Vacuum cleaner backpacks – are they really worth it?
By Jason Roberts
If you’re interested in a deep, professional cleaning experience, you may need to consider special cleaning equipment, such as vacuum backpacks. Many people don’t know much about these type of vacuums, so they opt for standard upright models that require constant belt replacement or break in a short periods of time. Backpack vacuum cleaners are often used by commercial housecleaning services, so if you want a unit that is long-lasting and which can deliver nice results, you should read more.
In two separate studies carried out in 1996 by the Battelle Memorial Institute and the Dept. of Surgery Division of Orthopedics, Ohio State University, it was found that using backpacks held many advantages over the mainstream upright models. In addition to versatility, these products are also found to be more beneficial because they’re physically less stressful to use: they require less “hunching over” and also reduce the level of repeated motions common within uprights or canisters. These repeated actions can adversely affect your health over a long time.
Due to the availability of upright vacuum models in retail stores, and also due to the fact that people use this type more, many even don’t think about the pros and cons of buying one over another. Fortunately there are many great vacuum cleaner backpacks available online at attractive rates, produced by companies such as Rubbermaid or ProTeam, but also the more known Hoover or Shop-Vac.
Features and Benefits
Backpack vacs are great for all those who frequently like to clean in comfort. You can wear them easily on your back (they weight on average 15 lbs.) and plug into any wall socket. These vacuums usually have a great filtration system and come with a wide set of attachments.
Vacuum cleaner backpacks usually run on under 1000 watt power and are considered discreet, as they produce around 70 db. This is useful if you’re vacuuming hotels, offices, schools, elevators or other sound sensitive environments. Their bag can be easily cleaned, and their HEPA filters can catch even the last spec of dust.
Most vacuum cleaner backpacks are highly recommended for home use and commercial cleanings. They have a versatile design that’s perfect for mountaineers. Due to their flexible pattern, you can easily reach corners and various tricky areas, for attaining a thorough clean. They will also save you time, time that you can use on other productive things.
A backpack vacuum comes with a personalized accessory belt. This belt is very helpful for all those who live in multi-story houses which require stair cleaning. Putting the weight on your back can lessen the forceful dragging and bumping. They are very durable and dependable as well. A study showed that the average wear period of a backpack cleaner is 7 years, compared with 4 years which is in the case of uprights.
Another benefit is that they’re more versatile than upright vacuums. They can easily clean places that uprights cannot, especially those above the floor.
The vacuum cleaner backpacks come with various attachments. The long extension wand i.e. allows you to use these vacuums above the head height. The crevice nozzle attachment is useful as it can pick up the dirt from all hard to reach areas, without stretching or bending. The carpet tools and floor brush work well on large areas and their long power cable that allows you to go on with your cleaning job without unplugging all the time.
Where else can backpacks vacs be used?
The flexible and squeegee hose allows you to reach all areas which square stand-up, bulky vacuums cannot. The backpack system may be seen as a wand that needs to be pointed at the dirt for it to be picked up in seconds. Its unit and waste canister is fully secured on your back, which helps when cleaning small areas such as pantries and walk-in closets. These machines are competitively priced and work great for small homes and tight areas. You can also use them for commercial cleaning purposes.
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