How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Your Business

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Canister Vacuums Are a Good Choice for Hard Floors

As a business owner, you may not give much thought about the vacuum cleaners you buy for your premises, except for cost. After all, all vacuum cleaners are the same, right? No, they’re far from that and the vacuum cleaner you pick can perform vastly different and/or last much longer compared to others on the market.

This guide will provide some ideas to help you select the best one for your office and commercial needs. There are several types, leading brands, and models from which to choose.

All types of popular household and commercial vacuums fall under one of these types:

Types of Vacuum Cleaners

Here are some highlights of the different types available from our extensive inventory:

  • Upright vacuums: These vacuums are great for general purpose cleaning. Many businesses buy them to cover large areas, such as shop floors or hotel lobbies. They do a better job of cleaning deep pile carpets than canister models do. They cost less than canisters and central vacuums.
  • Canister Models: These vacuum cleaners have a canister that is attached to the cleaning head via a long and flexible hose. This allows you to get under furniture and clean stairs with easier. Typically, their dirt collection canister is larger than uprights and you don’t have to empty them as often.
  • Central Vacuums: These vacuums do the best job on almost anything because their motors and power units are more powerful. They are well-suited for small offices, showrooms, and storage rooms but not for factories and plants.
  • Backpack Models: These aren't as common as the above types, but they're becoming more popular with businesses. They keep the user's hands-free so they can keep cleaning with ease. You can reach difficult places better and some models are cordless for more convenience when cleaning.
  • Stick Vacuums: Sticks are a small type of upright vacuums that are lightweight and great for quick cleaning of small areas and messes. They aren’t as durable or long-lasting as heavy-duty commercial models.
  • Handheld Models: These vacuum cleaners are small and portable, and so are perfect for smaller jobs. For example, you can use them to clean stairs, upholstery, shelves, or the interiors of company autos and trucks.

“You'll need to consider the noise level of the vacuum cleaner you buy, depending on where and when you're going to be using it.”

Bagged Vs. Bagless

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Buy High-quality Bags for Your
Vacuums

When you're considering a new commercial vacuum you'll need to think about whether you want a typical home model or a commercial model. If your business is a small one and you do not vacuum everyday, you can get by with a leading brand of residential vacs like Miele, SEBO, or Dyson. If you need daily cleaning or operate a large concern like a warehouse, factory, mill, or government facility we highly recommend a heavy-duty commercial modes.

A second decision is purchasing bagged or bagless models. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, so it depends on what you want personally. Bagged models cost more from month to month because you purchase the bags. The pro is they are better for keeping the air cleaner and this is a benefit if any of your employees have allergies.

A bagless vacuum is great if you want to help protect the environment, as no bags mean you're producing less waste and they cost less to operate from month to month. However, you will need to clean and replace the filters more often. A bagged vacuum needs less cleaning, but you will have to factor in the price of the bags.

Cordless Versus Corded

Cordless vacuum cleaners are becoming big news in the cleaning market, and it's easy to see why. They work by charging up and this means you don't have to wrestle with a power cord when you're cleaning. However, the technology is still in its infancy and many of them just aren't considered to be as good as their corded counterparts. If this is something you want to pursue, read reviews of different models before reaching your decision.

Capacity Is Another Consideration

Another important element in looking for the best industrial vacuum cleaner is its capacity. The bigger the capacity, the longer you can go before having to empty the vacuum cleaner. Capacity is often measured in gallons liters, so if you need a bigger vacuum cleaner, you're going to be looking for a cleaner with a higher gallon or liter capacity. Emptying less often saves money while getting more work done in less time.

HEPA Filtration and Allergy Sufferers

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Keep the Air Cleaner for Allergy
Sufferers

Many vacuum cleaners have a HEPA rating for their filtration system. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and cleaners with a high HEPA rating are designed to remove a higher amount of particles from the air in your workplace.

You must keep the air as cleaner air makes a much more comfortable workplace for your employees and anyone else who visits. When up to 40% will suffer from allergies at some point in their lives, it's important that you keep the air as clean as possible. Look at the HEPA ratings on any vacuums that you're considering buying. We carry HEPA filters for all models that use them.

Noise Levels Make a Difference

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Consider the Noise Levels When
Purchasing a Vacuum

You'll need to consider the noise level of the vacuum cleaner you buy, depending on where and when you're going to be using it. If the custodian cleans offices during the day, for example, you'll need a vacuum cleaner that's quieter, so it won't disturb people as they're working.

You can determine the decibel levels of various models before purchase so you can make an informed choice.

The Bottom Line: Your Budget

ThinkVacuums.com stocks an extensive line of brands and models priced to fit any business budget. It’s easy to browse our website to find what you need. If you do need some assistance in selecting the right model, chat with one of our vacuum specialists today.

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