The Ins & Outs of Vacuums

by Lawton Brothers | Nov 28, 2016

Arguably one of the most genius inventions ever, the vacuum has become a cleaning staple in homes and businesses all over the world. It is also not entirely clear who actually invented the first one. The first patent that we know of for a “sweeping machine” in 1869 was made by Ives McGaffey. However, it wasn’t until 1907 that William Hoover brought us the first bag-on-a-stick upright vacuum cleaner in Ohio. Although the exact origin of the vacuum cleaner is unknown, one thing is for sure and that is that they make a huge contribution to the janitorial industry. They are a wonderful tool that if used properly can do wonders for business, but if used poorly can severely damage time management and budgets.

As you would expect, the vacuum that is used in a standard home is not the same kind of vacuum that should be used for heavy cleaning in large buildings. There are hundreds of types of vacuums but the main concern for professional cleaning services is choosing between consumer and commercial vacuums. The choice seems obvious, if you are using a vacuum for large commercial work then you need a commercial vacuum and if you are just needing one for your home then you need a consumer vacuum. But as it turns out, big companies are penny pinching when it comes to vacuums. This mistake could end up costing them more in the long run. Skimping on commercial vacuums could have a negative effect on the cleanliness and health of those in contact with the building, potentially hurt the company’s reputation, and damage the budget. All while taking far too long to complete the vacuum job at hand.

So what do you need to know before you purchase a commercial vacuum?

Commercial vacuums are designed to run for a longer amount of time and more frequently than regular consumer vacuums. Because they were built for heavy usage, they will not require repairs as frequently as consumer vacuums used in commercial settings. It is important to remember that it is more cost effective to spend the money and purchase a quality machine rather than spending more money later on vacuum repairs.
“It’s not productive to buy the cheap stuff unless you like to repair vacuum cleaners in your spare time,” said Bill Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services Inc., Seattle.

Do some research and strive to find the best commercial vacuum that can get the job done well and without any extra hassle. Avoid buying the shiniest and newest model of commercial vacuum just because it is on sale or is being promoted to be the best. If you plan on investing in a machine that is worth your time and money, put some time in before you spend your money. It could save you big bucks down the road.

There are many features of commercial vacuums that make the work of vacuuming large, populated spaces much easier. Things such as longer cords, bigger bags, and a lighter load make vacuuming large areas that take a stronger beating than residential homes so much easier and actually clean more effectively. The bigger the vacuum, the bigger the mess it can clean up. Commercial vacuums also increase the speed at which a vacuum job can be done.

By increasing the speed at which an area is vacuumed, it gives janitorial staff more time to complete other tasks and eventually increases overall productivity. Not having to unplug and plug in again or empty bags more frequently allows the person doing the vacuuming to get the job done faster and move on. Vacuums are rather noisy and distracting so the faster the vacuuming is completed, the happier those around the vacuuming are.

Spending the time researching what kind of commercial vacuum is needed for a job and paying for quality machinery could actually enhance business and profitability. Do not skimp on machinery when it comes to cleaning equipment. If it does not clean effectively, then it is not doing your company any service. Commercial vacuum cleaners are worth it when it comes to doing a commercial job.
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