Your Must-Know Guide to Commercial Vacuum Cleaners

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Good quality, commercial vacuum cleaners are essential for any business.

For most people, the mention of vacuum cleaners brings up mental images of so many people standing behind stubby machines cleaning their carpets. Few people have to deal with commercial vacuum cleaners on a daily basis and yet these industrial strength cleaners are as crucial in cutting down maintenance costs and improving the environment, as their domestic counterparts are essential to keeping a home clean.

Choosing the best from the various commercial models is no easier than selecting the right vacuum cleaner for your home. There are many varieties to choose from so many widely known manufacturers like Hoover, Dyson, Eureka, Electrolux, etc, all of which specialize in the manufacture of commercial vacuums.

The different thing about commercial models is that in addition to removing the dirt and debris from floors and other surfaces, they also remove particles that float in the air. This is done because their aim is to make the work environment as clean as possible especially for places such as factories, which tend to have many floating particles.

Moreover, in a factory environment, the debris can be large, wet, too dry, corrosive, or radioactive. Therefore, commercial vacuum cleaners have to be designed with all the extra requirements in mind.

Typical applications include hospital surgical vacuum systems, vacuum thermoforming, robotic applications, rubber molding, packaging, food processing, printed circuit board testing, pharmaceutical, plastics, pneumatic conveying, semiconductor, laboratories, printing, and woodworking.

These special commercial vacuum cleaners have many features such as cleanroom vacuum for cleanroom applications, continuous duty for 100% duty cycle (constant use), HEPA / ULPA Filters having a minimum particle collective efficiency of 99.97 percent for a 0.3 micron particle and Instrument Panel with an alphanumeric keypad, gauges, safety switches, on-off switches, or timer controls.

Here is just a quick overview of the versatility of different models for various industrial applications:

1. Models for Abrasives - These vacuum cleaners are capable of filtering abrasives. Abrasives are substances that are used for grinding, honing, lapping, superfinishing, polishing, abrasive blast cleaning, pressure blasting, preening or barrel finishing

2. Models for Coolant / Oil Mist - These units are capable of filtering coolant smoke and mist from metal finishing and forming processes, and machining oil mists.

3. Models for Explosive Media - These vacuums are capable of filtering explosive dusts, mists, and/or fumes.

4. Models for Fine Powders - These units are capable of filtering fine powders such as carbon black, talc, pigments, oxides, and plastic compounding dusts.

5. Models for Spill Recovery - Spill recovery units are typically large vehicle transport designed to reclaim or recover large spills. They are often used in fire, aviation, petrochemical and other industrial applications.

6. Models for Metalworking Chips / Fluids - Collecting metal scraps poses a potential health hazard to fabricated metal workers due to the oils, lubricants, and coolants that must be collected with the metal. The vacuum cleaner units collect these metalworking fluids (MWFs) which emit harmful aerosols that may contaminate the working environment, damage nearby equipment, and make floors slippery.

These are just some of the most common models of industrial vacuum cleaners and you can find a special vacuum for almost any specific industrial application.

It is not always possible for everyone in these busy times to visit dozen distribution centers and take a look at all the models being offered by so many manufacturers. Thankfully, there are websites on the Internet that can offer good product comparisons across many manufacturers. So all you need is a little bit of research from the comfort of your own home and you can soon come to an informed decision as to what would be the best commercial vacuum cleaner for you. Of course, the comfort of the Internet continues beyond that because you can even place your order online and have your chosen models delivered to your office or factory location.

Commercial vacuum cleaners come in different shapes like dry vacuums, ergonomic backpack vacuums, upright and wet/dry vacuums. Each of these vacuum cleaner types has a unique feature that is applicable to different environments. There are even some heavy-duty vacuum cleaners available for locations that need more than the ordinary cleaning equipment.

The number of commercial vacuum cleaners available can be too much for the infrequent shopper. Keep your requirements solidly in front of you and do not give in to some superficial sales pitch. A vacuum cleaner that does not fill your needs is not going to make you happy after you purchase it.
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