Everything You Need in a Central Vacuum System

Everything You Need in a Central Vacuum System

Central vacuum service and sales have been a central part of Swanson’s Discount Vacuum for almost 40 years. The experienced staff at Swanson’s can service basically every component on any central vacuum system. Regardless of the brand of central vacuum, we can either provide in-home service or you can bring it to us to repair in-store.

Central Vacuum Systems & Parts In-Stock

We readily stock every part and piece you will need for your central vacuum system such as pipe, tubing, and all the different types of fittings. We stock accessories including upholstery tools, crevice tools, hose socks (a cover which goes over the hose) and more. Attachments including individual hard floor tools, carpet tools, and rotary tools for doing your stairs and furniture are all available at Swanson’s. Another product we carry that is quickly growing in popularity are central vacuums with high capacity disposable bags – more on those later!

Central Vacuum Brands

With regards to brand, Swanson’s Discount Vacuum has been the sole Beam central vacuum dealer in the greater Rockford area for about 12 years. Swanson’s stocks four different models of Beam central vacuums, ranging from from small, clear up to gigantic. On display in our showroom is the latest edition Beam unit rated for about 7,500 square feet. We have a variety of tool kits to accompany your central vacuum system, regularly carrying four to five different types of tool kits ranging anywhere from about $200 up to about $700 in cost. We even carry speciality kits just for your garage as well as kits just for your hard floors that are under $200.

Made in America

The other brand of central vacuum that we carry at Swanson’s is the HP Element. HP is a company that is based in Canton, Ohio and their Element central vacuums are proudly assembled in the U.S.A. in Canton, Ohio. They are also one of the oldest central vacuum manufacturers, having started in the 1950s. At Swanson’s, we give you your choice as we have three versions of their machines in stock, from a mid-size unit clear up to a big unit.

Central Vacuum Dust Bags

One of the unique things with HP is they make the DB series, which is the dust bag series. Instead of your dirt going into a bucket that you’re later exposed to when the bucket comes off, with the DB series, the dirt is actually going into a giant HEPA bag system. The HEPA bag also has a pull tab, allowing you to seal closed the bag so that you’re not exposed to the dirt. When the bag is full, you just throw it away and replace it. You can fill these bags virtually full. For the average person, they will probably go through between two to three of these dust bags each year.

In a side-by-side comparison between the HP Element and the Beam, you can see how much larger the dirt bucket is for the HP versus a standard Beam dirt bucket. It’s about twice the size and when you consider that a bag is compacting, you make even better use of your capacity.

Central Vacuum Installation

We can intermingle anything from doing replacement units if your unit is just worn out to new construction and retrofitting into existing homes. Estimates are always free. If you know your square footage and the type of flooring you have, you can come by the store and talk about some equipment and actually give you a real firm price on what it would actually cost to install in an existing home or a new construction house.

Where We Service & Install Central Vacuums

That’s just a side of our business that a lot of people did not realize that we actually do. For us, we service all central vacuums and all portable vacuums and we’re doing it from everywhere from the Janesville and Madison, Wisconsin area, clear down to the Sterling and Rock Falls, Illinois area.

Swanson’s Discount Vacuum is open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT at 7507 N Second Street, Machesney Park, IL 61115. Or to schedule a house appointment, call us at 815-282-2882.

75 Fun Facts About Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

75 Fun Facts About Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

As 2020 draws to a close, so does Swanson’s Discount Vacuum’s 75th year in business. To commemorate this milestone, we’ve compiled a list of 75 fun facts, snippets, and pieces of information about Swanson’s.

