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In the hospitality business, first impressions matter. Hotels, bars, and restaurants are constantly under public scrutiny and judged by their standard of clean. In fact, cleanliness is one of the most important factors in gaining customer loyalty. Experts say that this market needs machines that work quickly and quietly to clean up the dirt, dust, and grime so their reputation stays as spotless as the floors.

The upright vacuum remains the most recognizable and most popular type of vacuum in the hospitality industry, especially in hotels, thanks in large part to how long the product has been on the market, says Darren Tharp, equipment specialist, Central Sanitary Supply, Modesto, California.

Single-motor, upright vacuums are used primarily in hotel rooms or smaller areas that need to be cleaned quickly. The relatively low weight of the machine allows the user to clean at a quick pace without as much strain as using a dual motor upright. The machine’s weight also makes it easier for the housekeeper to put the machine on the cleaning cart and transfer it from one room to the next.

Another feature of single-motor vacuums that suit them for cleaning hotel rooms is the dust control each machine offers. This is especially important in hotel rooms. The single-motor uprights quickly suck up and contain any dust that has settled in the hospitality space.

While the single-motor uprights work best for users looking for a quick cleaning process, the dual-motor uprights are used in areas of the facility that need a more thorough cleaning. The dual-motor vacuums are heavier than the single-motor uprights and are often used by workers who clean lobbies and other areas with high amounts of traffic. The vacuums extract the dirt from the carpet while grooming it at the same time.

Too often, facilities in the hospitality industry aren’t using high-quality commercial-grade vacuums in their cleaning programs. Instead, they opt for equipment that comes with a low up-front price tag and ignore long-term return on investment.

Manufacturers say the average lifespan of a low-cost vacuum in a commercial facility setting is six months, compared to three-plus years for a high-quality commercial-grade upright. Low-cost vacuums are often replaced six times in the same lifespan of a high-quality counterpart.

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