What’s the difference between a commercial vacuum cleaner primarily used for businesses and a regular vacuum vacuum cleaner primarily used for households? The biggest difference is that a regular vacuum cleaner is designed to be used about an 1 hour per week (and many are used much less than this, as I’m sure you’ve seen many carpets that probably didn’t get vacuumed more than once a month despite there being a vacuum cleaner in the nearby closet) whereas a commercial vacuum has to withstand much more sustained use. For instance, a cleaning service might spend hours each day vacuuming the buildings and offices it maintains, therefore, a commercial vacuum that will meet there needs should be able to operate 10-20 hours each week, for a number of years, without breaking (hopefully, that is). The irony to this is that commercial vacuum cleaners would actually make excellent lifetime vacuum cleaners for regular household use, but, considering considering the availability of commercial vacuum cleaners, most people reach for the Dirt Devil or Hoover sold at Sears without much second thought, even if the price is the same for either a commercial or regular vacuum. (There are some value-priced commercial vacuum cleaners that are well designed and will last many years but amazingly cost less than certain big name brand household vacuum cleaners. The superb vacuum cleaner made by Carpet Pro that costs $200 comes to mind as a good commercial cleaner that really works great for both household and commercial usage. But more on this in another article!)
So what it comes down to is better and stronger durability; the lifetime of the parts in a commercial vacuum cleaner must stand up to much more wear and tear over the long run. Further proof to this point is that carpets in various businesses are more likely to get dirtier than household carpets. For instance, if you’re standing in a line at a FedEx, imagine the dirt and whatnot that gets in the carpet from your shoes. Imagine you were in the snow before that. Throw in a little mud too. Now think of all the other people in line, and how this formula for tracking dirt in on the carpet repeats itself 365 days a year. So not only will the commercial vacuum cleaner need to last up to daily or semi-daily use, it’s going to have to pull more dirt out of the carpet as well!