How To Choose A Commercial Vacuum Cleaner

One of the questions we get asked a lot is “How do you pick a GOOD commercial vacuum cleaner?” In this video, Dustin tackles that very question!

 

 

The bad news is there are a ton of vacuum distributors out there that make commercial vacuums that really aren’t commercial. They just take a residential vacuum, add a three-prong cord, and slap “commercial” on the front. If you buy one of these it could very well be dead within a few months. For a vacuum cleaner to be truly commercial it needs to have been designed that way from the ground up.

 

The vacuum in this video is a commercial vacuum we sell a lot of called the ProTeam. This particular model is the XP-15. It has onboard tools and an extra-wide head to make cleaning simple and fast! We sell a lot of these to professional house cleaners because they’re lightweight, reliable, and have a 5-year warranty.

 

There are three things your commercial vacuum needs to have. The first is: simplicity! You may not know who is operating the vacuum and what their technical skill level is. Simple vacuums leave less room for error. This ProTeam can go from hardwood to carpet with the flip of a switch.

 

The second thing you need is a long, durable, three-prong cord. A typical residential cord is 20-30 feet in length, but we like to see commercial cords that are 30-50 feet. They should be extra thick, in case you run them over (we’ve all done it.)

 

The third thing is dependability! Can it stand up to all the hard use it’s going to get?

 

This room is carpeted with commercial carpet, which is low-pile. Most residential vacuums don’t do well on low carpet like this.

 

Now, you’ve heard us say not to use a residential vacuum for commercial use, but the other way around is fine. You can use a commercial vacuum for your home! We have lots of customers who use these at home because they’re lightweight, dependable, have HEPA filtration, and work great on pet hair. It has extra-large tubing since it was designed for commercial use, so it doesn't clog with hair very easily.

 

Are you looking for a commercial vacuum, but aren’t sure where to start? Email us at service@greatvacs.com with more information about your commercial situation or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

 

How To Choose A Commercial Vacuum Cleaner

How To Choose A Commercial Vacuum Cleaner

One of the questions we get asked a lot is “How do you pick a GOOD commercial vacuum cleaner?” In this video, Dustin tackles that very question!

 Read more

How To Buy A Vacuum Made In The USA

Oftentimes, people in their 30s start to look back at how many vacuum cleaners they’ve owned in the last 10 years and then they start to think about all the money they’ve thrown away. When this happens, we get emails looking for guidance on how to buy a high-quality vacuum that will last for many years. This is what we specialize in – vacuums that last decades instead of just a few years!

 

Here’s a picture of what our trade-in room used to look like. These are all vacuums that customers had traded in! Looking through the pictures you’ll notice that there are hundreds and, unfortunately, most of these end up in landfills. They are made in China for $20-30 and are designed to be disposable. It’s great for the vacuum manufacturers, but not great for the consumer!

Every 2-3 years you’re spending more money to get a vacuum that doesn’t work that well. If you were to invest in a good, high-end, American-made vacuum, you could expect them to last 20-30 years and they have the added bonus of cleaning better. This translates to huge savings and an improved cleaning experience!

We actually contacted many of the manufacturers about recycling these old vacuums, but it costs them less to just make new ones in China and ship them over. It is a "good" business model, but not one we believe in.

 

 

If you've gone looking for a high-end vacuum you may have noticed that they’re more expensive than the ones you find in big box stores. To help this cost, we actually buy used vacuums, rebuild them, and then sell them with our own 5-year warranty! This way you can get a high-end vacuum without paying an arm and a leg! Here you can see a bunch of the brands we sell.

 

So how do you buy an American made vacuum cleaner? Start by going to our website – www.greatvacs.com – and use the search option. In this video Dustin searched for the generic term “vacuum.”

 

On the left you’ll see all these different options you can filter. At the bottom you can see “Made in U.S.A.”

 

Select that and you will get a bunch of different vacuum cleaners that are made in the U.S.A. Use these options to further narrow down what you’re looking for! And that’s how you can find a good, made in the US vacuum cleaner that will last you for many years and save more money.

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

How To Buy A Vacuum Made In The USA

How To Buy A Vacuum Made In The USA

Oftentimes, people in their 30s start to look back at how many vacuum cleaners they’ve owned in the last 10 years...

Read more

GV 8 QT Backpack Vacuum Demo

Introducing the lightweight, powerful, and easy to use GV 8 quart back pack vacuum! It is 20% faster than using a upright or canister and the innovative GV head allows you to vacuum hardwood, tile, low pile and thick carpet. This vacuum is designed to save you time!

