I will refer you to the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) website (Carpet and Rug Institute) where you can find a variety of CRI Seal of Approval (SOA) vacuum cleaners. Under the SOA program, vacuum units are tested in laboratories on standard test carpet that has been soiled with a five-component recipe that mirrors actual consumer soil samples from across the U.S.
Some things to look for in a vacuum cleaner:
- Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval. Go for the Silver or Gold SOA rating.
- High efficiency filtration. A double-lined polypropylene fiber bag that achieves something near
99% efficiency at 1.0 micron rather than a paper bag that filters only 80-90% of particles at 7.0 microns.
- You might also want to consider a floating head on your vacuum, so that you don’t have to adjust its fixed setting every time you go from one carpet height to another.
- A three-position switch: off, suction only, and suction with brush agitation.
- A 50-foot electrical cord.
- With hard housings (bag containers), you will want an indicator light to tell you when the
collection bag is full.
If you have any more questions, call Mark Brant of Sweeper City Vacuum Cleaners in Bartlesville at 918-440-5581.
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