Do I need a commercial vacuum cleaner?

Why dry soil removal is an important part of the cleaning process:

  1. If you don’t vacuum before cleaning, dry soiling turns to ‘mud’ when it’s wet, making it more difficult to remove
  2. Once wet, dry particulate soiling clings to carpets fibres, making it difficult to remove – a bit like sand clings to wet feet.
  3. Once wet, gravity draws soiling deeper into the carpet, making it more difficult to remove.
  4. Professional image – shows customers you do the job properly
  5. Prevents damage to your extractor – never use your extraction machine for vacuuming. Extraction machines are designed for wet pick-up only. If you use for dry vacuuming, you will clog up the fans inside your motors, which reduces vacuum performance and can also break your vacuum motors.

Can I use a domestic vacuum cleaner?

If you are starting out and on a budget, you can get by with a good domestic upright vacuum cleaner (with rotating brush). A commercial vacuum cleaner like the Sebo BS360 would be better if funds allow:

  • More professional image (compared to using a domestic vacuum cleaner the customer may own)
  • Much more durable
  • Dual motor (compared to single motor usually on domestic machines)
  • Commercial-use warranty
sebo bs36 / 360
Sebo BS360 commercial vacuum cleaner is used by many professional carpet cleaners