  • 1. Next day service on most vacuum cleaner repairs.
  • 2. Our in-store price match guarantee. We will match anyone – local, big box stores, online – even Amazon.
  • 3. Our legendary “Wall of Bags.” That’s a lot of bags.
  • 4. Miele’s HomeCare line of in-store only exclusive vacuums – you won’t find these anywhere online!
  • 5. We have a wide variety of flooring to test vacuum cleaners on to simulate your flooring type.
  • 6. Tackling a big job? Rent a Bissell carpet shampooer for 24 hours for only $29.95
  • 7. We launched our new SwansonsVacuum.com in early 2020 to better serve and inform our loyal customers.
  • 8. We have a MASSIVE warehouse with over 20,000 parts in stock.
  • 9. We are the experts in sales and service. You won’t find this kind of service in the big box stores or online.
  • 10. Our showroom has two Austin Air Systems air purifiers running during business hours.
  • 11. We stock SEBO commercial vacuums with Hospital Grade S Class Filtration.
  • 12. If design is important, we carry stylish cordless stick vacuums by Dyson, Miele & Simplicity
  • 13.Move into a house with a central vac system? We sell, service and install Central Vac systems.
  • 14.We are conveniently located on North 2nd Street in Machesney Park. We’re as close to Hwy 173 as we are downtown Rockford.
  • 15. Our newly expanded showroom opened in October 2020 and nearly doubled the size of our showroom!
  • 16. Familiar faces working the store, some with over 35 years of person service
  • 17. We sell and service the wildly popular and lightweight Oreck vacuum cleaners.
  • 18. We always have daily deals, specials, and closeouts going on – stop in often to find the best deals!
  • 19. Zoie, our Australian Blue Heeler, is the friendliest store greeter you will find… if she’s not sleeping under the counter.
  • 20. Doing some commercial cleaning? We have commercial grade equipment from CleanMax, SEBO, and Sanitaire.
  • 21. Want to try out a commercial vacuum? No problem! We have commercial grade carpet (the same carpet used in the newly established Embassy Suites in downtown Rockford) to test the equipment on.
  • 22. Want a streak free shine on your windows or stainless steel surfaces? We carry a full line of non-toxic, water only cleaning towels by e-Cloth.
  • 23. Need a more potent cleaner for messy stains? We sell highly specialized chemicals designed for specific stains. Red wine remover? We got it. Animal urine stains? We got it.
  • 24. We have every type of vacuum cleaner attachment you could imagine. For instance – we have six types of hard floor attachments alone!
  • 25. We’re giving away our “Weekly Clean Routine.” It is a free downloadable planner for a cleaner home.
  • 26. Is your old vacuum beyond repair? We proudly offer free vacuum cleaner recycling.
  • 27. Like most businesses in 2020, we started selling face masks. But we only sell the highest quality. That’s right – KN95 grade face masks.
  • 28. If you have hard floors, you need to try the Bissell CrossWave. This was perhaps our best selling vacuum/cleaner of 2020! It doesn’t just vacuum your floors but it also washes your floors at the same time.
  • 29. Shopping small and shopping local has never been more meaningful in our 75 years than in 2020. We are so proud to be a small, locally owned business competing with the retail giants.
  • 30. We teach our customers about their vacuum cleaners. We show them how to break them down, clean, repair, and maintain.
  • 31. Sometime we take our demonstrations to the extreme. Did you see the video of Greg standing with his full body weight on a SEBO Automatic X4?
  • 32. So many years later, customers still talk about our old TV commercials. Enjoy this Halloween themed Swanson’s Discount Vacuum commercial from 1997.
  • 33. Quality Products. We pride ourselves on carrying the highest quality products. Take our vast selection of Miele vacuum cleaners for example. Engineered and manufactured in Germany, Miele is a symbol of state-of-the-art quality. They are designed to work better and last longer.
  • 34. In 2020, we investigated the types of vacuum cleaners used in The White House. Fun fact, we sell all of them!
  • 35. Going “back-to-school” this fall took on new meaning. The custodial staffs have become the VIP in a clean and sanitary school and we’re happy to sell and service the equipment used in many area schools.
  • 36. We ship! If you can’t make it into our store, we ship bags, filters, and complete vacuum cleaners nationwide!
  • 37. We sell a variety of vacuum cleaners Made in the U.S.A. From central vacs to Riccar, you can support American manufacturing jobs when shopping at Swanson’s Discount Vacuum.
  • 38. The Rockford area experienced its share of lengthy power outages in 2020. While you might be left in the dark, cordless vacuums help you stay productive when the power goes out. Check out the new Miele Tri-Flex vacuum cleaners for extra power, function, and battery life.
  • 39. Swanson’s has been in business longer than space exploration has existed. But we took a closer look in 2020 at the “out of this world technology” of space travel that has found its way into vacuum cleaners.
  • 40. We’re suckers for vintage vacuum cleaners. We even have a super cool vintage Electrolux on display in our showroom.
  • 41. Dirt attaches itself to the smallest nooks and crannies. Thats why we sell the attachments you need to eliminate that hidden dust under your refrigerator, on your ceiling fans, and elsewhere.
  • 42. We recycled 384 pounds of vacuum cleaners and cords in 2020 alone!
