How Good is Your Vacuum?

How Good is Your Vacuum?

A high-quality commercial-grade vacuum addresses numerous modern cleaning challenges that impact the output of office workers, including noise levels and indoor air quality.

How Good is Your Vacuum?

Why Your Business Needs a High-Quality Commercial-Grade Vacuum Cleaner

A challenge facing many blue-collar businesses is the demand for increased cleaning frequencies and efficacy amid economic uncertainty and staffing shortages.

A cost-effective method for achieving these goals is to implement daytime cleaning or day porter services in addition to conventional after-hours custodial services.

However, a conflict of interest arises from the introduction of daytime custodial scheduling by the cleaning process itself, especially with lower quality or poorly maintained vacuum cleaners, which:

  • Emit high dB sound that negatively impacts occupant performance.

When studying the effects of sound, psychologist Nick Perham found that background office noise significantly reduced participants’ ability to recall information and carry out maths exercises.

As well as affecting productivity, excessive noise can cause workers to make more mistakes, meaning more time is wasted on correcting preventable errors.

Noise pollution causes physiological responses that decrease employee performance even further.

Loud, excessive noise in short bursts or for a long period (such as ongoing building works) can put our bodies through unnecessary stress responses, causing increased heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.

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  • And, stir up and even push a significant volume of dust, allergens, and other microbes into the air, which negatively impacts indoor air quality and occupant health.

According to WebMD;

Australian researchers tested 21 vacuum cleaners from 11 manufacturers, including two commercial models. The vacuums were six months to 22 years old, and ranged from less than $100 to almost $800.

Brands included Dyson, Electrolux, Hoover, iRobot, and Sanyo.

The researchers measured 62 different air emissions.

All released some bacteria, dust, and allergens back into the air.

Newer and more expensive vacuum cleaners generally caused less indoor air pollution than older, cheaper models, the study showed.

Vacuums with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters released only slightly lower levels of dust and bacteria than vacuums that did not use these special filters.

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The Vanguard Cleaning Systems of the Ozarks' Approach to Cleaning for Health

Cleaning for health means, in part, selecting tools and processes that elevate the safety and wellbeing of facility occupants.

Vanguard Cleaning Systems of the Ozarks' franchise-owned janitorial businesses regularly employ commercial-grade backpack vacuums, which:

  • Typically operate at 68 dB--for comparison, the average indoor conversation measures around 60 dB, and;
  • Employs a four-stage filtration system that includes a HEPA filter that captures 99.97% of microscopic allergens and asthma triggers down to 0.3 microns in size.

That translates into:

  • Fewer distractions.
  • Less stress.
  • Healthier indoor air, and;
  • Better occupant health and performance.


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Introducing day porter services and increasing nightly custodial services is an excellent approach that addresses office worker demands for safer, healthier workplaces.

However, just like any other profession, to get the job done right, you'll need:

  • The right team members who have;
  • The best training available, and;
  • Are equipped with the best tools and products on the market--including high-performance commercial-grade vacuum cleaners.

Vanguard Cleaning Systems of the Ozarks has the solutions that match your business's needs.

Need more capability from your janitor--Let's talk.

In Oklahoma, dial 918-960-4450

In Arkansas, dial 479-717-2410

In Missouri, dial 417-812-9777

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