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"Vacuum" 32 Now that you've answered the big questions, the next step is to consider the quality of the machine that you wish to purchase. Big names like Hoover and Electrolux don't mean a thing when it comes to commercial usage – they're household brands. If you are a commercial cleaning agency, go for commercial equipment built to withstand constant daily usage. Brands like Advance, Kent, Boss Pullman, Windsor, to name a few, make lines of machines that will hold up for years under difficult conditions. Fit the equipment to the person as the next step. An upright vacuum weighing 20 pounds will wear out a little elderly church custodian in a hurry, but put her in a hip vacuum weighing only six pounds and she can vacuum all day long without fatigue. Next, design of a vacuum is important. Every building is different inside and out. Sometimes it is most efficient to have several types of vacuums available. Continuing with the church example, a backpack, hip vacuum, or canister tag-along with a tool set works great in the sanctuary (auditorium). Depending on the size of the facility and the amount of carpet, even a riding carpet sweeper may be appropriate. Choose equipment appropriate for the size of the facility and for the person to get the job done speedily. Finally, just because you think you have all the equipment you need when it comes to vacuuming, if the machines don't match the job, vacuums have a tendency to wear out quickly, not to mention the people running them. Maintenance costs mount when the vacuums used are not designed for the tasks to which they are put. In other words, don't expect a whale of a job out of a minnow. Get the vacuums you really need and save all the headaches. About the Author Rick Meehan is the Vice President of Marko Janitorial, a full-service janitorial supplier. To learn more, visit www. July July 25: Window Cleaning Network Picnic, Oconomowoc, WI, September September 10-12: United Association of Mobile Contract Cleaners (UAMCC) 2015 National Convention, Charleston, SC, 2015 Calendar of Events (July – November) August 6: Accelr8 Window Cleaning Training, Washington, D.C., August 7-8: The 2015 Pressure Washing & Window Cleaning Convention & Trade Show, Washington, D.C., August Oct. 9-10: Southside Equipment Networking Event, Louisville, KY, Oct. 20-23: International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) 2015 Interclean, Las Vegas, NV, April 22-25: Cleaning Equipment Trade Association (CETA) PowerClean 2015, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 28-31: International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) Technical Seminar, Kansas City, MO, October Nov. 12-14: 2015 Power Washers of North America (PWNA) National Convention & Trade Show, Charlotte, NC, November

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