How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Contract Cleaners & Facility Managers

While there are many vacuum cleaners on the market – it can be hard to know which vacuum cleaner is going to do the best job for your facility or business. Whether you are a contract cleaner, facility manager or even for domestic use, it is important to know when to invest in a quality product for the long term, continuous use and when you can use a standard vacuum.

Commercial cleaning supplies and equipment are continually developing to provide a deeper more effective clean for all facilities. Innovations in vacuum design and technology have provided contract cleaners with a vast array of options to choose which vacuum will do the job perfectly. So we have broken it down for you!

What Are the Types of Vacuum Cleaners?

Upright Vacuums

These vacuums are classic and are perfect for general purpose cleaning.

With either a bag or canister, cord or cordless these vacuums are perfect for general purpose cleaning in hotel rooms and other small spaces that still need a great clean. It is important to note however that single motor and duo motors will make a difference and are available for Upright Vacuums. If you are looking for a quieter vacuum that does the job then a single motor vacuum like the XP3/ Eco Upright Vacuum and the XP2 Eco Upright Vacuum are fantastic options.

Facilities that would benefit from the use of upright vacuums:

  • Classrooms
  • Hotel Rooms
  • Small Office Spaces
  • Small Businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • And many smaller areas that need a quick clean

Backpack Vacuums

Lightweight and Long Lasting!

These vacuums are designed for contract cleaners who need to continuously clean for long time periods. Hands-free design allows for contract cleaners to move furniture, cords and other objects easier and faster. The PacVac Superpro Battery Vacuum features a HEPA certified filter and lightweight design for greater functionality.

Facilities that would benefit from a backpack vacuum:

  • Offices
  • Education Facilities
  • Retail Facilities
  • Some Gym Facilities for hard to reach places
  • Small businesses
  • Any facility with cubicles, stairways and other tight quarters that need more versatile machines

Wide Area Vacuums

With powerful high motors, these wide-area vacuums are a little more expensive however these vacuums clean a large space faster and more efficiently. Providing overall greater productivity with their high-powered motors.

A great example is the Wide Area Vacuum – 70cm Cleaning Path Twin Motor featuring a four-stage clean-air filtration system, twin 1000 watt vacuum motors, this vacuum loosens dirt deep down and revives carpet pile.

Facilities That Benefit from Wide Area Vacuums:

  • Airports
  • Meeting and Ball Rooms
  • Broad Hallways
  • Hospitals
  • Conference Centres
  • Sports Centres
  • Shopping Centres

Wet/ Dry Vacuums

Wet and dry vacuums are industrial vacuums that are used to sweep up any type of mess, from dust and debris to liquids and spills. It is important to note the decibels of what wide-area vacuum you choose to ensure proper ear protection.

Cleaning moisture and soiled areas from floors are best resolved with a Wet/Dry Vacuum like the Numatic Wet/ Dry Dual Motor Vacuum. Powerful dual motors and tough construction make the wet/ dry vacuums the best choice for industrial cleaning contractors. These vacuums speed up floor stripping and refinishing.

Facilities That Benefit Wet/ Dry Vacuums:

  • Construction Sites
  • Renovation Sites
  • School Carpets
  • Large Corporate Buildings
  • Any facility that requires removing debris and particles from heavy-duty jobs

Barrel Vacuums

Similar to the backpack vacuum however it is on the ground and has wheels, a barrel vacuum is a great tool for any contract cleaner. It is lightweight, flexible and highly manoeuvrable, unlike some upright vacuums. These vacuums are perfect for cleaning under furniture and staircases and fit in tight spaces. These vacuums tend to also be quieter than most upright vacuums.

The i-Vac C06 240V Barrel Vacuum is perfect for many spaces both commercial and domestic with its ability to clean cabinet and wardrobes spaces as well as hotel rooms and educational facilities.

Facilities that Benefit From Barrel Vacuums:

  • Hospitals
  • Hotel Rooms
  • Educational Facilities
  • Some Gym Facilities – to get behind equipment and clean easily and effectively
  • Small Office Spaces

Bagless Vs Bagged Vacuums

Here are some things to think about when buying an industrial vacuum cleaner for any cleaning business.

Firstly, continuously replacing dirty vacuum bags can be expensive but reduce the frequency of filter maintenance. Secondly, emptying a bagless vacuum can be messy so it may not be the best option for people with asthma.



      Reduced Filter Maintenance       Less Waste
      The dust is contained when bad is removed       Cost-Efficient – No cost for regular bags
     Cost of bags      Additional filters to be cleaned & replaced
    Less Eco-Friendly      Emptying Canisters can be a dusty job

Cordless Vs. Corded Vacuums



     More Suction power       Easy manoeuvrability
      Does not require a battery to charge       Lighter and easy to store
     Reliant on PowerPoint connection     The filter needs regular cleaning and changing
     Limited by cord length      Not as powerful as a Corded vacuum

What is HEPA?

HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) refers to filters that have been tested and certified to remove a high number of microscopic particulates. Not all vacuums were created equal and it is largely due to a HEPA filter. A greater HEPA rating ensures that if you are concerned about allergens in the air and other such particles a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filtration.

Watch: How to Use the Columbus XP2 Upright Vacuum

When it comes to the best industrial cleaning supplies, with a range of environmentally friendly commercial cleaning chemicals, Abco Products have been supplying commercial cleaners and facility managers for over 20 years with the best products for any need and facility. Contact us today on 1800 177 399 or see more of our products here!

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