Types of Vacuum Cleaners Used In Housekeeping

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Different Types of Vacuum Cleaners Used in Housekeeping

Vacuum cleaners are an essential tool for keeping homes clean and tidy. There are several types of vacuum cleaners available in the market, each with its unique features and advantages.

The most common type of vacuum cleaner is the upright vacuum. It is easy to use and manoeuvre and is ideal for cleaning large carpeted areas. The canister vacuum is another popular type that is versatile and can be used on both carpets and hard floors.

For those who suffer from allergies, a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner is recommended. This type of vacuum cleaner is designed to trap allergens and dust particles, making it easier to breathe clean air.

If you have pets in your home, a pet hair vacuum cleaner is the perfect choice. It is specially designed to pick up pet hair and dander from carpets, furniture, and other surfaces.

For those who want a more environmentally friendly option, a cordless vacuum cleaner powered by a rechargeable battery is a great choice. It is also convenient for quick clean-ups and small spaces.

No matter which type of vacuum cleaner you choose, it is important to consider your specific cleaning needs and choose a model they choose.

Dry vacuum cleaners:

Dry Vacuum

Dry Vacuum Cleaners are used for removing dust and small pieces of debris from the floors, upholstery, furnishings walls, and ceilings.

These types have a flexible hose and come with different types of cleaning attachments such as a floor-cleaning head, power head, crevice-cleaning head, upholstery-cleaning head, dusting head, extension tubes, etc.

Dustette or Handheld Vacuum Cleaners:

hand held vacuum

These are small, lightweight vacuum cleaners carried in the hand and used for cleaning curtains, upholstery edges, mattresses, computers, and music systems. They clean by brushing and suction and are very easy to handle.

Back-pack vacuum:

backpack vacuum

Back Pack Vacuums are lightweight and ergonomic backpack systems, that can be adjusted according to the operator’s preferences, making working with such types of vacuums convenient and therefore increasing productivity.

These types of cleaners are mainly used for cleaning curtains, upholstery edges, mattresses, computers, and music systems. They clean by brushing and suction and are very easy to handle. They can be either carried in hand or strapped to the back of the housekeeping attendants.

Additionally used for cleaning hard-to-reach areas like ceilings, curtain ends, etc. and they are also called ‘Piggy Back’ vacuums.

Main Features

  • Fatigue-free cleaning
  •  Quiet operation
  •  Power & Efficiency
  •  Versatility

Cylindrical vacuums:

Cylinder Vacuum

These have no rotating brushes and work by suction only. A filter which also acts as a diffuser is fitted at the outlet which removes fine dust and micro-organisms from the flow of air passing through the outlet. This filter also reduces air disturbance and noise.

The dust bag is inside the cylindrical body of the vacuum cleaner. A flexible hose along with the different types of attachments is used to clean a variety of surfaces. These are the types of vacuum cleaners that are commonly used by Housekeeping Attendants in guestroom cleaning. 

Electric brooms:

electric brooms

These are very lightweight vacuums without a motor-driven beater brush. They are used only for light vacuuming and for touch-ups on carpets and hard floors. 

The latest generation of Electric brooms is battery-operated and hence can be used without any cords.

Main Features

  • Simple, lightweight professional upright vacuum
  •  Single vacuum and brush motor
  •  Ideal for smaller carpeted areas 

Upright Vacuum:

upright vacuum

Upright vacuums are the ones more frequently seen in hotels. The main body of the vacuum lies horizontal on the floor and is driven by a single motor. The dust bag is outside the machine’s main body.

There is a belt-driven beater brush to facilitate the removal of dust from thick-pile carpets. In an improved variation, there is a dual-motor system – one motor drives the beater brush and the other provides the suction.

The machine also has a built-in hose for cleaning corners and upholstery. This machine is most suitable for use in large carpeted areas.

Main Features:

  • Easy to use
  •  Easy to manoeuvre
  •  Easy to store
  •  High quality

Carpet Pile lifter:

Carpet Pile Lifter

These vacuum cleaners are used to groom long carpet piles. They lift the carpet pile that has sacked down and make it fluffy.

These vacuum cleaners are used to groom long-pile carpets. They lift the carpet pile that has become packed down and restore their vertical orientation. It is especially useful before shampooing the carpet, more so if the soiling is heavy.

This provides a safe all-in-one spotting solution for all common water and oil-based spots and stains on all carpets and soft furnishings.

Wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners:

wet and dry

Wet and Dry Vacuum are extremely useful in hotel housekeeping operations. They can pick up spills and excess wash water when in the wet mode. When in dry mode, they help in the removal of dust and debris. In hotels, these machines are usually used in their wet mode to pick up spills.

Such types of vacuum cleaners are also required when large areas of floors are being stripped of polish and cleaned. They have a flexible hose with attachments such as a squeegee head. The wastewater collects in a tank that needs to be emptied after use.

A variation of this is the large tank-type vacuum cleaners. These are also called canister-type or industrial vacuum cleaners. They can be used for dry and wet pick-up or both. The wastewater is scooped up by a squeegee attachment through a nozzle and travels back into the tank. They are used for cleaning large areas when time is a constraint and are ideal for cleaning lobbies, banquet halls, and restaurants.

Centralized vacuum:

central vacuum

In this type of unit, suction is generated at one point in the building. Meanwhile, soiling can be removed at vacuum points somewhere else in the building by suitable nozzles connected to detachable flexible hoses. The collected dirt is then conveyed by a network of pipes to a central container. This unit is expensive to install and is generally done at the building construction stage.

The main advantage of a centralized vacuum is that it is extremely hygienic since all the dust is carried away from the point of cleaning. Maintenance costs are usually lower.

Additionally, the operative fatigue is lower and there are no frayed flexes to repair and no individual machines to go wrong. Such types of vacuum can also pick up spills and excess water when it is used in a wet mode. When in a dry mode, they help to remove the dust and debris.

Robot vacuum cleaners:

Robot vacuum cleaners are the latest innovation in vacuum cleaning technology. They are fully automated and can clean your home while you are away. They come with sensors that help them navigate around furniture and other obstacles.


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