  • 43. Have hard to reach areas that need dusting? We have telescopic sheep’s wool wands that reach over 30’ high to clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, and more.
  • 44. We have the best customers. Plain and simple.
  • 45. Never break another belt. That’s what you get with Hall sensor technology on Riccar vacuums that automatically detects when you suck up a towel, rug, or shoelace, and disables the brush roll.
  • 46. Take your shampooer rental to the next level with an optional handheld wand for the Bissell Big Green commercial shampooer.
  • 47. If you rent a Bissell Big Green commercial shampooer and decided you want to own one, we will apply the cost your rental toward the purchase of your own shampooer!
  • 48. We deep thinkers. Consider this. When you clean your vacuum cleaner, you yourself become a vacuum cleaner.
  • 49. Our community means everything to us. We always look forward to “getting out” and seeing new faces at the Rockford Home Show every year.
  • 50. Little gestures go a long way. When you buy a vacuum cleaner from us, we kindly carry it to your car!
  • 51. Not comfortable leaving your car in 2020? Give us a phone call and we will bring your order to your car with curb service.
  • 52. We offer free estimates on vacuum cleaner repairs. You are in the drivers seat at all times when it comes to repairing or not repairing your vacuum cleaner.
  • 53. Vacuum cleaners are for more than just cleaning your floors. That’s why we sell a variety of handheld vacuums that are ideal for cars, counters, and more.
  • 54. Are you aware of Simplicity brand vacuum cleaners? They are stylish, high quality, and won’t break the bank. As you might guess, we proudly sell Simplicity!
  • 55. We are in no hurry. We realize that the vacuum cleaner you buy might last you the next 10-20 years. We take our time helping you through the decision making process to find the right vacuum that will last for the next decade and beyond.
  • 56. Not all replacement parts are made the same. Find a part, bag, or filter online at a “too good to be true” price? There’s a likelihood that the part is incorrect. Using misfitting parts can do more harm to your vacuum. We use the best parts, leaving no mystery whether it will work.
  • 57. Although infrequent, it’s not unheard of for us to drop off your vacuum to your door!
  • 58. We are a second generation family owned business. While our family didn’t start Swanson’s, we have been stewards of this great business for two generations now.
  • 59. No other store in the area has a wider selection of vacuum cleaners. Some stores might have an aisle or two of vacuum cleaners. We are an entire store!
  • 60. Shopping for your next vacuum at the big box stores? Good luck getting expert support.
  • 61. We carry the same brands (Dyson, Shark, Bissell, etc…) at the same (or better) prices as the big box stores.
  • 62. We also carry the most high end brands (Miele, Riccar, SEBO, etc…) on the market that you won’t find anywhere else locally.
  • 63. We have a sense of humor. See for yourself on our Facebook page @SwansonsVacuum.
  • 64. Remember when you would go into a store and see a familiar face? That’s what you get at Swanson’s. The same familiar and friendly faces have been serving our customers for years.
  • 65. Every customer’s cleaning needs are as unique as they are. From animals to kids, empty nesters to newlyweds, and everyone in between. We get to know our customers on a personal level to identify the right vacuum for their lifestyle.
  • 66. Education is important. The more informed the customer, the higher their satisfaction with their purchase. That’s why we go the extra mile to teach our customers about the vacuum cleaners and how they work.
  • 67. Take a glance at our customer reviews. Whether on Facebook or Google, our customers are frequently raving about Swanson’s Discount Vacuum. Don’t take our word for it – read their words!
  • 68. The average home has between 3-4 vacuum cleaners. Whether you’re looking for a vacuum cleaner to “check all of the boxes” or you need a specific vacuum for a specific use, we are sure to have what you need.
  • 69. No waiting around for parts. There’s never an ideal time for your vacuum to break down. Because we have over 20,000 parts in-stock, we can have your vacuum up and running quicker than anyone. We don’t wait for parts to arrive so you don’t wait for your repairs to be finished.
  • 70. We genuinely care about the work we do. A vacuum cleaner can be a big purchase that lasts 10-15 years. It’s our responsibility to help our customers over the long term.
  • 71. You can find us (almost) everywhere online. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and more. We also have an informative newsletter where we share informative videos demonstrating the products we sell.
  • 72. Swanson’s is a Rockford staple. From the late stages of World War II, the first Super Bowl, the moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the advent of smartphones, we have been around for all of these milestone moments in history. All the while, generations of families in the Rockford area have turned to Swanson’s for their home care needs.
  • 73. Convenience. Yes, it’s easy to click “buy” on an internet vacuum and wait a few days for shipping. (Yes, we also sell online too). But there’s no greater convenience than picking your new purchase up at the store and stocking up necessary supplies.
  • 74. On a budget? We don’t have the word “Discount” in our name for no reason. We have great deals and specials on a daily basis.
  • 75. We’ve been here for 75-years and we still approach everyday like we’re just getting started!

