In our previous article we discussed how carpets can actually be very helpful for those suffering with Asthma and Allergies. But the caveat is that you need to keep your carpets clean for them to function properly. Naturally, this raises the question: what IS the best vacuum for those suffering with asthma and allergies?
Proper cleaning with CRI-approved vacuums effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.
There are a lot of variables to selecting the right vacuum. Firs things first: don’t buy a vacuum based on price alone.
Upright vacuums often outperform tank-type or canister vacuums, even when the tanks have a separate power-driven beater-bar attachment called a power head. Upright vacuums do a better job of agitating the pile yarns better and since the storage tanks fill from the top, are more efficient and blow less dust around than bottom filling models.
Avoid vacuums that require expensive replacement bag filters. These often work similar to the way printers are sold today: they’ll basically give you the printer for free to get you to buy expensive refills.
Do your research. Ask yourself: Is it a reliable brand? Read the reviews online. Many brands lose suction over time, but the baggless cyclone technology vacuums don’t. New ones can be expensive, but you may be able to find last years model online or used for a substantial discount.
If you choose to buy a second hand vacuum, here are a few tips to make sure you get a good one:
– What is the shape of the unit? Does it look like it’s been mishandled?
– Are the cord and plug in good shape or does it look like it’s been pulled from the wall?
– Are all the attachments in good working order?
– Try it out before you buy it, does it have good suction? If it has a burning odour “run away” it may indicate that the motor is ready to quit.
– A moldy or musty smell may indicate that it has either been used to suck up water or has been sitting in water, this is never good, unless you looking to purchase a wet dry vac
Once you have decided to buy your used vacuum, clean it out well. Replace all filters and bags before using it in your home.
What is really important is to be sure to USE your vacuum. Doing so will contribute to a healthier home and prolong the life of your carpets
Mold cannot grow on synthetic fibres that are kept clean and dry. In fact, carpet is recognized as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes.
The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Standard identifies carpet, adhesive and cushion products that meet or exceed government indoor air quality regulations and are the lowest emitting products on the market.
So what is the bottom line? Carpets are good for those with Asthma and Allergies, but you must keep it clean. Professionally clean your carpets every 6 months, and vacuumed weekly at a minimum, and your carpets will actually contribute to a healthier home.