Vacuum Cleaners 101
Are You Thinking of Buying a new Vacuum Cleaner?
With all the different styles, models and choices available the prospects of shopping for a new vacuum cleaner
can be a bit overwhelming. Armed with some information and a few simple tips your vacuum shopping should
be much easier. The first and most important question you must ask yourself is “What type of floors will I be
cleaning?”. Do I need a vacuum for cleaning bare surfaces like hardwood, laminate and tile or do I need a
vacuum only to clean carpet and rugs? Perhaps I need a vacuum to clean all types of flooring? Here are a few
simple tips to keep in mind.
Canister Verses Upright Vacuums
Upright and canister vacuums are actually two different tools for two different jobs. Upright vacuums are well suited for use on carpet and rugs but generally are ineffective on bare floors. Canister vacuums offer much more versatility for those with a combination of carpet and bare floors as they come with several attachments that will efficiently clean all flooring types.
Bagged Verses Bagless
The benefit of a bagless vacuum is obvious – you don’t have to purchase bags. However, you do have to purchase filters and some are quite costly. The dust bin needs to be dumped and cleaned after each use. If you have pets the dust bin may need emptying several times during your cleaning. A bagless vacuum should also have its filters washed and/or cleaned after each use and replaced frequently.
A bagged vacuum doesn’t require much maintenance. The dirt is conveniently contained within the bag for easy and clean disposal. The filters in a bagged vacuum don’t require as much maintenance as a bagless vacuum. A good quality vacuum that takes bags is a much cleaner system and better for those who suffer from allergies.
Quality Verses Price
A low quality vacuum usually isn’t efficient and are intended to be thrown away when parts break or wear out. Replacing a vacuum every year or two is not only hard on your wallet but also our environment. A better quality vacuum will last longer, is repairable and performs better for many years to come. As a result, your flooring will look better and last longer too.