There have been some great innovations in the types of vacuums that have come onto the vacuum market in recent years. Vacuum manufacturers are starting to listen to commercial cleaning companies and model new vacuum cleaners to fill niches for specific vacuum cleaning tasks.
What would be the perfect vacuum cleaner? The perfect vacuum would be different for certain types of vacuum cleaner tasks but might cross over into other areas of vacuuming if needed.
The biggest trend in vacuums in the past few years is weight. Lighter vacuum cleaners reduce strain on the operator and are easier to maneuver.
The problem with a lightweight vacuum is that when you reduce weight, you also reduce the power of the vacuum cleaner by utilizing a smaller motor and weaker components.
As new technologies have entered the vacuum market in recent years, we see a trend in more efficient and smaller motors that yield the same power as the motor of 10 years ago. As vacuum cleaner manufacturers perfect these latest technologies, vacuum cleaners will get lighter without losing brush speed and suction power.
Vacuum maneuverability is a key issue in the commercial cleaning world. In the commercial cleaning industry, labor dollars have to be cut to make the same profits of years past due to fierce competition and the flood of new commercial cleaning companies to the cleaning market.
The speed at which cleaning company employees can clean a building and maintain a high level of quality is becoming a huge factor in running an efficient cleaning operation. One tool that commercial cleaning companies are utilizing to aid in labor savings is the cordless backpack unit.
Until now, battery power and weight have downplayed the role of the cordless vacuum cleaner. With new lighter weight and more powerful batteries, these units can be developed that rival their plug-in cousins.
The ability to vacuum quickly without dealing with a 100-foot cord is now a reality. New backpacks have come to the vacuum market with incredible tote power, packing just a few extra pounds over the standard 120-volt plug-in backpack vacuum.
Commercial cleaning employees can now vacuum the same area over 70% of the original time it took the old plug-in vacuums.
These new rechargeable backpack units cost a little more in start-up costs but will save commercial cleaning company owners a lot of money in employee labor savings. The biggest name in backpack vacuums is Proteam vacuum which has pioneered new cutting-edge units for the commercial cleaning industry.
Noise has always been an issue when vacuuming in public areas. The old trend for vacuuming populated areas during business hours has been to use a mechanical sweeper vacuum, sometimes called a hokey.
These smaller units work great on extremely small and light debris but lack the power and suction to complete the task with perfect results. The latest trend in mechanical sweepers is to eliminate the word mechanical and add the word vacuum.
New sweepers are emerging in the lobby and restaurant markets and are packing quite a punch. These new rechargeable electric sweepers are ideal for picking up wet or dry debris, running up to 2 hours on a single charge. They have the option of multiple batteries with recharging units for extended use. Some of the main manufacturers of vacuums are Proteam, Hoover, Eureka, Bissel, and Dirt Devil.