Have you recently installed brand new flooring or carpeting? Did you recently buy a new home with new flooring? It is a good idea to buy the right vacuum for your unique flooring and cleaning needs to keep them looking great. At Hopkins Carpet One we are passionate about floors and their maintenance. That’s why we’d like to offer a little advice and a few resources to help you find the right vacuum for your floors, budget and needs.
What Kind of Flooring Do You Have?
If you have wall-to-wall carpet, or just lots of rugs, uprights, especially with a bag, do the best overall. But if you have lots of stairs or hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring, canisters can be easier to maneuver. Stick and hand-held vacuums are great for lighter tasks or smaller areas of hardwood or vinyl like an apartment with wood floors or a small kitchen. Most don’t perform as well on carpet as full-size vacuums so it is important to keep this in mind when considering a stick vacuum.
How Well Does it Clean?
Modern vacuums come in a range of designs but what matters most is how well they clean. For example, a vacuum cleaner with a motorized brush cleans carpets better than one powered only by suction. If you have pets, an upright vacuum with a motorized brush might be best.
A wider wheel base and the ability to adjust the height are two of the most important features to look for. The vacuum should also just kiss the top of your carpet.
And remember, the stronger the suction doesn’t equal a better clean. Most of the time what you are picking up is the carpet backing itself. This means your carpet will start to break down and begin to wrinkle.
What is it rated?
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, a vacuum cleaner must comply with the Texture Protection Standard before being considered for a Bronze, or Silver, or Gold SOA/GL certification. What is the Texture Protection Standard? This means the vacuum should not affect the texture appearance of the carpet more than a one-step change based on one year of normal vacuum use.
A vacuum cleaner must comply with both the corresponding Soil Removal Standard and the Dust Containment Standard before being considered for a Bronze, or Silver, or Gold SOA/GL certification. Where does your vacuum cleaner stand?
What is its Efficiency Rating?
Here is a list of SOA (Seal of Approval) certified vacuums. The Energy Efficiency Rating for Vacuums option for the SOA Vacuum testing program allows vacuum cleaner manufacturers to determine a vacuum’s energy use in relation to its cleaning effectiveness.
Have You Tried it Out?
Even if you order online, go to a store first. Push, pull and lift the vacuum to make sure it’s easy for you to maneuver. Check out the controls and features. If an online price is low, see if the store will match it.
Whatever vacuum you choose, make sure it’s the right one for you and your flooring! Ready to get new carpet or flooring for your home or would like more tips to help you choose the right vacuum cleaner? Stop by our showroom in Hopkins or give us a call at 952-933-8944.