Commercial vacuums provide durability, superior power and are built to be used for all day and night use. While they tend to be bigger and sturdier than your typical household vacuum, they are designed for heavy usage and usually have long, commercial power cords, which help your property operate safely.
Vacuum Cleaner Types
Upright - All around, general purpose
The most traditional vacuum, upright vacuums have a motorized, rotating brush, making them well-suited for lifting dirt out of carpets and most can adapt to hard floors as well. Upright vacuums will use a bag or canister on the handle and come with long cord. Upright vacuum cleaners are great for hotel rooms, and ideal for cleaning large areas quickly. Some models will include an array of attachments such as wands and crevice tools to clean tight spaces. The size of an upright vacuum is ideal for when you’re moving from room to room and don’t necessarily have the space to fumble with a canister vacuum.
Backpack - Large areas, general purpose
Worn over the shoulders, these vacuums tend to be lightweight and easy to carry. Backpack vacuums are ideal for customers that need the freedom to cover large areas quickly and efficiently and usually has the longest cord of all vacuum types. With a backpack vacuum, the canister portion is worn on the back and allows the users to be hands-free, making it easy to move furniture around as the room is cleaned. A quality backpack vacuum will include HEPA filter, which will catch 99% of airborne dust with ease.
Canister - Under chairs & tables, stairs as well
Canister vacuums are another type of full-size vacuum. The motor and dirt bin are contained in a wheeled housing. With a wand and flexible hose, canister vacuums are great for cleaning under chairs and tables. While they are not as ideal as other options, canister vacuums tend to be quieter than other units and are more maneuverable than upright vacuums.
You will want to use the manufacturer recommended filters and follow their guidelines when replacing them. Try to avoid buying the cheapest filters you canfind, generally they won’t last as long or work as well as high-quality ones
HEPA (High-efficiency particulate air) Filters
What are they? HEPA filters can remove up to 99.99% of all air particles, down to 0.3 microns. They are quickly becoming a standard in many municipalities
Reasons to consider a HEPA filter unit
• Most airborne disease and infection in the hospitality industry comes from a foot traffic
• Promotes high indoor air quality
• Helps protect from allergies and asthma
• Peace of mind for your employees and guests
Cloth Filters work well in large vacuums that need to pick up larger and normal-size particles. They are heavy-duty, last longer, can be washed, and reused.
Cartridge Filters – This type is typically disposable and can be reused after thoroughly cleaning them by tapping off the dust. When the dust and dirt still cling to the filter after tapping, it’s time to replace it. Cartridge filters can serve as primary or secondary and are made from different types of materials.
Features to Consider
Weight - Lightweight is almost always better for the user, especially if the unit is transported to multiple floors. Reduced strain on the user, easy to lift and easier maneuverability are all benefits of lighter vacuums.
Bag/Canister Capacity - The larger the capacity, the less often it will need to be emptied or changed. Smaller capacities can lead to more downtime and labor expenses as well as operating costs for smaller bagged units.
Multi-Surface - Properties with hard floors should consider a unit that can handle them easily.
Uprights are usually the best choice for this and there are many newer models that adjust to the different surfaces automatically.
Height Adjustment - Manual or automatic, this will improve the vacuum’s effectiveness for carpets with thicker vs. shorter piles.
Roller Brush Type - Brush Roll is the roller that agitates the carpet to loosen and remove dirt. Motor-powered roller brushes give more agitation for a deeper clean than suction-powered rollers. Vacuums that let you turn the brush roll on and off help you avoid
spreading dirt out across hard floors.
Easy On/Off - Look for a vacuum that has an easy-to-access and figure out to increase time efficiency.
Noise Level - For hospitality, vacuum noise is unavoidable. This does not mean that all vacuums are created equal when it comes to level of noise. Noise level is measured in decibels (dBA) and normal human conversation hovers around or below 55 dBA. If you need a quiet unit, look for one under 70 dBA.
Cord Length - Whlie most commercial units have cords at least 30’ long, some properties will want to consider a unit with an extralong cord. Particularly if power outlets are sparse or when cleaning larger areas.