Tour The Newly Expanded Showroom at Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

Tour The Newly Expanded Showroom at Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

Depending on when you last visited Swanson’s Discount Vacuum in Machesney Park, Illinois, you might be surprised to see our newly expanded showroom is now open. Watch the video below for a virtual tour with Brent Rutherford.

With this expansion we have nearly doubled the size of our showroom. Customers now enjoy a larger space with an even wider variety of real world flooring types to try-out a variety of vacuum cleaners to find the right vacuum for their specific needs.

No other store in the Rockford area stocks, sells and services as many vacuum cleaners as Swanson’s Discount Vacuum. We proudly sell vacuum cleaners, parts, and accessories for Beam, Bissell, CleanMax, Dyson, Electrolux, Eureka, Hoover, Miele, Oreck, Riccar, Sanitaire, SEBO, and Simplicity. We have over 20,000 parts in stock. These parts include the bags, filters, and belts that you need to keep your vacuum running.

More Than Just Vacuum Cleaners at Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

A true whole home cleaning source, we sell products that clean not only every surface in your home but also the air that you breathe!

Air Purifiers

If allergies are a problem, Swanson’s stocks the highly sought after Austin Air Systems air purifiers.

Streak Free Surface Cleaning

From glass to stainless steel, we carry a full selection of non-toxic e-Cloth towels for a streak free shine. These towels are specially designed for optimal cleaning with only the use of water and no harsh chemicals!

Chemical Cleaning

But if chemicals are something you need to truly disinfect a surface, we have that as well. We also sell chemicals for specialty stain removal ranging from red wine to animal urine.

Shampooer Rentals

When tackling a big carpet or upholstery cleaning job, consider renting a Bissell Big Green Machine carpet shampooer. Shampooer rentals come pre-cleaned and ready-to-go with a complimentary 1 quart bottle of shampoo. A shampooer only costs $29.95 for a 24-hour rental period.

Swanson's Discount Vacuum

Visit Swanson’s Discount Vacuum

Swanson’s Discount Vacuum is located at 7507 N Second Street, Machesney Park, IL 61115. We are open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Our phone number is 815-282-2882.

Special Holiday Prices on Simplicity, Miele and Riccar Vacuum Cleaners

Special Holiday Prices on Simplicity, Miele and Riccar Vacuum Cleaners

Swanson’s Discount Vacuum has special holiday prices with closeout discounts on a variety of vacuum cleaners.  Be sure to check in-store on a daily basis, because inventory is constantly moving in and moving out.

