How allergy sufferers can vacuum more easily
18 August 2015
Charles Gordon, UK representative for Thomas, the German floorcare appliance manufacturer, discusses the carpet cleaning issues of allergy sufferers:
For an allergy sufferer, a routine task like vacuuming can be something to dread. Breathing in all that disturbed dust, dirt, pollen, allergens is not ideal if you’re an asthmatic or hay-fever sufferer. For the UK's growing number of allergy sufferers, being able to breathe freely at home is a big issue. With around 21 million UK allergy sufferers, that’s a sizeable number of people who have a precise need. Alarmingly, every ten seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.To effectively reduce potential triggers for asthmatics and allergy sufferers when vacuuming must be worth serious consideration.
In a mainstream marketplace crying out for real innovation, there’s definitely a place for a floorcare appliance designed to meet the needs of allergy sufferers. Fortunately, there are cleaning machines designed to remove allergens from floor surfaces and in the air at home. But, some are more effective than others. I urge anyone buying a vacuum cleaner to rid potential allergens to choose a machine which is bagless and features the newest water filtration.
Innovative water filter technology means dust odour released when vacuuming is removed from a room. This allows allergen-free emptying as removed air is humidified with water in the filter. For example, the Thomas Perfect Air Allergy Pure bagless vacuum cleaner binds dust, pollen, odour particles in water. Thoroughly vacuuming the carpet, the appliance's water filtration system means air in a room is nearly 100% fresh. There’s no longer that dusty smell you often sense from vacuum cleaners putting dust and pollen particles in to the air.
Its Aqua Pure Filter Box cleverly enables the vacuum cleaner to use water, and constantly high suction power, during each vacuum cleaning. Instead of a bag, the unique filter box is filled with just one litre of water, which ensures dust/odour particles cannot escape back into the air or be breathed-in. Sucked-up house dust, pollen, allergens, animal hair and odour particles are moistened with fine spray, bound in water, then the dirty water is simply poued away.
For an allergy sufferer, a machine with a pollen filter should be a further consideration – it ensures 100% pollen separation. Pollen is a common cause of asthma, and a pollen filter 'catches' and removes pollen in the air while vacuuming. As humidified house dust particles, allergens, pollen, and dust mites are bound-in water, the end result is clean, odour-free air, which is nearly 100% refreshed – far healthier and more comfortable for those with allergies. When vacuuming, another risk for allergy sufferers is changing the bag and emptying the tank of a cyclone vacuum cleaner. So choose a vacuum cleaner, which efficiently binds the house dust, allergens, pollen, mites, into the water, which is poured away - dust-free.
Performance and suction are also key considerations. A very powerful vacuum cleaner (say with 1,700 Watt motor) provides effective performance to remove dust/dirt from carpets/floors.