My wife and I were shopping for new carpet. I am always amazed by how little the people who sell carpet actually know about cleaning carpet. When you compare it to any other item you purchase, it really is kind of puzzling. If you buy a car, the dealer has an entire segment of its business that is dedicated to servicing the product is sells. (service is the profit center for most car dealers) But when it comes to flooring and carpet, knowing how to maintain and clean it is almost taboo. Read more
Carpet cleaning is big business. Millions of dollars are spend not only on cleaning dirty carpet, but replacing dirty carpet. Tons of waste material goes into landfills each year because carpeting is not maintained.
One question I get often is “What is the best vacuum cleaner?” After all, there are so many options. The real question should be, “Which vacuum is best for your needs?” The fact is that most vacuums on the market are “good vacuums” when put in the correct setting. And further more, most of them are effective at doing what they claim to do, suck dirt. Read more
There are some carpet cleaning methods that have become widely accepted but when broken down, just don’t make sense. Carpet cleaning, in my opinion, is one of them. Carpet is a difficult surface to keep clean. It is very dynamic and is actually an air filter for most buildings, capturing and holding a lot of microscopic debris from the air. It is estimated that the average carpet will double in weight over its lifetime because of accumulated soils. This makes all aspects of keeping it clean very important, but with the true nature of how carpet is made, we struggle to understand what is really going on when carpet is cleaned. In my last post, I discussed carpet cleaning chemicals and why more is really not Continue Reading
It seems getting stains out of carpet is a popular mystery. I was standing in line at a local grocery store today where there was a lady in front of me talking to the cashier about carpet cleaning. Her items included several carpet cleaning products, a bottle of vinegar, and a very puzzled look on her face.
She was explaining that she was trying to get some pet stains and odors out of her carpet. Both of them were passing tips back and forth that they had heard were good ways of cleaning carpets. It was obvious that they were both confused by all of the so-called “advice” that had been given. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to help, I jumped into the conversation with both feet and explained to them what was really going on. About 20 minutes later, they both thanked me for the information and the lady who was buying the products even followed me into the parking lot, continuing to ask questions. Read more
Don’t Backpack Vacuums Hurt Your Back?
When asked this question, I always have to laugh and tell my soon to be famous story of the lady that worked for me cleaning offices and her experience with backpack vacuums. She was constantly having back and arm pain. Each day she would groan when she would stand up and say “Oh! My back is killing me!” One day I asked if she had every tried a backpack vacuum. Well you would have thought that I had asked her to move an entire room of file cabinets. She said there was no way that her back would be able to withstand an entire shift with “that thing” on her back. Read more
I have always been told about the how dirty carpet causes damage to the structure of the carpet itself, but I had never actually seen it. While it just makes sense that abrasive soil and sand grind away at the plastic fibers, I am from Missouri and I have to see it for myself.
Using a microscope, I took some pictures of well used carpet. To put it lightly, I was amazed at what dirty carpet looked like up close. Jagged edges, debris, and broken fibers were prevalent through-out the entire carpet.
Vacuuming To Prevent Dirty Carpet
Keeping this kind of damage to a minimum starts with vacuuming. Not just any vacuuming but consistent, overall vacuuming.
Most people focus on the dirt they can see when vacuuming. It is best for the carpet to vacuum the entire area. Dirt gets trapped deep in the carpeting. As foot traffic pounds away, the dirt gets packed into the base of the carpeting. This forms a layer of dirt that grinds away at the carpet fibers. As the carpet fibers break, the overall appearance of the flooring is diminished. Therefore, the carpet is damaged, and damaged carpet cannot be fixed.
Regular vacuuming will keep this dirt from building up and add to the life of the carpet.
Choosing The Right Vacuum Cleaner
The performance and efficiency of your vacuum cleaner plays a key role in the life of your carpet. By using vacuums with higher air flow or cubic feet per minute and superior filtration, more dirt is removed from carpet. Any vacuum can pick up visible dirt. For the best results, use one that will get the dirt you cannot see.
There are many types of vacuum cleaners. It is personal preference and facility demands that decide which types you should consider when selecting a vacuum cleaner. On board tools and size are important to some but noise levels, capacity and portability may be important too others.
The important thing is to remember to use it often. Staying in control of the dirt is what makes any vacuuming program successful. Keep in mind, dirty carpet takes more vacuuming than you may think!
There are many choices on the market today for vacuum cleaners. Everything from the ultra light weight fancy (and expensive) models to having a central vacuum installed in your home. Through the years it seems that everyone has focused on cleaning the carpet, but what about the health and comfort of the user? Backpack vacuums improve indoor air quality while making cleaning comfortable. And they make it possible to clean in those hard to reach areas too!
I have been using a backpack vacuums for years both on the job and around my house. To be honest, I rarely use my uprights anymore because they are simply not as handy.
Here are just a few of the benefits of backpack vacuums:
More Effective at Removing Dirt From Carpet
With an upright vacuum you typically have a brush roller that agitates the carpet. This actually stirs up dust that escapes the vacuum of the machine. This goes into the air for you and your family to breathe. Backpack vacuums are almost always direct suction.
This is helpful in a couple of ways. It forms a better suction with the floor that allows much less dust and dirt back into the air. It also has no brush belts to replace. If there is a loose strand of carpet, it will not make it pull. The turning brush can wrap the yarn, pulling an un-repairable line across some types of carpet.
