Choosing the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Household Cleaning
by Jim Jones
With so many vacuum cleaners on the market today how can a consumer know what one to buy for house cleaning purposes? It is never easy to sort out the pros and cons but that is an excellent starting point to begin the search for the best vacuum. I have researched the market and spent many hours pondering which machine would be the best. I wrote a list of what was important to me before researching what was available. I did not do the research because I love vacuum cleaners but instead because I use and depend on them everyday in our cleaning business. Vacuum cleaners come in two basic types as most people know an upright and a canister. In today’s market some vacuum cleaner companies make a backpack vacuum, which as the name suggests is a vacuum that straps to your back. A few homecleaning service companies use a backpack vacuum but that is not a usual choice for a home owners use. Why carry a vacuum on your back when there is no need to? The canister vacuum will go places that no upright vacuum will. So I narrowed my search down to canister vacuums. My research brought to light one brand of vacuum that consistently scored higher than the rest and most of the time at the number one spot.
What was important to me were several criteria. First, the machine must do an excellent job picking up dirt, dust, and debris. As you can imagine, our customers would be upset if their floors were not clean after we completed our work. Second, the machine should be durable and dependable. I have used machines that are a waste time because the belts break frequently or the hose clogs easily. Third, the vacuum must be light. Home cleaning is a physically challenging endeavor especially when doing several in a day. Usually cleaning the floor is the most physical part of our daily work. Many people purchase the wrong machine for home use. Little or no thought went into how difficult it would be to lift the heavy machine they own to the second and third floors. Pushing a heavy vacuum around from room to room can be a drag if the machine is too heavy. Forth, ease of use was important to me. Bending over to wrap a cord up every time you are done is not what I would consider for a vacuum cleaner as easy to use, especially when there are other options available. Fifth, good vacuums come with a HEPA filter. If you suffer from asthma or allergies a HEPA filter will keep your air clean. I can still remember, as a child, the smell of dirt and dust in the air after mom was done vacuuming around our home. All professional house cleaning service companies use machine with true HEPA filtration.
To recap write down what is important to you when looking for a vacuum cleaner. Then find the models that have the features you are looking for. Finally compare the different models and search for the one that comes out on or at the top of the scoring most often. Better vacuums will cost more but will pay for themselves by giving you a better job and will be easier to use.
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