The different types of vacuum cleaners used by businesses

As the owner or manager of a business, it is most often your responsibility to order any supplies or equipment necessary for the production or day-to-day operations of your business. Are you currently looking for a vacuum cleaner? Oddly enough, many people don’t really understand the difference between a commercial vacuum cleaner and a vacuum cleaner intended for home use. They are often far apart, so it’s up to you to figure out exactly what you need before ordering something that just won’t do the job. Let’s take a brief look at the different types of vacuum cleaners used by businesses.

1. Small handhelds for cleaning stains and small areas

Not all businesses will need a heavy vacuum as you would see in large industrial plants. These are often large units that can pick up literally hundreds of feet of dirt, metal shavings, wood chips, or any other by-product produced during the manufacturing process. A small handheld vacuum cleaner is exactly as the name suggests. Typically, a small portable unit runs on battery power, but some models are also hardwired. Restaurants, for example, use a small handheld to clean cubicles and other areas that need quick spot cleaning.

2. Large heavy industrial vacuum cleaners

On the opposite end of the spectrum would be a large heavy-duty industrial vacuum cleaner. As mentioned, these are most often used in the manufacturing process and can be operated both automatically and manually. If your current heavy-duty vacuum cleaner is irreparably broken or you need one with greater capacities, consult with vacuum cleaner manufacturers specializing in large industrial units.

3. Canister vacuums

Most often used to clean carpets in offices or waiting rooms, canister vacuums are usually corded. These are used for lighter work and very rarely used in production. You can find canister vacuums that are equipped with a HEPA filter, HEPA for High Efficiency Particulate Air filter. Some canister vacuums also use water to filter out particles, but this style is not often used in commercial environments.

4. Wet / dry vacuums

Again, this type of vacuum cleaner is not often used in an industrial environment. They can be used in a business if spills are frequent. Whether it’s vacuuming a carpet or cleaning up a spill, wet / dry vacuums are usually corded. Keep in mind that after cleaning up a spill it will be necessary to drain the liquid or it can create a rather unpleasant odor. Before using a wet / dry vacuum, learn how to use it for both wet and dry applications.

5. Upright vacuums

Much like canister vacuums, upright vacuums are often used in businesses to clean floors and carpets in offices, waiting rooms and other areas, but rarely in production. An upright vacuum can be the type for use with bags, but among the most popular are the bagless varieties. These can simply be emptied, but will also require a filter to prevent dust from flying out.

The most important thing to remember when buying a vacuum cleaner for your business is to get the type that will do the job that you need.

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