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2 Best Vacuums For Cleaning Businesses

As a cleaning business owner, you know how important floors are in maintaining a clean workplace for your clients. The appearance of a company’s carpet and floors can have lasting impressions for a company’s reputation. Having the right vacuums for cleaning commercial carpet and flooring will keep your customers happy and at the same time make your job easier. Commercial cleaning companies should know the pros and cons of backpack and upright vacuums, the differences between the two and being able to choose which vacuum is right for their commercial cleaning business.

2 Must Have Vacuums For Commercial Cleaning

Backpack Vacuums

Backpack vacuums have not been around as long as upright vacuums, but have become the vacuum of choice for most commercial cleaning companies since they were invented in 1987. Known for their ergonomic designs and speed, they are much faster at cleaning commercial carpets than a traditional upright vacuum. In fact, according to a time and motion study by the American Institute For Cleaning Sciences, back pack vacuums have the ability to clean twice the square footage an hour than an upright vacuum. A commercial backpack vacuum ultimately saves cleaning companies time on labor and can pass these savings to their customers. But, is this the best vacuum for the health and appearance of floors in commercial facilities? Let’s take a deeper look at how well they clean or read 5 reasons why commercial cleaners use backpack vacuums.

Backpack vacuums used for commercial cleaning have two goals: Efficiency and Results. Most backpack vacuums available on the market are fitted with HEPA filters which can help improve indoor air quality. Mosquito’s backpack vacuum comes with different attachments that can clean everything from upholstery to vents. This will allow your company to remove dust, not just from floors, but many hard-to-reach areas once considered not accessible with a vacuum cleaner. In fact, many companies are now adding high dust removal as an add on service to their commercial customers. Prior to backpack vacuums these high and hard to reach areas were dusted with a broom or a dusting tool that would end up re suspending the dust into the air. Now you can completely remove the dust by vacuuming these surfaces while standing from the ground. Here is an example:

Upright Vacuums

Unlike the ergonomic design of a backpack vacuum, upright vacuums tend to be slower, heavier and less versatile. A traditional backpack vacuum weights about 10.5 lbs. and an upright vacuum weigh on average 18lbs. This is significant for the person who is doing the vacuuming. Backpack vacuums get along edges and underneath desks without the cleaner having to bend over or work harder to reach. Though most vacuum manufactures now have Hepa filters for upright vacuums your labor cost will still be higher with an upright vacuum. So, If upright vacuums are more labor intensive why do companies still use them for commercial cleaning? It comes down to the type of carpet you are vacuuming.

Most commercial upright vacuums have a rotating brush on the bottom which makes it ideal for pulling dirt out of high pile carpet. Since most commercial spaces have low pile carpet this will not be something used daily unless a facility has entrance way mats. Entrance way mats and high pile carpet are times an upright vacuum will outperform a backpack vacuum for both efficiency and results. Since many facilities try and implement entrance way mats into their maintenance program it would be wise to always keep one in the janitor’s closet.

Conclusion: Both backpack and upright vacuums both serve a purpose. A commercial cleaning company that uses the appropriate vacuum for each type of flooring they clean is key to keeping your customer happy. Quality upright and backpack vacuums both retail between $400 and $700 dollars for commercial use. We recommend cleaning business owners have both. Not sure what type of mop to use for commercial cleaning?


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