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Cleaning gyms? Get a vacuum with muscle.

September 19, 2010
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A health club gives a vacuum a real workout. Thousands of people occupy clubs and gyms each day. The workout equipment constantly produces dust and collects hair. Facilities that are even open 24 hours have their own special needs. To keep up the pace, gyms need a rugged, tough, durable vacuum.

Capital Cleaning Contractors Inc., a jan/san facilities maintenance provider headquartered in Melville, New York, operates in every province in Canada and all 50 U.S. states. Over three years ago, the company won part of a nationwide health club account, and started evaluating new methods for tackling the challenge.

"The clubs we do in the states are open 24 hours a day. We''re always working around people and tightly-spaced machines," says Robert Natale, sales manager at Capital Cleaning Contractors. "We can vacuum at 9 am and by 11 am it looks like no one has touched it. I knew we needed backpacks, so our workers could be more agile, get into tight crevices, do edges and move around more quickly than with an upright."

The first brand of backpacks Natale tried failed under the stress of the task, with weak suction, clogged bags, short cords, and a high frequency of breaking down and burning out.

"We needed something that was durable and tough, so we switched to ProTeam," says Natale.

ProTeam® backpack vacuums feature a high-powered motor for powerful suction to extract dirt, hair and other debris, with a Four Level® Filtration system that traps even microscopic dust—including pet dander, pollen, mold, and dust mites. Ideal for commercial carpet and hard surfaces, a ProTeam backpack also includes a 50'' extension cord and integrated tool belt to boost maneuverability and productivity.

"ProTeam vacuums are durable, solid, and comfortable," says Natale. "In this application, the backpacks run for hours every day, and they''ve proven to be rugged and versatile. I don''t know of any that have broken down. The first one we bought over two years ago is still in operation. ProTeam backpacks also make it easier for our cleaning staff to quickly clean floors and do detail work like rafters and vents. They spend less time on vacuuming to hit other areas in the gym. I would recommend ProTeam to anyone who wants good, solid, reliable equipment."

The health club client was so satisfied with the quality and level of service, Capital Cleaning won the rest of the portfolio. The company now cleans just under 500 health clubs across North America, and each one is outfitted with a ProTeam backpack vacuum.

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