 

 

 

The 8 quart GV backpack vacuum is lightweight, easy to use, and powerful!

 

This high quality, affordable vacuum cleaner is only available from GV.

 

It comes with a 2 year motor manufacturer warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee!

 

So how does it compare to other cleaners? In a comparison test against a standard upright vacuum the GV 8 qt. was 54% faster!

 

Features of this great vacuum cleaner include:

 

It attaches to your back for ease of use,

 

The waist strap reduces strain on your shoulders,

 

The all floors head quickly gets under hard to reach places,

 

And this head works on any hard floor as well as carpet!

 

It has 3 stage filtration: HEPA bags, washable cloth bag, and HEPA filter.

 

It comes with everything seen here and a 25 foot extension cord!

 

It only weighs 10 pounds and onboard tools are stored in the belt.

 

It even has an extendable wand for comfort.

 

For a vacuum that is faster, saves time, is easy to use, powerful, and comes with a 2 year factory warranty, the 8 quart GV backpack vacuum is a great choice!

 

If you need any parts, supplies or have any questions, email us at service@greatvacs.com or leave a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more educational videos on all of our different products.

 

GV 8 QT Backpack Vacuum Demo

GV 8 QT Backpack Vacuum Demo

Introducing the lightweight, powerful, and easy to use GV 8 quart back pack vacuum! It is 20% faster than using a upright or canister and the innovative GV head...

Read more

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

In this video, Dustin shows everyone how you’re supposed to use Kirby tools! With Kirby, there’s a tool for every job and they all work great.

 

Important Safety Tips

  • Always make sure your machine is unplugged and the power button is turned off, before servicing your vacuum.
  • Always make sure your hands are dry and free from moisture before servicing your machine.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when servicing your machine to prevent any cuts or scrapes.
  • If you are uncomfortable working on your vacuum, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@greatvacs.com and we can help you through the process or you can send it into us to fix it for you. 

 

Instructions

 

 

Let’s start by reviewing each tool and what it does! Note: Dustin uses common industry names for some tools and they may not be Kirby’s official terms.

 

The first tool in the caddy is the hardwood floor tool. As the name suggests it works great on hardwood floors, tile, etc.

 

The next tool is the wall and ceiling tool. It can also be used on the floor and the tops of ceiling fans.

 

In the back are two extension wands.

 

And we also have a crevice tool.

 

Next to the crevice tool is the upholstery tool.

 

Then we have the duster brush.

 

The duster brush can be removed from this other tool we call the corner wand.

 

You’ll notice that the corner wand has a suction release valve. This is useful for when you need to vacuum delicate surfaces, like some fabrics, and your Kirby has too much power.

 

Next up is the shampooer.

 

Now we have a tool we call the handheld tool. This attaches to the Kirby vacuum and allows it to be more mobile. A common use is when you’re vacuuming a mattress.

 

Then we have another tool we’ve nicknamed Miss Piggy, because your vacuum looks like a pig when it's attached. You can put fragrances in here and it will make your house smell nice as you vacuum. You will also use this instead of the vacuum head if you’re using it to blow or inflate.

 

Speaking of blowing or inflating, here we have the blower/ inflator tool! You can dust your keyboard or inflate an air mattress with this.

 

Now we have the pet tool! If you’ve got one of those animals that holds still while you vacuum this works great to remove loose hair or fur. Oddly enough, it also matches the normal outside distance of a lightbulb, so you can hook it up to an extension wand and unscrew the lightbulb!

 

Finally, here is the foamer for your shampooer.

 

Now we’ll show you how to use them! The principle for attachment works the same for all tools and wands. They are friction fit, so you push and twist them together at the same time. The tool will not come off if it is done correctly. If it does come off you haven’t twisted it enough. To remove the tool or wand, just untwist.

 

 

Which model of Kirby vacuum is the best? Here’s what we think!

 

Looking for more info? Check out our Education Center!

 

Need your Kirby repaired? Send us an email at service@greatvacs.com

 

We sell Kirby vacuums! We buy Kirby vacuums! And we sell bags, belts, cords, or anything else you need!

 

Here at Great Vacs we’ve serviced and rebuilt nearly 100,000 Kirby vacuum cleaners, so if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave us a comment! You can also head on over to our YouTube channel to see more education videos.

 

 

 

 

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

How To Use Kirby Vacuum Tools

In this video, Dustin shows everyone how you’re supposed to use Kirby tools! With Kirby, there’s a tool for every job and they all work great.