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5 Types of Commercial Vacuums


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3 things to consider when choosing a commercial vacuum:

    1.  Size of the area
    2.  Level of soil
    3.  Foot traffic

Choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your business can be overwhelming when considering all that’s available. Figuring out which vacuum is right for you will depend on the size of the space you’re cleaning, how heavy the soil is in that area, and the amount of foot traffic passing through each day. Knowing these things will help you to determine which type of vacuum is most effective for your business.

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Common types of commercial vacuum cleaners:

    •  Backpack vacuums
    •  Handheld vacuums
    •  Upright vacuums
    •  Canister vacuums
    •  Wet / Dry Vacuums



Backpack Vacuums

Worn like a backpack, these vacuums provide continuous cleaning capabilities with more freedom to move around obstacles. They’re designed to be portable and lightweight. Most backpack vacuums also offer additional accessories to help clean hard to reach areas.

Ideal backpack vacuum uses:

    •  Stairs
    •  Classrooms
    •  Areas with a lot of obstacles
    •  General cleaning
    •  Lobbies
    •  High traffic areas



Handheld Vacuums

Handheld vacuums are great for quick spot cleanings. These vacuums are meant to be portable and aren’t meant to be used for cleaning large areas. Battery or cord powered options are usually available for handheld varieties. These vacuums increase accessibility for cleaning in high traffic areas and are ideal for maintaining a clean atmosphere throughout the day.

Ideal handheld vacuum uses:

    •  Stairs
    •  Spot cleaning
    •  High traffic areas
    •  Hard to reach areas



Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are great options for general purpose cleaning. These are vertical standing vacuums with power cords available in various sizes. These vacuums are easily transported from room to room, are an excellent choice for carpeted floors, and can be found with either a single motor or a dual motor. Some of these vacuums come with additional accessories, filters, and battery powered options.

Ideal upright vacuum uses:

    •  Carpeted areas
    •  General cleaning
    •  Lobbies
    •  High traffic areas
    •  Hallways
    •  Offices



Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums usually have wheels for easy portability as well as a wand or various cleaning attachments to be used for specific jobs. The canister vacuum’s wand allows for more maneuverability and can effectively clean hard to reach areas such as under furniture and vertical spaces. With the extensions available for the wands and cords, a canister vacuum may not be the best option for high traffic areas but this vacuum provides excellent solutions for problem areas.

Ideal canister vacuum uses:

    •  Carpeted areas
    •  General cleaning
    •  Vertical cleaning
    •  Hallways
    •  Offices
    •  Hard floors
    •  Under furniture



Wet / Dry Vacuums

Not all vacuums are made to clean areas that are wet. Wet / Dry Vacuums are designed to clean debris and heavily soiled areas, as well as liquids or spills. These vacuums allow for quicker cleanup when there is a big mess or accident. Many different options are available such as a front mounted squeegee and a wand extension.

Ideal wet / dry vacuum uses:

    •  Carpeted areas
    •  General cleaning
    •  Spills / liquid
    •  Renovation / remodel clean up
    •  Industrial uses



When selecting a commercial vacuum for your business, you’ll get better results if you take these applications into consideration. If you’re still unsure which vacuum type is right for you, Powell has a team of specialists to help. They’ll answer your questions and help you decide which vacuum is the best fit for your business.

Need help selecting a vacuum? Call the Powell Company at 1-800-472-0039.

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