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User survey takes a closer look at vacuum cleaners

October 22, 2010
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CHICAGO — Cleaning professionals use their vacuum cleaners more than 20 hours per week, said an online survey conducted by Tornado Industries, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, according to a press release.
The most common types of vacuum cleaners used are upright single-motor vacuums, 40 percent; upright double-motor, 26 percent; and backpacks, 22 percent: The remainder used special-use vacuum cleaners such as wide-area machines, the release stated.
As an indication of the quality of today''s commercial vacuum cleaners, replacing filter bags was listed as the number one cost of ownership, the release noted.
"We also asked questions specifically addressing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Existing Building: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) standards and vacuum cleaners," says Jolynn Kennedy, marketing manager for Tornado.
"For instance, 70 percent said they did know that green cleaning products were a prerequisite for attaining LEED-EBOM certification," Kennedy added.
According to the release, nearly all of the respondents knew that a qualifying LEED-EBOM vacuum cleaner must have a sound level no higher than 70 decibels and must meet specific criteria as to performance, dust containment and protection of indoor air quality.
Click here to read the complete release.
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