Choosing a vacuum
Choose your vacuum based on how it will be used (type of surface to be cleaned, type and amount of dirt that needs to be vacuumed, etc.) in addition to user preferences. Also consider the size of thea rea to be cleaned and the manpower available to do the work, along with the vacuum’s weight and ergonomics, manoeuvrability, durability and ease of maintenance.
Main types of vacuums
Fastest, most efficient and most ergonomic way to pick up dry debris. User works in a neutral position, which increases mobility while reducing strain and risk of injury. Often offers more options for accessories and working methods for different applications (hard surfaces, carpets, overhead cleaning, etc.).
Designed for vacuuming dry debris. Fits most maintenance trolleys for easy transporting. Ideal for hard surfaces. Can also be used for cleaning carpets with the addition of optional tools.
Mechanical rotary brush offers better cleaning on carpets. Available with single or dual motors. Single motor models are generally lighter because the same motor drives both the suction fan and the brush head. Dual motor models have separate motors for suction fan and brush head and are often used in larger vacuums
and/or for vacuuming high pile carpets.
Vacuums both wet and dry debris. Generally used in industrial settings, restaurants or building lobbies.
Growing in popularity because their safer operation increases productivity per hour. Ideal for cleaning hard-to-access areas such as stairs and elevators. Cordless operations means no backtracking to manoeuvre around obstacles. Power and runtime vary by model and brand.