Vacuum Cleaner Tips

A quick and simple tip for the next time start up the trusty vacuum cleaner to improve efficiency.

Service the vacuum after every job. That’s right, a clean vacuum will perform and have better suction then a dirty one. Dirty bags and filters just cause the vacuum to work harder, thus reducing the quality of work you get and the time you spend vacuuming.

Every vacuum is different but following is a basic checklist of after cleaning maintenance you should be performing.

Check and clean the;


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Dust Bag (or empty the dust container )

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This simple checklist will ensure you get the most efficiency and life out of your vacuum cleaner.




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Commercial Equipment For The Home

Commercial Equipment For The Home

It’s no secret that our lives are more busier then ever before – with longer work hours, family commitments and social gatherings, very little time and energy is left to do the chores around the house.

After a long days work the last thing anyone wants to do is to clean the house, even though it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis.

We can easily get stuck in our old ways of everyday life, but there are a few little things you can do that will make a big difference in any project you tackle. Commercial equipment for home cleaning.


The fundamental rule in any kind of task you are doing is as follows;  it is the equipment that should be doing most of the work, not you – it’s the equipment that should be making life easier for you, not harder.

This may sound like a obvious statement, but most people don’t think about and assess the tasks they are doing, and sitting back for a moment to see where you can improve efficiency in your task could offer great value.vac1

The problem is that people don’t realise that what you find in the local supermarket isn’t necessarily the best option. The products you find there are designed for a set target audience and the value they provide is often based on price and marketing.

Even the big box stores offer products that rely on value, brand names and visual styling to appeal to their target demographic, all of which may be good products in their own rights, but doesn’t mean its something that can truly assist you in increasing efficiency in what you are doing.


When you think of the term “Commercial” in any application, people may automatically assume that it is expensive, daunting and difficult to use, where in fact you can pick up a lot of commercial equipment at reasonable prices and some even for less then the marketed luxury brands.

It’s time to change the mindset that only domestic grade equipment should be use by domestic home-owners and only leave the good stuff for the professionals.

So i give you 2 simple commercial upgrades to make your life easier.



I had always wondered why vacuum brands decided that dragging a standard pull behind vacuum by the cord of the vacuum handle is the optimal way to clean. Not only do you have to constantly stop to adjust the Vacuum so it’s not in your way but you also have to contend with the power cable dragging behind and getting in the way.

This has been the main method of use ever since the vacuum was invented, and while this is fine for small studio type apartments, it isn’t the most efficient way to clean the average size house or workspace.backpack vacuum

A simple backpack Vacuum upgrade will increase the efficiency of your job by placing the vacuum cleaner on your back, giving you the freedom to move around from room to room without having to worry about dragging a dead weight behind you, and stairs will be easier to climb as you don’t need to stop and pick up the pull vacuum and interrupt your cleaning flow.

The backpack like straps securely support the vacuum on your back giving you full range of motion and movement around you, the power cable is at arms reach giving you easy access to adjust the cord when it gets caught on a obstruction in the room, and the vacuum handles are generally better sized in length, helping you not need to slouch, which has a side benefit of preventing you from getting back problems in the future.

Most commercial vacuum cleaners these days also come with multiple level HEPA filtering systems, which reduces the amount of microscopic dusting being blown back up in the air, leaving your property smelling fresher and dust free.
Polyvac and Pullman are just a couple of leading commercial brands that offer a quality $300 vacuum solution, and most brands also offer these optional extras to make vacuuming that much easier.

  • 20 metre Power CordEnough length to cover a single floor or an average size property or workspace.
    Single-use dust bagsMakes disposing of vacuum dust and rubbish easy and friendly for people with allergies. (Reusable bag option available**)
  • Light-weight and Quiet options – Although a bit more expensive, these premium models offer lightweight units and handles and Low db motors.
  • Accessories – You can customise the add-on accessories to your needs. (links)
  • Long life and Repairable – These Vacuums are made for long hours of operation so they are built to last, and for those times when something goes wrong, most commercial retailers have their own technicians who can service and repair any problems you may have, which will extend the life of your vacuum as well as saving you money in long run.

You will be surprised how much more versatile a backpack vacuum can be in your life.


The market is flooded with domestic mops and buckets – you have the push down and twist, and foot or hand crank squeeze buckets, the all in one built in mop, the list goes on and on. Most of these are flimsy, plastic, annoying to wring out, uncomfortable to use, inexpensive so you don’t give a second thought when they break and they will never do a good job.

Most of these mops will leave your floor looking clean but in fact will still be unsanitary, and the fact they are hard to properly wring out means the mop head will remain dirty, wet, and a perfect place to harbor germs.

The simple upgrade and solution here is to purchase the mop and bucket separately. No need to go to a commercial retailer as most hardware stores like Bunnings and Masters will stock theses along with longer lasting cleaning solutions that will save you money and keep your floor clean and sanitary.

THE MOP (Handle & Head):

Mop & BucketA good solid handle is a must when it comes in choosing a mop, these can be purchased separately and i recommend Oates Aluminum handles. These are strong, nice to hold and light weight and will outlast the mop heads.

When it comes to commercial mop heads, you have a few to choose from – the main difference being the thread thickness. This all comes down to personal choice so its good to see which one suits your needs better, but its good to remember a thicker thread suits tiled or wood surfaces, and a thinner thread for smooth vinyl surfaces.

It is also a good idea to change your mop head at least once every few months to keep your floors hygienic.


When it comes to buckets, there is only one that i would recommend and thats a Roller wringer bucket. These comes with a easy carry handle, large foot pedals to help you get that extra good wring to remove debris and dirty water from your mop, and are made from light-weight but strong, durable and hygienic plastic that will last you for years to come.

And thats it, with these simple upgrades you will save time and energy in your every day cleaning jobs and give yourself free to enjoy things you would rather be doing.

It is good to take note that what i have written about in this post doesn’t just apply to cleaning. No matter what activity you need to accomplish, the simple task of taking step back and assessing the equipment you are using and seeing where it can be improved can make a big difference in the end result, and a few hours of research can offer years of value.


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