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Commercial Carpet Cleaning Tip #2, Vacuum Cleaners

I new I would regret this post, but I did say I would discuss vacuum cleaners for carpet cleaning, which are critical to keeping your commercial carpet clean and looking good

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Vacuuming carpets clean can also improve your facilities indoor air quality and reduce dust accumulation on fixtures and surfaces.

One the other hand – poor vacuum cleaners are a waste of your time and money, and will not get your carpet clean, so pay attention.

First, you should vacuum frequently, as frequently as your carpet needs it.

If you have lots of traffic in a busy office for example, you will want to vacuum much more than a quiet office with little traffic.  Remember, by vacuuming you are getting carpets clean of 80% of the dry non-sticky dirt and dust that is in your carpet.  This is you doing carpet cleaning.  You don’t want dirt, dust and grit in your carpets because it acts like sandpaper causing carpet fiber damage and wear.

Next, you should vacuum carpets properly.

What’s proper?   “Slow and methodical.”   Watch how most people vacuum – fast and furious – which is not enabling your vacuum to have time to lift the soil from carpets.   The weaker the vacuum, the slower you need to go.  The dirtier the carpet, the slower you need to go – and more frequent passes.  For most commercial carpets, assuming a capable vacuum, a slow forward, then reverse pass should do.  This is how to clean carpets with a vacuum cleaner.

Now let’s talk about the vacuum cleaner machines that should be considered to get your carpet clean and hard floors too.

There are all kinds, sizes and types of vacuums.  The main thing is you want one that is going to be trouble free, and clean well, without blowing dust and particulate back into the air.  Your vacuum based carpet cleaning task will pay for itself in many ways with a good vacuum.

 I highly recommend using only HEPA type vacuums to get best overall results in your facility.  These capture the smallest particlate in the vacuum, which would otherwise get spewed back into the air.  Most HEPA vacuums are labeled as such.

The Carpet & Rug Institute reviews, tests and publishes what they consider to be to vacuums for commercial settings.  I can’t vouch for any of these personally, but I would believe it’s more credible than most sources.  I’ve provided the CRI’s table of top commercial ‘upright’ vacuums below.

 

Gold Level Gold Level
Model/Configuration Usage/Type Provider/Manufacturer
 CleanMax ZM-400 CleanMax ZM-400
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Clean Max – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 CleanMax ZM-600 CleanMax ZM-600
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Clean Max – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Hoover C1320 Hoover C1320
12″ Lightweight Commercial Upright with a HEPA Filtration inner bag that traps 99.97% of dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns, Gore-Tex® Outer Bag and 40′ Cord with Quick Cord Replacement
Commercial
Upright
Hoover Company
Glenwillow, OH
800-944-9200
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 Riccar RSL1AC Riccar RSL1AC
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Riccar – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Riccar RSL3C Riccar RSL3C
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Riccar – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Riccar RSL5C Riccar RSL5C
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Riccar – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Royal M1058 - M1058Z and CR5158 - CR5158Z Royal M1058 – M1058Z and CR5158 – CR5158Z
18 All-Metal Upright Direct Motor System
Commercial
Upright
Royal Appliance Manufacturing, Co.
Glenwillow, OH
800-321-1134
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 Royal M1059Z Royal M1059Z
18″ All-Metal Upright Direct Motor System
Commercial
Upright
Royal Appliance Manufacturing, Co.
Glenwillow, OH
800-321-1134
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 Royal MRY6500 Royal MRY6500
12″ lightweight commercial upright with a RoyalAire Filtration inner bag that traps 99.9% of all particles as small as 5 microns, Gore-Tex® Outer Bag and 40′ Cord with Quick Cord Replacement
Commercial
Upright
Royal Appliance Manufacturing, Co.
Glenwillow, OH
800-321-1134
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 Rubbermaid 9VUL-12 Rubbermaid 9VUL-12
With Micro-Fresh paper inner bag; SMS cloth bag
Commercial
Upright
Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
Winchester, VA
866-524-2533
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 Simplicity 3300C Simplicity 3300C
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Simplicity – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Simplicity 3500C Simplicity 3500C
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Simplicity – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Simplicity F3700C Simplicity F3700C
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Simplicity – Div. Tacony Corporation
Fenton, MO
636-349-3000
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 Tennant Lightweight V-LWU-13 Tennant Lightweight V-LWU-13
With type F synthetic inner bag; cloth outer bag
Commercial
Upright
Tennant Co.
Minneapolis, MN
800-553-8033
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I prefer backpacks to uprights, just because you can get higher production levels with them, and research reveals these are highly effective on most commercial carpets even though they have no beater bar like uprights.  Plus they are more versatile with reaching shelves, under desks, etc.   I would consider ‘weight’ however, because they can begin to feel heavier if used for a long period.  Also a large catch bag is better than a small one.

Check out these top rated Backpack vacuums floor cleaning, rug cleaning and carpet cleaning.

 

Gold Level Gold Level
Model/Configuration Usage/Type Provider/Manufacturer
 Everest Everest
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 MegaVac MegaVac
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 ProTeam Sierra w/Electric Power Nozzle ProTeam Sierra w/Electric Power Nozzle
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 Super CoachVac Super CoachVac
Micro Lined Inner Bag with XOver Performance Floor Tool
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 Super CoachVac HEPA Super CoachVac HEPA
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 Super QuarterVac Super QuarterVac
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 Super QuarterVac HEPA Super QuarterVac HEPA
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
ProTeam
Boise, ID
800-541-1456
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 Triple S Speedster 1000H Triple S Speedster 1000H
Micro Lined Inner Bag
Commercial
Backpack
Triple S
Billerica, MA
800-323-2251
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Cleaning carpets with a good vacuum cleaner is worth your research.  I do think some vacuums seem overpriced, but even so if it performs well, it is probably worth every penny.

And one other last note – for residential I would make the same considerations discussed above.

However it is true that a ‘whole house’ vacuum system with the canister located outside your home is often a superior way to ensure that dust, allergens and particulate will no be recycled back into your home.

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