I have seen a lot of crazy things in my cleaning career, but this one is new to me. I have never been a fan of the robot vacuum. First of all, they are really more gimmicks than anything else. But the fact that they just meander around, with no consistency just drives me nuts. Obviously they are strictly for residential use only. But a commercial cleaning robot might just be the wave of the not so distant future. Read more
I have talked at length about in the past about being a big fan of backpack vacuums. Their versatility and ease of use make them one of the best innovations in the cleaning industry in recent history. That being said, as a whole, the industry (and I) have been patiently, yet eagerly waiting for an effective cordless backpack vacuum to reach the market.
Just think of the possibilities that removing the cord from a backpack vacuum would offer! Dust mopping would practically become a thing of the past. Dusting even the most difficult to reach areas becomes a breeze. And most importantly, the productivity, comfort and safety of the cleaning staff would be greatly increased. Yes, an effective battery backpack vacuum would change the world of cleaning. Well the GoFree Pro battery backpack vacuum from ProTeam just may be the innovation we all have been waiting for. Read more
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
Can a dirty mop clean? Can you use a dirty rag to sanitize a table? How much dirt can a vacuum expel before turning it off and just pushing it around would make more sense? When your cleaning tools are dirty, you aren’t cleaning.
If the cleaning tools you are using to clean, are in fact dirty, the effort, time and expense is wasted. You would never begin cooking with a dirty knife so why do so many continue to use cleaning tools? (cleaning is the act of controlling the spread of illness) It does not matter how extensive your everyday cleaning procedures are and how much training you give your staff, if they are cleaning with dirty cleaning tools.
Dirty Cleaning Tools Aren’t Cleaning
It seems that it has become acceptable for cleaning tools to be dirty. After all, that is the way it has always been, right? At least once a day, while out and about, I see one of the following offences when it comes to cleaning tools in the work place.
- Dust mops that look filthy but are still pushing debris down the hallway.
- Mop buckets that are full of dirty water, but are still being used to spread dirt around the floor.
- Feather dusters causing dust to be moved from the counter top into the air where everyone gets to breathe it in.
Cleaning Tools Are Wasting Your Time
- The dust mop is leaving behind more dust that was there in the first place
- The mop and bucket are just evenly distributing the dirt across the floor.
- There is a cloud of dust in the air, settling back down on the surface.
There is a cost for complacency. The cost is moving the same dirt tomorrow that was moved today. This takes precious time. Time that is already in short supply, yet every day we just accept the fact that these are the tools we work with and this is how it is.
Next time you use a cleaning tool ask yourself “Is this going to help me clean better or just make more work tomorrow?”
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
comments section of this post.
Everyone has at least some carpeting. From your home, work, cars and even the establishments you frequent, carpeting is everywhere. Since the first carpets were made in the late 1700’s, someone has had to keep them clean. (Can you imagine the smell tracked in from streets with horse-drawn wagons?) The problem with cleaning carpet is that it is not a smooth surface. By nature, it holds soils. Whether it is a deep, plush style carpet or a low profile, indoor/outdoor pile, dirt gets trapped. Just to vacuum carpet does not get all of the dirt. Unlike solid surface floor coverings, where what you see is what you get, carpet presents a list of obstacles that hide soils. How do we get to the bottom (Pun intended) of carpet cleaning and improving your vacuuming? Read more
Why is it that when we are vacuuming carpet, do we go back and forth then, step forward and repeat the process? If we were to use this same type of pattern when mowing our lawns, there would be tufts of grass all over. The yard would look terrible and we would have wasted the majority of the afternoon with nothing to show for it. Chasing that paper scrap and those potato chip crumbs is not why we vacuum carpet. It is to capture the dirt we don’t see. Read more