It’s all in the Configuration
Modern carpet cleaners generally have a built-in air pump to create a partial vacuum designed to suck up dust and debris from carpeted floors. Those homes that have carpets and rugs on their floors usually have a vacuum cleaner for keeping the floors clean. The dirt that is extracted from the carpet is filtered and then stored inside the machine for later disposal at a more convenient time or when the machine is full.
The carpet cleaning market is huge, which has resulted in a range of different configurations available for vacuum cleaners. We take a look at several here:
These vacuums have the suction pump mounted directly above the inlet port, with the bag mounted directly onto the upright handle. The upright type designs normally employ mechanical beaters which often rotate brushes, to help loosen dust enough to be sucked up. These beaters are usually belt-driven with the other end of the belt attached to the vacuum motor.
Canister or Cylinder Vacuums
This type has the electric motor and dirt bag in a separate canister unit that uses a flexible hose to connect to the vacuum head. Performance tests have shown that the upright units do a rather better, more efficient job of cleaning floors, the lighter and more maneuverable heads of the canister models are quite popular, especially when trying to clean awkward, hard-to-get-to places. They also take up less storage space when not in use. Some of the better models feature power heads, which contain the same type of mechanical beaters used in upright units.
Wet vacs/dry vacuums
This is a different form of the canister vacuum specializing in cleaning up wet or liquid spillages, in addition to its normal usage. They will commonly clean up both both wet and dry spills, and often feature a switch or exhaust port that reverses the flow of air. This is an extremely useful feature for a number of reasons including clearing clogged hoses to blowing dirt and debris into a corner for easier collection.
Back pack vacuum
These are basically light-weight, portable canister vacuum cleaners, and are fastened with straps to the back of the operator. This type of cleaner tends to be more commonly used for commercial cleaning, since they can work in any area the operator can get to. Their advantage is they allow you to move about quickly and efficiently in a large area.
Built in or central vacuum cleaner
This type of vacuum cleaner tends to have the suction motor and bag in a centralized location in the building. They provide vacuum inlet connection points at strategic places throughout the building. The advantage here is you only need to move the hose and cleaning head between rooms. The long hose is normally at least 25 feet long and enables a good sized area to be cleaned before changing to a different vacuum inlet point.
Plastic piping connects vacuum inlets to the cleaner’s central unit. The vacuum cleaner head can either be unpowered or have motor-driven mechanical beaters. The bag in the central vacuum system is normally very large so that emptying or changing it needs to be done less frequently, perhaps as little as once per year.
If you’re in the market for a replacement or additional cleaner, use Google to check out the pros and cons of the different types of cleaner available before making your selection.