Whats the best style vacuum cleaner for hard flooring?
Canister vacuums outperform upright style vacuums on hard flooring surfaces. The reason is because canister vacuums come with tools specifically designed to clean hard flooring. The floor brushes are shallow and flat enabling the tool to hug the ground. Where a spinning brush roll is desired in carpet cleaning, a straight suction floor brush is desired for hard surface cleaning.
What else makes canister vacuums superior on hard flooring?
The hard flooring tools allow dirt and debris to enter the suction channel through notches cut between the front bristles. As the floor brush slides across the floor, the bristles actually dust the surface in the same manner you would dust your counter top. This means the finer particles are removed and your flooring receives a thorough clean.
What is the difference between different types of floor brushes?
Some floor brushes have natural hair bristles and some have synthetic bristles. The natural bristles are designed for sensitive flooring where a delicate touch ensures no damage to the finish (example: real hardwood floors). Synthetic bristles are generally better for tougher flooring that’s not easily scared by stiffer bristles. These surfaces may include some tile, rock and linoleum. Be sure to check which style is recommended by your flooring company before deciding on a floor brush model.
Floor brushes also come in variable surface options as well. These brushes will actually switch between hard flooring and carpet functions at the flip of a switch. On the hard floor setting, the standard bristles will protrude from the bottom of the floor tool allowing for optimal hard surface cleaning. Flip the switch on the floor brush head and a rug bumper becomes engaged allowing for an easy slide on area rugs.
Canister vacuums can clean in areas upright vacuums can’t
Hard flooring is typically found in the kitchen, dining room or any area not meant for lying on the floor. When cleaning these areas canister vacuums can prove to make your life much easier. The slim wand and long hose give users great reach with a small nimble cleaning device. Whereas upright vacuum cleaners must be able to fit the whole vacuum body, canister vacuums only have to fit a tiny vacuum head and skinny wand. This is especially relevant because kitchen tables, chairs, desks and many other applications can all be cleaned under with little to no effort. This saves you the trouble of moving furniture every time you decide to vacuum.
Why is a brush roll bad for hard floors?
Brush rolls have bristles that spin and remove debris from carpet fibers. When used on hard floors they tend to fling dirt around instead of gently suctioning up the dirt. The brush rolls can also damage some sensitive hard surfaces. Stiff bristles that are desired for some style carpeting can have negative effects on hardwood finishing.
Will the canister wheels damage my hard surface?
Vacuum wheels can indeed damage your hard flooring. Depending on your surface type you have, certain wheels are suitable. Rubber wheels are the best and ensure your surface will not get scratched or permanently damaged in any way (all Miele canister vacuums have rubber wheels). Other canister vacuums on the market have plastic wheels. These wheels can damage some of the more sensitive surfaces, but are perfectly suitable for tougher tiles or stone.
What if I want an upright for my hard flooring?
Some customers only want upright vacuums not matter what flooring they have. We understand and have some advice you. Some upright vacuums have the ability to turn the brush roll on and off. This means you can clean your hard flooring using suction only which eliminates the flying dust sent everywhere by the spinning brush roll.
Our Suggested canister hard flooring vacuums
In our experience Miele makes the best canister vacuum cleaners for household hard flooring. They make the best floor brushes in many different styles to fit almost any user need. Their canisters offer powerful six level suction controls to accommodate a variety of cleaning surfaces. Combine all these features with HEPA filtration and the Miele seven years warranty and there is really no reason to look any further.