A vacuum cleaner, commonly referred to as a “vacuum” is a device that uses an air pump to create a partial vacuum to suck up dust and dirt, usually from floors, and optionally from other surfaces as well. The dirt is collected by either a dustbag or a cyclone for later disposal. Vacuum cleaners, which are used in homes as well as in industry, exist in a variety of sizes and models: small battery-operated hand-held devices, domestic central vacuum cleaners, huge stationary industrial appliances that can handle several hundred litres of dust before being emptied, and self-propelled vacuum trucks for recovery of large spills or removal of contaminated soil. Should your vacuum cleaner give you constant problems, you may have to replace it. The easiest way to find suppliers is to search the internet: I searched “vacuum cleaner supplies Western Cape”.

There are many different types of vacuum cleaners available, and ultimately, you would have to make a decision based on your requirements and what is available. Here are a few different types:

–       Upright cleaners: Upright vacuum cleaners were extremely common a couple of years ago. They were then bumped off of number one by the drum model, and it is now slowly making its way back up the popularity list. They are basically a cleaning head, onto which a handle and bag are attached. Upright designs usually employ a rotating brushroll or beater bar, which removes dirt through a combination of sweeping and vibration.

–       Cylinder cleaners: Cylinder models have the motor and dust collector (using a bag or bag-less) in a separate unit, usually mounted on wheels, which is connected to the vacuum head by a flexible hose. Their main advantage is flexibility, as you can attach different heads for different tasks, and manoeuvrability.

–       Drum cleaners: Drum models are essentially heavy-duty industrial versions of cylinder vacuum cleaners, where the cylinder consists of a large vertically positioned drum, which can be stationary or on wheels. Smaller versions, for use in garages or small workshops, are usually electrically powered. I replaced my broken vacuum cleaner with one of these models when searching “vacuum cleaner supplies Western Cape”.

There are many more types, such as wet and dry cleaners; pneumatic cleaners; backpack cleaners; handheld cleaners; robotic cleaners and cyclonic cleaners. But, ultimately, the choice is yours. Whether you search “vacuum cleaner supplies Western Cape” on the internet, or whether you search for a company in the Yellow Pages; you will find the right company and the right cleaner.