More than 3 decades ago cyclone vacuums made their way onto the market by finding a solution to clogging bags in bagged vacuums. The solution lies in the method of separation of rubbish from vacuum air and rubbish collection i.e. a cyclone separator.
Vacuum cleaners collect and concentrate rubbish from a large area into a small vessel. The rubbish includes unwanted spoilage microbes such as bacteria, fungus, and germs.
So, let's look at the method of filtration and rubbish collection for Bagged Vacuums.
In bagged vacuums, filtration is by interception of rubbish by the bag. The porous bag has vacuum air passing through it and the collected rubbish, purging smelly decomposing odours created by microbes. The smell is worse if the bag is partially full and left-over time, giving microbes time to multiply.
Now let's look at the principle of rubbish collection for cyclone vacuums.
With the Advantage vacuum cleaner, the container is constructed from antibacterial solid plastic material. In operation, centrifugal force separates rubbish from the air immediately on entering the tank, and moves it to the tank walls. The air travels both tangentially and radially towards the centre of the vacuum cleaner. In the inner cyclones, centrifugal force moves fine particles to the cyclone walls, which then fall to the bottom of a sealed bin. The air moves towards the central vortex, then up and out of the cyclone tube in the opposite direction to the rubbish. Rubbish and air separate in an instance, reducing purging of smelly air contaminants. The bin design prevents re-entry of rubbish into the air stream.
Clogging of bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners
Cyclone vacuums are less prone to clogging. In Advantage the smallest hole size is 0.6mm at the Mesh Filter, positioned before the internal cyclones, in comparison bagged vacuums have microscopic filter pores that clog easily with fine dust.
The cyclone filter system does not provide absolute filtration. The Advantage cyclone filtration efficiency is 99.92%. To reduce emission further, a pleated back up motor filter is used to reduce emission’s to less than 0.008%. This filter is Teflon coated for dust release and waterproofed for cleaning by rinsing. The filter can be restored about 10 times before replacement.
Since cyclone vacuums clog less, they provide more consistent high airflow which improves vacuum cleaning.
Improved vacuum cleaning is occasionally mistaken by some users as increased maintenance because emptying is more frequent.
The main difference between the two systems lies in filter maintenance. The Advantage Mesh Filter is maintained by a single swipe from a microfibre duster and the reusable Motor Filter is maintained by rinsing.
Bagged vacuums with cloth bags require vacuuming of the filter which is more difficult and takes a lot longer. Full filter restoration is almost impossible without thoroughly washing the bag or by dry cleaning, as such vacuuming performance continually remains significantly deficient.
Additional Cost of Bagged Vacuums.
For the average commercial cleaner, we estimate the additional material cost of replacement bags around $100.00 p.a.