Much More Maneuverable
You can reach areas under and behind furniture very easily. Without having to stop and change brush heads or pull out a wand as you have to with upright vacuums. You will find yourself more apt to tackling additional tasks when it is easier.
Also, since there is no brush to grab those unknown objects, you don’t have to worry about damaging cords or other unseen obstacles. Around my house, Legos are fair game. If the backpack vacuum finds them before you do, they are gone.
You can also easily go from carpet to hard floors as well. This is a great advantage when tasked with cleaning different types of flooring. Stairs are also simple to clean!
You Can Vacuum More Than The Carpet
Since the motor and canister of the machine are kept comfortably out of the way, you are free to raise the light weight wand or hose up off the floor and reach places that you would typically need a ladder for.
Ceiling fans, plant ledges, light fixtures, vents and baseboards are just part of the process. No need for those dreaded full day projects. This helps to control even more dust and air pollution that goes unchecked with most other types of vacuums.
When you vacuum these areas rather than wiping them, you put less dust back into the air. Backpack vacuums improve indoor air quality simply by being able to get to the areas that normally don’t get cleaned.
Backpack Vacuums are Easier on You
Our backs and hips are designed to support weight. Our arms are not. When you are using an upright vacuum, you are pushing several pounds repeatedly in awkward directions. The result is sore arms, wrists, and even shoulders and back.
With the backpack, the weight of the machine is where we are suppose too support it, on our backs. Without the extra housing, wheels and handle that upright have, backpack vacuums weigh a lot less than you would think. Most are less than 10 pounds empty.
Because you only have to move the wand and hose, there is less risk of fatigue from repetitive motions. Moving less bulk also means less damaged walls and furniture as well.
If it is more comfortable to vacuum, you are likely to spend more time vacuuming, right? More vacuuming means less dirt. Less dirt means cleaner air.
Backpack Vacuums Improve Indoor Air Quality
Most have very efficient filtration systems and some have H.E.P.A. options available as well. If you are going to go to the trouble to vacuum, make sure your vacuum cleaner isn’t putting the dirt back in the air. It is really amazing how much backpack vacuums improve indoor air quality!
Backpack vacuums very in specification based on the manufacturer. Much like anything else you wear, they need to fit you. Most have very adjustable
shoulder and waste straps to fit just about anyone. There are many different configurations and designs so find one that is right for you. Like I tell everyone who objects at first to the idea of a trying a backpack vacuum, if you just give it a chance you will like it. I have not had anyone want to give it back.
Find many different styles and models of backpack vacuums here. If you have any questions about the use or specs of specific units, drop me a line in the
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Do you use a back pack vacuum? You should be. There are many back pack vacuum advantages that many have yet to adopt.
The concept of the back pack vacuum is very simple. There is a canister that contains a motor, filters and collection bag. This is connected to a light weight wand by way of a hose. The wand typically has a floor tool attached that swivels. Once you place the canister on your back with the shoulder straps all you have to do is adjust the fit to be comfortable and start vacuuming. Although early designs were revolutionary in the cleaning business, they did have some drawbacks including comfort, weight, heat dispersal and maneuverability. That has all changed.
Here Are 6 Back Pack Vacuum Advantages
1. Limited Maintenance
Since back pack vacuums are direct suction, meaning there is no brush or belt blocking the flow of air, there is nothing to break or clog. Clogs can occur if the volume of debris is extreme, but items such as pebbles, paper clips, wood chips and even pen caps are not a problem to pick up. There is usually a replaceable paper bag and filter that will need to be replaced but no major replacement items. Less downtime makes everyone happy!
2. More Than The Floor
Back pack vacuums are great for more than just cleaning the floor. Because you don’t have a bulky machine on the floor, it is possible to reach a lot more places. Window sills, vents, cobwebs up in the corner. Almost anywhere you can reach, you can use a back pack vacuum. When you have a telescopic wand, reaching new heights and places is as easy as sliding the floor tool off and adding a dusting or crevasse tool.
No one likes to be distracted. This usually makes vacuuming an after hours event. With technology advancing everyday, back pack vacuums are more quiet all the time. The fact that they don’t have brush motors that add excess noise makes them great for accomplishing more during business hours.
4. Go Places No Other Type of Vacuum Can Go
Without the limiting factor of a big canister or upright body, back pack vacuums let you get in areas other types of vacuums wouldn’t reach. I love being able to get those dust bunnies behind desks and cubicles. You can even get those areas behind trash cans where no one has seen since the carpet was new!
5. Not Just For Carpet
We tend to think of vacuuming as a carpet only operation. But with back pack vacuums, you can pretty much vacuum any type of floor. Instead of grabbing a broom, put on your back pack vacuum. Brooms have been shown to stir up dust which leads to more cleaning. When you vacuum a pile of dust rather than sweeping it, the debris gets captured and thrown away without worrying if it will settle back down to fight another day.
6. Stand Tall and Save Your Back
Vacuuming is one of the worst activities you can do on a regular basis for your back. The twisting action combined with the weight of the machine itself puts an unnatural strain on your body. Because back pack vacuums mainly use a light weight wand, there is a lot less demand for your back and arms. If you have a good harness built into the unit, you will hardly even notice you are wearing it!
What Is To Come For Back Pack Vacuums?
It seems like I am always find more back pack vacuum advantages. As they become more popular, their uses are always evolving. With cordless back pack vacuums entering the market and technology making them even more effective all the time, who know? You may find yourself relying on back pack vacuums for a lot more than you ever did your upright. I know I do.