Vacuuming large spaces with upright or backpack vacuums can be a time-consuming — not to mention tiring — task for janitors. To clean long carpeted hallways and lobbies, cleaning crews may want to invest in ride-on machines as an alternative to wide-vacuums. These units feature cleaning widths up to 34 inches, helping janitors to clean spaces quickly because they can cover so much ground. And without walking behind the machine and swinging a vacuum head, there is no worker fatigue.

Similar to using ride-on extractors, there are safety concerns with using ride-on vacuums. Operators need to be tall enough to be able to comfortably reach the pedals and see over the dashboard. Drivers need to be attentive at all times, especially if working around building occupants or other janitors.