Not only do vacuums capture more dust, they contain it with proper filtration.

“Backpack vacuum filtration captures minute or micron sized particles so that the person doing the work isn’t breathing them in or putting them back out into the environment,” says William Griffin, president of Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc. “People these days are more concerned with better filtration. It is safer to use for the facility cleaners and the building occupants.”

Schneringer agrees and adds that these filters can also help reduce cleaning frequencies because they prevent small dust particles from being redistributed onto surfaces during the initial cleaning process.

“It is one thing to pick up the dirt from the surface, and it is another thing to trap it in the vacuum cleaner,” he says. “Other tools are good at picking up big stuff, but may vent and redistribute fine particulates back into the air. Backpack vacuums have filters that prevent this from happening.”

HEPA filters, for example, capture 99.97 percent of contaminants from carpet and flooring. These filters can be found in most commercial vacuums, making them a strong alternative to traditional dusting and sweeping.

“Both upright and backpack vacuums have really good HEPA filtration,” explains Rex Morrison, founder of Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools. “There isn’t much of a difference between them when it comes to filtration.”

The main difference between these machines lies in the vacuum attachments and the maneuverability of workers when using the backpack equipment.

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