ICS Magazine

Survey Takes a Closer Look at Vacuum Cleaners

October 22, 2010

Chicago, IL - October 22, 2010 - Cleaning professionals use their vacuum cleaners more than 20 hours per week, according to an online survey conducted by Tornado Industries.

This was one of several questions asked the subscribers of Tornado's TornadoWatch monthly newsletter, with 123 people taking the survey.

The most common types of vacuum cleaners used are upright single-motor vacuums, 40 percent; upright double-motor, 26 percent; and backpacks, 22 percent. The remainder used special-use vacuum cleaners such as wide-area machines.

As an indication of the quality of today's commercial vacuum cleaners, replacing filter bags was listed as the number one cost of ownership. However, if a machine does break down, 63 percent indicated they have backup vacuum cleaners ready.

Some of the other findings included these:
  • Most of the respondents replace their vacuum cleaners every three years.
  • Selecting a CRI Seal of Approval vacuum cleaner is very or somewhat important to 55 percent of the respondents.
  • Having a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner is very or somewhat important to 77 percent of the respondents.
  • Selecting an American-made vacuum cleaner is preferred by 53 percent.
  • And 35 percent indicated they select their vacuum cleaners based on the machine's features over price; 24 percent prefer a mid-priced machine; about 6 percent say they select either the most costly or the least expensive vacuum available.
"We also asked questions specifically addressing LEED-EBOM standards and vacuum cleaners," says Jolynn Kennedy, marketing manager for Tornado. "For instance, 70 percent said they did know that Green cleaning products were a prerequisite for attaining LEED-EBOM certification."

In addition, nearly all of the respondents knew that a qualifying LEED-EBOM vacuum cleaner must have a sound level no higher than 70 decibels and must meet specific criteria as to performance, dust containment, and protection of indoor air quality.

"This knowledge indicates an increased awareness of the impact that cleaning has on the environment, cleaning workers and building occupants. The trend towards responsible cleaning is becoming the norm today," concluded Kennedy.