Inspired by some of my readers, I’ve decided to focus today on car cleaning, more precisely, on car vacuum cleaners. Perhaps you have been in the awkward situation of lugging your household vacuum cleaner across the driveway to clean your car seats, only to find that the cable is too short to reach your car. Usually this is the point at which you either start wishing for a specialized vacuum cleaner or you go to a car wash which offers free vacuum. Everyone understands the value of keeping a car clean. An automobile is oftentimes loved, and it is not just unsightly to see the pet hair and food crumbs rocking your car. It is also unhygienic. This makes it a reasonable habit to vacuum your car’s interior regularly, in a bid to get rid of germs, bacteria and allergens that might be ingrained on the marts and car seats. With a variety of specialized vacuum cleaners out there, you’ll definitely need such a definitive guide as you head to the retail stores.
Let’s take a look at what I consider to be the best selection of vacuums you would use to clean your car:
Why cordless vacuum cleaners?
This has been the most favored category when it comes to car vacs. Ideally, there are two broad categories of vacuum cleaners specially designed to clean cars. These include cordless handhelds and the professional wall-mounts. Corded vacuums may provide the highest suction power in the market but their use is only limited to areas which have an outlet power source. Cars usually lack this addition, a reason why such vacuums are rendered almost mangles. Cordless vacuum cleaners on the other hand, are significantly smaller. They run on rechargeable batteries, with their portability giving users the easy of carrying them around. When selecting automobile vacs, therefore, take into account the following considerations.
The vacuum cleaner’s motor and general design will determine the amount of suction power that it has. This implies that some vacs have greater suction power compared to others. If your intention is to use the vacuum cleaner on other sections outside the car such as the garage floor, then a corded vacuum cleaner would be the most ideal because it has a more powerful motor and obviously greater suction power. Even so, bear in mind that cordless vacuum’s suction power majorly depends on the battery life, something that you should consider when selecting from the available appliances out there.
Charge length and battery life
Inasmuch as all cordless vacuum cleaners run on batteries, the wisest shopper should go for a vacuum cleaner with a longer battery life to enable him or her complete the cleaning exercise without interruptions. The vacuum cleaner should as well be endowed with excellent charging indicators to determine when the battery is about to die. If you look at Hoover’s Linx Handheld vacuum cleaner for instance, it holds charge for a remarkable duration. It has a well-designed led display which is blue in color, indicating the vac’s battery life. Such are the features that you should consider before you make any purchase.
If you will be cleaning your car while on the go, a cordless vacuum cleaner is the most viable option. The vacuums can easily be stored in the trunk or in the back of your car. If the car is somewhat commercial and you need to touch it up before you pick or after dropping some passengers, portability is the biggest feature to watch out for. If the car will be vacuumed once a week on the other hand, then a larger vacuum cleaner is ideal.
Size of your car
Cars do no have a similar design in terms of size and the interior make. This is an important factor which ought to be considered before buying a car vacuum cleaner. If you own a big car that hauls the entire family around, you will need a more heftier vacuum cleaner and not the entry-level models. If you have toddlers in your car, packed with their snacks and cereals, they will obviously leave more trash in your car. This calls or a hand-held bagless vacuum cleaner to hold all the debris before it is emptied.
The car’s interior design
What is the interior made of? Once this question is answered, you will definitely think of the best appliance that is capable of handling your car’s interior. Always go for top-rated car cleaners because they have the kind of accessories that can handle any interior design. Some of these vacuum cleaners have wide attachments, which are ideal when cleaning carpeted areas and floor mats. These are areas that oftentimes get clogged with dirt and therefore call for special inclusions such as steam. If the car’s interior is made of leather on the other hand, you may need a vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachments. This is the only accessory that will protect vinyl and leather from tearing during the cleaning exercise.
Power and tank capacity
When talking of a vacuum cleaner’s power, the main point is amperage. A vacuum cleaner with high amperage will obviously boast of higher suction power. Power begins from around 12V, so you should make a choice based on the kind of cleaning that you expect to do. Always remember that more power translates to a greater cleaning ability. 12-volt car vacuums carry as much power as the home vacs, and assuming that your battery is fully charged, they can run for as much as thirty minutes without draining the car’s battery.
Reach and design
Naturally, a car cleaner will only be rendered useful if it is capable of clearing all dirt and debris from the car. Its suction power aside, consider the important aspects of its design such as attachments. Ensure you go for a vacuum cleaner that has a good reach and extra attachments such as longer hoses. Give preference to ergonomic designs because they increase comfort, implying that the vac can be used over a long period of time.
Other features that you should consider include:
- crevice tools to clear the debris that accumulates under the seats
- upholstery/carpet brushes to handle a softer fabric
- replaceable filters, an important feature for someone who has pets or even allergic passengers
- long cord. In case you go for a corded vacuum cleaner, it should have at least a 25-feet cord to reach your car from the power outlet
- ease of cleaning. The vacuum cleaner should be easy to detach and clean
In summary, you will be hit by an assortment of vacuum cleaners the moment you visit the shops in search for an ideal vacuum cleaner. While budget is an important consideration, always remember that high-end car vacuum cleaners do not come cheap. If you need a vacuum cleaner who’s service is upbeat, be willing to part with some reasonable bucks. Rest assured, you’ll definitely get a start from my top 5; however, both me and the readers of this blog would love your feedback.
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