backpack Vacuums. Backpack vacuums are a good option for vacuuming quickly. The increased productivity over upright vacuums comes with a trade-off, however. Backpack vacuums don’t have a roller brush, so the vacuum motor has to do all the work to remove the soil from the carpet. Backpacks are still very effective and suitable for most carpet types. Backpacks can also be cumbersome if the custodian needs to complete a wide variety of tasks, like cleaning restrooms or wiping surfaces. In those cases, an upright may be a better choice.
- Battery-powered Backpack Vacuums. Battery-powered backpack vacuums offer a whole new level of productivity. With a battery backpack vacuum, your staff can spot clean up to 30,000 square feet per hour. In addition, battery backpacks can help clean areas where electrical outlets are not typically found, like stairwells and elevators. Also, because battery backpack vacuums are cordless and quiet, they are a good option for vacuuming during the day in occupied areas. The trade-off with battery backpack vacuums is the run time. For large areas, you might find the battery pack wears down before the job is complete. In those cases, you may need additional chargers and batteries or you might want to use a corded vacuum.
- Wide Area Vacuums. Wide area vacuums are key to high-productivity vacuuming programs. If the facility has long hallways or open areas, like conference rooms, a wide area vacuum can save a tremendous amount of labor. Equipped with a 30″ roller brush and a cord that is about twice the length of a typical upright vacuum, wide area vacuums make quick work of open areas. Incorporating wide area vacuums into your cleaning process can often save labor that far exceeds the cost of the vacuum. If you need to find a way to get more done with the same number of people, wide area vacuums might be perfect for your operation.
- The Model M-1 “PIG”. NSS Enterprises makes one vacuum that does not fit into the above categories. The Model M-1 vacuum is best described as a “high-CFM canister vacuum”. This vacuum is known for its reliability and durability. It’s also known for its high-dusting capabilities. When used with our High-Dusting Tool Kit, the Model M-1 can clean up to 20′ above the floor. This vacuum is commonly used to clean high shelving, windows, lighting, and much more. Here’s a video that does a good job explaining this vacuum’s unique capabilities: High-Dusting Video.
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|Vacuum Type||What You Need To Know|
|Upright Vacuum||Most common vacuum. Good for most applications. Roller brush improves deep cleaning.|
|Backpack Vacuum||Faster than an upright. No roller brush, so it doesn't clean as deeply. Best for systems where the custodian is dedicated to vacuums. Can be cumbersome to do other things while wearing it.|
|Battery Backpack Vacuum||Very high mobility and productivity. Good for spot cleaning and areas where electrical outlets are not available. Limited by battery pack run time. Good for day cleaning of occupied areas.|
|Wide-Area Vacuum||Like an extra-wide upright. Roller brush for deep cleaning. Vacuum large areas seven times faster than an upright. Labor savings can pay for the vacuum quickly.|
|Model M-1 "PIG"||Unique vacuum cleaner exclusively made by NSS. Vacuum anything from floor to ceiling. High-dusting tool kit cleans over 20' above the floor.|