Whether you are in the market for a new commercial vacuum cleaner or thinking about the lifespan of your current model, there are some factors to consider. Commercial industrial vacuum cleaners are bigger and sturdier than their residential counterparts, so they will last longer and perform better.
But while commercial vacuum cleaners are stronger than residential ones, they are not as invincible as some may think. Here are four common myths around commercial vacuum cleaners and tips for getting the most out of your unit.
Myth 1: Certain Special Vacuums Won’t Lose Suction
A motorized fan generates the suction in your vacuum cleaner. The fan pulls the dirt through the hose and into the bag or canister. To keep the air flowing at optimal suction, the bags need to be emptied, and the filters must be cleaned at a regular interval per the manufacturer. No matter how expensive the model, every vacuum requires regular maintenance to keep it working at its best.
Myth 2: Only Replace the Belt if it’s Broken
The vacuum belt connects the brush roller and the motor pulley, collecting dirt to deposit in the bag or canister. For optimal performance, the belt should be taut, but it naturally stretches out over time, loosening the tension and limiting the suction. The best practice is to replace the belt per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Myth 3: Vacuums Don’t Need to be Serviced
Like a car, or any other machine, your vacuum needs to be serviced regularly, or it will be run into the ground. The dirt, dust, hair, and other debris that the vacuum picks up sits in the canister and coats all moving parts. Vacuums should be cleaned and serviced regularly (usually every 12-24 months).
Myth 4: Any Vacuum Will Do for my Needs
There are lots of different types of vacuums, and each is suited for different types of spaces and needs:
- Upright: For general purpose
- Canister: For stairs, under furniture, moving around obstacles
- Backpack: For longer periods of vacuuming
- Handheld: For detail cleaning in small or hard-to-reach areas
- Wet/Dry: For disaster/accident cleanup, construction, etc.
Another consideration is whether your needs are more suited to a bag or bagless filtration style. Some commercial vacuum cleaners also have a HEPA filter which removes many allergens and particles from the air.
The shape, size, ability, and maintenance needs of commercial vacuum cleaners have not changed a whole lot over the years, even if some like to make it seem as if they have invented a new technology. If you are curious about which commercial vacuum will best suit your needs, call Roy Turk today, and we would be happy to help.