Pixie Bagless Vacuum, $49

The first holiday special is the Pixie by Simplicity. The Pixie is a corded electric broom that can be used for both light carpet cleaning and hard floor cleaning. It’s a bagless unit so you’re going to take the filtered cup off to easily dump the cup. The Pixie is normally $99 but we have them on closeout pricing for just $50 while supplies last.

Miele Robot, $299

Our next special is the Miele Robot. This is the last Miele Robot that we have in-stock. A simple search online and you will find the Miele Robot selling on places like Amazon for $599. But at Swanson’s, we have the closeout price of just $299. 

Riccar R60 Bagless Broom Vacuum, $99

And finally, the Riccar R60 Bagless Broom Vacuum is on sale. The Ricar broom vacuum is designed for hard floors. After a quick inspection, you will notice there is no rotary brush. This is what we call an electric broom. Years ago these, were very popular and for good reason. With its super long 30 foot cord, you can quickly clean an entire room with hard flooring in no time. This vacuum normally sells for $179.99 but we probably have two dozen of these in stock for only $99.

For these special holiday prices and more, be sure to check in with us daily for the best deals that you won’t find on our website but in-store only. Swanson’s Discount Vacuum is located at 7507 North 2nd Street in Machesney Park, Illinois. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Our phone number is 815-282-2882.

SEBO Automatic X4 Is The Ultimate All-Purpose Vacuum Cleaner

SEBO Automatic X4 Is The Ultimate All-Purpose Vacuum Cleaner

At least once a day a customer will ask, “what’s the best vacuum cleaner on the market?” If we had to pick one, it would have to be the SEBO Automatic X4 for a variety of reasons.

First of all, it has amazing cleaning power, the best air filtration, and the best durability that you’re going to find in a vacuum that works on all surfaces. Many upright vacuum cleaners claim to work on carpeting and bare floor. They may do one or the other but rarely can they do both well. SEBO actually works exceptionally well on all surfaces.

Durability

The durability of the SEBO Automatic X4 is unparalleled. Constructed with football helmet ABS type plastics, this vacuum can withstand the weight of a grown man standing on it. Not that we recommend using your SEBO vacuum as a step stool, but we certainly never try this with any other vacuum cleaner in the store.

Powerful Motor

The SEBO Automatic X4 is powered by a commercial grade, 12 amp, high air flow industrial double fan motor. The 12 amp motor is covered by a 10-year motor warranty and the vacuum cleaner itself has a five-year “bumper-to-bumper” warranty. That’s the best warranty in the industry.

Air Filtration

If allergies are a concern, SEBO offers S Grade Hospital air filtration. This is a level of air filtration that is actually better than HEPA air filtration. The SEBO Automatic X4 is very efficient at maintaining a suction power. Typical bag system vacuum cleaners will use a four inch pre-filter underneath the bag. Always going above and beyond, SEBO instead uses a 12-inch cylinder filter to the side of the bag. What this does is help keep the bag off the pre-filter so you do not lose any suction power as the bag fills up. This allows the vacuum cleaner to maintain it’s suction power until the bag is fully topped off.

Premium Cord

With a 40 foot cord, you can cover a lot of ground quickly, which is especially useful in a commercial setting. And in true SEBO fashion, we are reminded that not all vacuum cleaner cords are the same. A typical vacuum cleaner cord very rigid and very stiff, and in a few years they start to crack and get knotted up. By comparison, SEBO’s have a fully rubberized cord that is very pliable. It’s more expensive to make but it lasts you is much longer and you won’t get the knots that you typically get with a regular vacuum cleaner cord.

SEBO Automatic X4 Height Adjustment

As the name implies, Automatic X4 has automatic height adjustment. Most vacuum cleaners who claim to have an automatic height adjustment simply mean that there’s no adjustment at all. SEBO actually has an electronic servo motor that measures the speed of the roller and adjusts the brush roller height accordingly. There are indicator lights on the vacuum head that tell the users when the machine is lowering or raising itself. When the vacuum reaches the proper height, the light goes off. Voila! You’re ready to vacuum!

On hard floors, most upright vacuum cleaners are going to be kicking debris behind the vacuum. As you can see in the photos, the SEBO Automatic X4 misses nothing.

