How to Choose the Right Commercial Backpack Vacuum for Your Facility?

Backpack vacuums are a commercial cleaner’s bread and butter. They are relatively cheaper than industrial sized vacuums, easy to use and manoeuvre in tight spaces and are incredibly efficient. So, what should you be looking out for when buying a commercial backpack vacuum cleaner for your facility?


  1. Wattage vs. Suction Power


A popular misconception is that a high wattage means high suction. Wattage simply means how much energy is consumed in the running of your vacuum. This does not indicate anything to do with the power or performance of your vacuum. So, what is suction and how is it an indicator of a high performing vacuum?

  • Vacuum Suction: Is often referred to as water lift or vacuum. The higher the suction, the greater the chances your vacuum is removing dirt, dust, and unwanted particles from surfaces. Therefore, a high suction power vacuum cleaner is more effective in getting rid of dirt and grime hidden in your floors. While other low suction vacuums can remove the appearance of dust, it may not be removing as much as you would like.


  1. Air Flow


Another key indicator of a great vacuum is the power of the airflow. This is often referred to as CFM, which is the measurement of the volume of air being displaced in a vacuum system in cubic feet per minute or litres per second. Airflow is what moves the dirt along, that the suction has picked up. It is common for corded vacuums to have a higher airflow then battery vacuums however there are some exceptions.


  1. HEPA Filter


HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) is a type of pleated mechanical air filter. These filters remove at least 99.97% of particles of 0.3 microns. HEPA vacuums are recommended for minimizing dust, dander, and other common allergens in facilities. This is particularly key in healthcare facilities.


  1. Type of Commercial Vacuums:


Backpack Vacuums

From blinds, bookcases, cubicles to all kinds of nooks and crannies in your facility, it is a lot easier now to get to those spaces that have been unreachable with a standard upright vacuum. The backpack vacuum is meant to be comfortable and easy to use for all commercial cleaners. Backpack vacuums should be lightweight and suited to someone after a quick, effective cleaning process. Even public transport cleaning is easier with the manoeuvrability of the backpack vacuum. Backpack vacuums are perfect for offices, schools, universities, and public transport. When picking a backpack vacuum cleaner, you want to make sure it is powerful and robust, is lightweight for the user and has a considerate run time so that you aren’t waiting for it to charge for long period of time. The Surevac Stormpac is a great example of a dry backpack vacuum cleaner that has a continuous 45 minute run and charge time, see more about the stormpac here


Wet-Dry Vacuums

No need for multiple machines to clean wet and dry areas with wet and dry vacuum. Wet/dry vacuums are perfect for cleaning up construction and renovation sites where floors get stripped, refinished, and cleaned. Wet/ dry vacuums are brilliant for cleaning both wet and dry floors. However, wet and dry vacuums come with a more expensive price tag as traditionally vacuum cleaners are made just for dry cleaning purposes such as picking up debris or dust.


Upright Vacuums

One of the most popular models of vacuum on the market both domestic and commercially is the Upright Vacuum. Manoeuvrability can be awkward in smaller spaces however they tend to be easy to use and relatively lightweight, depending on the motor. Commercial upright vacuums can come in either single motor or double motor systems and either would suit a commercial cleaning company looking for a diverse vacuum system to clean a variety of facilities. A key consideration for any commercial cleaner should be cord length of corded vacuums and the power of a battery vacuum. If you choose a corded vacuum, ensure that you have enough length to reduce the amount of stop-start cleaning.


Canister Vacuums

Great for cleaning under furniture, stairways and other tight quarters. Often fitted with wheels for easy moving and a wand and hose to reach spaces with debris and dust. Canister vacuums are often quieter than the standard upright vacuums, they are often used in noise sensitive areas like hospitals and healthcare facilities.


In summary, choosing the right vacuum cleaner for your facility really depends on how much you’re willing to spend, if you need a backpack or upright vacuum and what facilities you will be using the cleaner. We suggest you do you research, talk to specialists in the industry and get product demonstrations so you know you’ll have peace of mind.

Talk to Abco Products – your local supplier of commercial cleaning supplies in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to get a demonstration of the Stormpac Vacuum cleaner today.

We have been providing contract cleaners and facility manager with environmentally sustainable cleaning products, powerful industrial cleaning supplies and commercial cleaning equipment for over 20 years. For information about our commercial cleaning consumables or machinery, please call us on 1800 177 399 or email us on

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