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For years, when it came to buying a vacuum cleaner, you had few choices. You would buy an upright or canister, and generally had your choice of manufacturers such as Hoover or Eureka. That has all changed. Today, you can still choose between an upright or canister but your choices of brands is truly amazing. In fact, with so many choices, it can sometimes seem like a daunting task just to buy a vacuum cleaner. Because you have so many choices, we have compiled some valuable information to help.

Wet / Dry Vacuums

At one time, only shops used the wet/dry vacuum. Today, with such huge advancements in technology, this type of vacuum has changed dramatically. First, the loud noise associated with the old style of wet/dry vacuum has been forever banished.

You can choose this particular style of vacuum in a number of horsepower, from 1.5 to 10.5 and sizes, all the way from 6 gallons up to 22 gallons. Just be sure you choose the wet/dry vacuum to match the type of work you need it to do. For instance, if you need a vacuum for simple and quick jobs, the wall mounted style that features a one-gallon tank and 1.5 HP would be ideal. For larger jobs, you might consider the six-gallon style. Just keep in mind that although this size is easier to handle than the larger size, it is still louder than the small vacuum and is more apt to tip over. Finally, the largest size model is designed to handle large spills and clean up. Although this model is heavier, it does not need to be emptied as often as the smaller models.

Hard Surface Steam Cleaner

Although not a typical vacuum, the hard surface steam cleaner still falls within the same category. This particular option is the perfect choice for cleaning any kind of hard surface. Best of all, you will not need to use any chemicals so this option would be ideal for hardwood floors.

Typically, most models of hard surface cleaners have a 25-inch cleaning radius, uses water up to 220 degrees F to clean and sanitize the floor, again, no chemicals so all you use is plain tap water, and you eliminate the need to work with bulky buckets of water and unsanitary mops.

Deep Cleaning

With steam vacuums, you can clean either floors or carpets. This is the ideal choice if you have pets or small children that tend to spill. When shopping around for the best model, you should consider one that is designed with rotating brushes, which helps to lift the deep dirt out so it can be cleaned. Additionally, although it may seem like a luxury, a model with headlights is wonderful in that it helps you see the dirt.

Other features to consider is one that is made for hot water and cleaning solution so you can get dirt and grime out of carpets, versatility in switching from a floor cleaning vacuum to that of a carpet cleaning vacuum, one-hand tank removal, no faucet hookup, and a special nozzle that can be used on stairs or specific soiled areas.
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