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The Big Question - Bagged or Bagless

As with most things in life, there is really nothing that's for free. The two most advertised advantages of bagless vacuum cleaners are lower costs and better performance. As far as the cost issues go, all vacuums must filter the exhausting air they use to carry the dirt into the collection area, as they would otherwise simply pick the dirt up from the floor and spit it right back out. So, even if you have a bagless system, you have to maintain the filter on it. Whether you have a bagless HEPA filter, a pre-filter, or disposable bags, they all need to be changed at some point. With the average life of a vacuum cleaner, you can expect to spend the same on either collection system for filters, but if you value your time, you can expect to spend quite a bit more on a bagless system. To keep your bagless vacuum cleaner operating at peak levels, you'll need to empty the dirt container when it is full and perform regular maintenance on the filter. The type of filter the vacuum uses will determine just h...

 


A Guide to Different Vacuum Types

Deep cleaning vacuums The typical features with these types of vacuums include rotating brushes that agitate the carpet pile and loosen the dirt for a better clean. There are some models that offer a handy automatic tool conversion button or switch that you can push or flip as you move from carpet to hardwood floor. Hand held vacuums Hand held vacuums are light weight, can be corded or cordless, and you can even mount most of them on the wall if you prefer. The performance of the cordless models will depend on the charge of the battery. As the battery power drops, so will the suction power. The two types of hand held vacuums include straight suction and suction with a power brush. If you are considering a hand held vacuum cleaner, you should consider its primary purpose. Do you plan to use it on a regular basis or occasionally on smaller jobs? Broom vacuums Stick or broom vacuums are great for smaller type apartments, quick clean ups in the kitchen, or a family room. The benefit of a broom vacuum i...

 


Tips for Choosing a Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The major criteria involved with choosing a canister vacuum cleaner is what floor surfaces you plan to clean versus the power of the vacuum. Almost all canister vacuum cleaners offer 3 choices of tools for the surfaces of floors: 1. A bare floor hard plastic brush that's about 10" - 12" wide with soft bristles. 2. Turbo brush that features a spinning drum roller with harder bristles. 3. A power head brush that is similar to the turbo brush although it is powered by a separate motor. Both the turbo brush and power head brush vacuums have a spinning drum roller with bristles that resemble that of an upright vacuum cleaner. While the brushes look and perform pretty much the same, the power head brush vacuum has a smaller separate motor that turns the brush on the bottom of it, therefore making it more powerful and much more aggressive than the turbo type brush that is turned by the flow of air being pulled past it. These types of brushes will snap the fibers of the carpet and allow the air to get ...

 




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