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Safety Tips: Upright Vacuum

In our previous safety tip blog we covered the usage for backpack vacuums. This is a continuation of that series, and we will be introducing the proper usage of the upright vacuum. The upright vacuum is one of the most common equipment used to clean dust and debris from the floors.

Do it safely:

  • Use PPE: Always wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and safety glasses.

  • Caution signs: Place caution signs to designate your work zone to prevent tripping hazards.

Check the equipment:

  • Check the bag: Ensure the vacuum bag is not full. Full bags may pass dirt back into the room or clog, preventing proper airflow and potentially causing the equipment to overheat resulting in damage to the unit.

  • Inspect the power cord: Check for twists, cuts, or bare wires. Ensure the wires are fully attached to the vacuum body.

  • Check the vacuum belt: Make sure the belt is tight enough for full functionality.

  • Verify that the beater bar: Ensure that the beater bar can spin freely.


  • Plug in the power cord: Ensure it is properly connected.

  • Place caution signs: Position signs so people are aware of where the cord is located.

  • Be aware of your surroundings: Avoid running over the power cord and colliding with baseboards and furniture.

  • Proper Posture: If you need to reach lower areas, bend at the knees to avoid back strain. Proper usage of your shoulder and upper body will reduce fatigue.

Areas of focus:

  • Underneath furniture: Pay attention to areas under trash cans, desks, chairs, and tables.

  • Edges and corners: Do not forget about these areas.

  • Use attachments: Utilize various attachments as needed.

  • High traffic areas: Vacuum along the areas of high traffic.

Post vacuum:

  • Remove caution signs: Once you are finished, take down the caution signs.

  • Unplug the vacuum safely: Do not pull on the cord; unplug it carefully.

  • Wind up the cord: Start winding the cord from the vacuum.

  • Inspect your work: Ensure all areas have been covered and everything is back in place.

Stay tuned for more safety tips from SWA in the future blogs to come. If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to contact us or email



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