In a previous blog post, we discussed the benefits of vacuuming hard floors. If you have decided to use a vacuum to clean your hard floors, you will need to figure out what type of machine will work best for your needs. A traditional household vacuum may be sufficient for homes and one-room offices, but you may need something more for your office building, school, or other facility. Here are some tips to help you choose the right vacuum for hard floors.
Types of Vacuums for Hard Floors
The best vacuums for hard floors are backpack vacuums with HEPA filtration. These machines are designed to improve air quality by eliminating as many particulates from the floor and the air as possible. Backpack vacuums are great for classrooms and offices where cleaners have to navigate their way around furniture, doorways, and awkward angles. These models are lightweight to provide maximum productivity and cleaning efficiency.
Canister vacuums and central models are also great for vacuuming hard floors if you are working in an open space. These machines will not do well in tight corners, but they are great for clearing a large area in a short amount of time. Consider the area you are trying to vacuum when you consider the type of equipment you want to invest in.
Vacuum Accessories for Hard Floors
If you do not want to invest in a new vacuum for your hard floors, you may consider purchasing vacuum accessories to make your standard vacuum better suited for hard surfaces. The types of accessories you buy will depend on the model of vacuum you have. Research hard floor vacuum accessories and resilient floor tools to convert your existing equipment into a hard floor cleaning machine.
Note that vacuum hose heads that are not designed for hard floors could scratch or damage your flooring. Be careful about which nozzles you use on your hard flooring so you do not cost yourself more money in repairs.
Keep Noise Levels in Mind
When using a vacuum for hard floors, consider the noise levels the machine puts out. Some vacuums are designed to be quiet, but even those models can be considered disturbing in some public settings. It is always best to perform your vacuuming after your hours of operation so you do not disturb your guests. If that is not possible, you will need to make sure that the machines used in your building are not too loud or too distracting. You may be better off using sweeping and mopping for day to day cleaning, and then you can use a vacuum once a week for deep cleaning and touch-ups.
Battery powered backpack vacuums are fairly quiet, and they are great for productivity and efficiency levels. Think about this when assessing your cleaning options for hard floors, and you’re sure to find the perfect solution for your building.