Rolling over to carpet, the vacuum will automatically raise itself back up. We do not have to wait until the vacuum is fully adjusted to start backing. For demonstration purposes, we used synthetic pet hair, one of the biggest concerns of our customers. As the photo demonstrates, the SEBO has absolutely no problem with it.

This vacuum also works well on shag carpets or the softer carpets that are on the market today, that will pretty much shut down any other vacuum cleaner.

Full-Size Attachments

They also come with a full set of full-size attachments. Most uprights will give you dinky little attachments. these are full-size tools. Within reach, we have our duster brush, a wand, a full-size crevice tool and a full-size upholstery tool.

If you’ve ever been in a hospital and noticed the maid or custodian service, more than likely you’ve seen this vacuum. These are used in thousands of hospitals across the United States because of the air filtration, because of the durability, and because of the noise levels.

Easy Repairs, Modular Design, Belt Protection

A key feature in commercial type settings is the ability to access the brush roller. Most vacuum cleaners, require a tool box to access the brush roller. With SEBO, it’s a very simple process. Just push one little button on the top, remove the end cap, and the brush roll cork screws out. The user can clean or replace the brush roller without paying any service fees.

Another key feature of the SEBO Automatic X4 is the ability to check for clogs. If you get a napkin or a paper towel lodged, there is no need for service. Just open the bottom door and you can retrieve 90% of your clogs. Cleaning services love this vacuum cleaner because they can service it themselves. From removing the brush roller to clearing clogs in the blockage port.

The SEBO Automatic X4 is very modular. You can easily break down the machine like MacGyver. At most points of a vacuum cleaner’s life, we have to change the belt. But SEBO has a lifetime belt warranty with built-in belt protection. The belt will never break or stretch. In the event we accidentally pick up a sock, towel or throw rug, the vacuum will shut itself down. An indicator light will tell us to check the brush so we that we know there’s an issue. Now, it’s just a matter of removing the obstruction, turning the machine off, and then turning it back on.

Try the SEBO Automatic X4

For a complete demo of the SEBO Automatic X4 or many other fine products, please visit Swanson’s Discount Vacuum. Swanson’s is located at 7507 North Second Street in Machesney Park, Illinois. Our hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9am-5pm.

View and shop the SEBO Automatic X4 here.

What Vacuum Cleaner Does The White House Use?

What Vacuum Cleaner Does The White House Use?

Long before “working from home” became widely acceptable in 2020, every President of the United States since 1800 has “worked from home” at The White House. Beginning with President John Adams, the White House has served as the both the official residence and workplace of our nation’s highest office for the last 220 years.

The sprawling Residence consists of 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 8 staircases, 6 levels, and 3 elevators. Highly active, The White House has a workforce of nearly 400 working inside and approximately 1.25 million visitors annually.

One can only imagine the enormous scale and high standards that come with cleaning The White House. Fortunately, the highly photographed landmark has captured on several occasions a variety of different vacuum cleaners used to clean The White House. Per a Consumer Reports’ survey, 43% of consumers own two or three vacuums. So it will come as no surprise that The White House always relies on more than one vacuum cleaner.


SEBO Vacuum Cleaners Are Used in The White House

Known for their quality engineering, longevity, and innovative design, SEBO vacuum cleaners are among the most popular commercial vacuum cleaner brands in the world that have also made their way into living rooms across the country.


Sanitaire Vacuum Cleaners in the Oval Office

Since 1972, Sanitaire has been a leader and innovator in the commercial vacuum industry. Sanitaire’s portable machines provide exceptional performance, durability, productivity and cost of ownership for cleaning professionals in the education, hospitality, healthcare and office industries. And yes, that includes the Oval Office too!


Dyson Vacuum

Dyson didn’t invent the vacuum cleaner but they certainly made them more stylish. Style and design aside, they also boast the most powerful suction of any other vacuum cleaner.

Shown here in The White House Press Room, the tight turn radius of the Dyson Ball series vacuums certainly helps to navigate around tight spaces.

Swanson’s Discount Vacuum stocks and services a full line of Dyson vacuum cleaners.