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In 1907, James Murray Spangler from Canton, Ohio invented the first practical, portable electric vacuum cleaner and received a patent in 1908. He formed the Electric Suction Sweeper Company.  One of his first buyers was William Hoover’s wife, his cousin.  James Spangler sold his patent rights to William Hoover and continued to design for him.  William Hoover financed the improvements to Spangler’s vacuum cleaner and became the founder and president of the Hoover Company. 

In 1909, Eureka was founded by Fred Wardell in Detroit Michigan.  By 1927 Eureka was selling one third of all vacuums manufactured in the U.S.  In 1974 the Eureka Company was purchased by AB Electrolux of Sweden. 

For many years after their introduction, vacuum cleaners remained a luxury item, but after World War II, they became a common household item for the middle class.  There have been many improvements over the years. Modern day vacuums include:  Upright, Canister, Drum, Wet/Dry, Pneumatic, Backpack, Hand-held, Robotic, Cyclonic and Central Vac.  

Manual floor and carpet sweepers are still available today.  The vacuum evolved from the carpet sweeper.  The first manual carpet models were developed around the 1860’s.  Electrolux, Rubbermaid, Franklin Cleaning Technologies, and Scotch-Brite provide quality manual floor/carpet sweepers.   

Vacuum Cleaners
Some vacuum cleaners require disposable vacuum bags others are bagless.  Electric vacuums offer attachments like extension wands, hard floor brushes, powered beater bar brushes for carpets, dusting brushes, crevice tools, and upholstery nozzles. 

High efficiency, Hepa vacuums capture ultra fine particles and dust that could harm the operator and others who are sensitive and require a hypoallergenic vacuum.  

Performance of a vacuum cleaner can be measured by its airflow, air speed, and suction.  You might also consider the weight of the vacuum, the noise level, and the cord and hose length.    

Choose from commercial uprights, canisters, handhelds, backpacks, manual floor and carpet sweepers, and even wide area vacuums for industrial use.  The 28 inch wide area vacuum by Electrolux Sanitaire reduces cleaning time by nearly half.  Backpack vacuum cleaners are used for commercial cleaning because they allow the user to move about easily and quickly.  Canisters give the user flexibility; the head can reach under furniture and it is easier to vacuum stairs and furniture verses an upright.  Handhelds are handy for those quick cleanups when you don’t have your regular vacuum nearby.  If noise is an issue, and you need to be really quiet, use the manual floor and carpet sweepers.       

Wet-Dry Vacuums
Wet-Dry Vacuums from Shop-Vac and Rigid are typically designed for indoor and outdoor use.  They will accommodate both wet and dry debris.  Most are equipped with an exhaust port for reversing the airflow so you can use as a blower.  

Vacuum Bags & Accessories
Traditional vacuum cleaner bags, high efficiency hepa vacuum bags and filters, belts, cartridge filters and vacuum magnets are available for quick delivery from  Manufacturers like Eureka, Electrolux, Shop-Vac, Unisan, and Janitized provide quality vacuum accessories and bags.   

Personally Speaking
I prefer the canister style vacuum cleaner for my home because I have to vacuum hardwood floors, carpets, stairs, walls and furniture.  Uprights are just too bulky for me to maneuver around.  I think uprights are better for commercial use. We also keep a wet-dry vacuum at home and at the boat.  I use it to vacuum up water and to vacuum the carpeting in our cars and boat.  You can also use it to blow leaves out of you garage.  Thank you so much for visiting and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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