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Vacuum Cleaners

We spend a lot of time vacuuming our carpet. Selecting the right vacuum for your particular needs is a crucial step in making sure that your carpet is as clean as possible and lasts as long as possible. There are many choices for vacuums in the marketplace and knowing the difference between the types will educate you before you go out to spend good money on a vacuum cleaner. What are the benefits and negatives of the different types of vacuums? This is a brief description and you can also watch the video which provides more details.

Lightweight Vacuum Cleaners

These are all upright vacuums and as the name suggests they are all light. If they don’t have a brush roll they won’t really clean your carpet. Lightweight vacuums without a brush roll are called quick brooms. These shouldn’t be used for carpet cleaning as the only vacuum because they don’t remove deep dirt from the carpet.  Lightweight vacuums using a brush roll do a great job removing deep dirt from carpet with the added bonus being they’re light weight. You’ll find all of these vacuums have a soft vinyl outer bag with a paper bag inside. By using this design they eliminate the hard case reducing weight. The big benefit is it has a direct air system that moves a lot of air, and gives superb carpet cleaning. The brand I like the best after trying them all are the Supra Lite Vacuums made by Riccar. They’re made in America and carry a three year warranty.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Upright vacuums are either a bypass or a direct air system. A bypass means the dirt doesn’t go through the motor. It travels from the brush roll to the side of the vacuum through a hose on the side up and into the bag. This sounds great in theory, but the hose is a frequent clog point in these type of vacuums. The direct air takes the dirt at the brush roll passes it through a fan chamber, and up into a bag. By pass vacuums usually have a hard case with tools on them. Direct air vacuums usually have a soft outer bag with a paper bag inside.Direct air vacuums do a better job of removing dirt from carpet as a rule because they create more airflow as a result of their design. Upright vacuums don’t perform well on hard floor surfaces.  Uprights don’t have to move the dirt very far to get the dirt into the bag, so as a result they don’t need a large suction motor. The large motor only comes into play if you’re trying to lift dirt off hard floors or need tools. I hope you can see if you have a whole house of carpet uprights can have appeal.

Canister Vacuum Cleaners

Canister vacuums are available with a motorized power nozzle, or without. If you’re cleaning all hard surface floors you can get by with a less expensive straight suction canister. We’re talking cleaning carpet so you have to have a canister with a motorized brush roll to remove the deep dirt. Canisters with motorized power nozzles tend to be more expensive than uprights. The main reason being it has two motors. The suction motor in the tank is very large because the dirt has to travel from the brush roll up the wands, down the hose, and into the bag in the tank. They do as good a job as an upright vacuum cleaning carpet, but a great job if you have hard floors. Using tools is also much easier with the long hose, and the suction with tools is superior to an upright. The downside is some people hate dragging it along after them. It gets hung up on furniture, and takes some getting used to.




Vacuum Cleaners

I am sure you found the choosing the right vacuum cleaner video useful.  If you still have questions please contact Aunt Patti on the left side of the page.  As you watched my video, you will have noticed that we used a variety of stone cleaning products.  All of these products are readily available and although you can usually find these products anywhere online I generally get them at the Cleaning Solutions Superstore.


These vacuum cleaners can really make carpet cleaning an easier task.