Managing allergies with your vacuum cleaner

19/06/2012 | Posted in Floor Care

We know how annoying it is to suffer from allergies – runny nose, red face, puffy, swollen eyes, the list goes on – and if not managed properly, they can make your home life unbearable . If you or your kids suffer from allergies or asthma, then your vacuum cleaner can be used for more than just keeping your house in immaculate condition, it can be used to get rid of pet hair, dust mites, pollen and any number of other allergens.

Here are a couple of quick tips to help you turn your weekly vacuuming session into an all out allergy management programme.

Dust mites’ favourite playgrounds are carpets, mattresses, bedding and furniture, so pay special attention to these. Being an allergy sufferer also means vacuuming more regularly. Because dust mites can’t be seen with the naked eye, your house can look great but still need the attention.

Make sure you vacuum upholstery, especially if you’ve got pets that shed hair. Use attachments on the vacuum to get into the corners of cushions and around pillows and mattresses. The Vorticity’s mini floorhead uses cyclonic technology to dislodge dirt, hair and dust mites in hard-to-reach areas such as these. Remember, even though the dust is out of sight, it’s still there!

A typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites inside – what a thought! Make sure you vacuum your bedding at least twice a week to keep the pesky population to a minimum. We also recommend you vacuum between the carpet underneath your bed, between the mattress and bed base and any edges that come into contact with a wall, all of which are areas in which the little critters like to hide.

Without the proper equipment, vacuuming can often make the home environment worse for allergy sufferers, disturbing allergens which lay on surfaces that can remain in the air for hours after cleaning. Using a cleaner with HEPA filtration system, such as the Vorticity, will retain 99.97% of those allergens and create a much more comfortable environment for you and your family to enjoy.

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