If you suffer from allergies and asthma, vacuuming does a lot more than make your home look better. It is as important as taking medication to control your condition. Vacuuming is an essential part of limiting exposure to asthma and allergy triggers such as pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other allergens. We only address the issues of vacuuming in this section, but allergy and asthmatics may require the additional step of air purification.
The first step to control asthma and allergy symptoms is to identify what triggers them. The second is to limit your exposure. Many who suffer from asthma and allergies find that triggers can vary with time and with the change of seasons.
A high-quality filtration system largely prevents asthma and allergy triggers from being returned to the air via the vacuum’s exhaust. The best vacuums for pets and allergies should also be “sealed” to prevent dust and dirt from escaping from other places on the vacuum such as body seams. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and replacement frequency of filters and bags.
If you are an allergy sufferer, DO NOT BUY OR USE A BAGLESS VACUUM.
Are bagged vacuums better than bagless? For people suffering with allergies, yes 100%. Bagless vacuums are terribly dirty and leak from the seals and joints. When emptying a bagless vacuum the dust container is like an exploding dust bomb around you. Regardless of claims of LIFETIME HEPA FILTERS and such, we will show you specifically in our showroom ANY bagless vacuum leaks by means of a particle counter. Conversely, we will show you a high quality alternative that WILL NOT leak and re-circulate dust into your home.
Carpet is what most people think of when you mention vacuuming. You need a vacuum that is powerful enough to get deep into the fibers and remove asthma and allergy triggers. It’s important for asthmatics and allergy sufferers to vacuum not only visible carpet areas, but under and behind furniture as well. Asthma and allergy triggers tend to build up in areas that are not frequently seen. When vacuuming carpet and other surfaces, go slowly. Many people vacuum too fast to remove the dirt and allergens that are embedded deep in carpet fibers, and doing so will stir up more dust into the air than is being picked up. Allow the powerhead of the vacuum to move over the carpet to loosen debris, which will then be drawn into the air stream where it will be trapped in the vacuum bag.
Most asthmatics and allergy sufferers believe that hard floors are better for their conditions, but one must not forget that triggers still accumulate on hard flooring and have to be removed. Doing so is easy with the right vacuum equipment. You will want a vacuum that has a hard floor setting. This means that the brushroll can be turned off. Using the brushroll on a hard floor may damage the surface. Canister vacuums can be fitted with a floor brush that is quite effective in sweeping your floors and delivering the dust and dirt into the air stream to be picked up and lodged in the vacuum bag.
A commonly overlooked repository for asthma and allergy triggers is upholstered furniture, which can hold dust mites and other asthma triggers. Many vacuum cleaners have brushes and attachments specifically designed for cleaning upholstered furniture. You can also purchase a “turbo brush,” which can make the job of deeply cleaning your upholstery an easier task. Some fragile fabrics can be damaged by vacuuming. Most canister vacuums feature a variable speed control that allows cleaning of fragile items. Go slowly and be thorough. Make sure to clean all sides of pillows and cushions, and don’t neglect the back and sides of the piece.
Drapes and curtains are among the most neglected hiding places for allergy and asthma triggers. The typically light nature of drapes and curtains makes them difficult to clean. A canister vacuum with variable speed control is the best way to speed up this process.
We spend a lot of time in our beds, as do many peoples’ pets. Mattresses need to be frequently vacuumed. Vacuuming alone will not remove all of the dust mites from your mattress, but it will help. Vacuuming will also aid in removing pet dander from your bed as well as other allergens. When you vacuum your mattress, don’t forget the sides and the back.
If you are an allergy sufferer or asthmatic, vacuuming is more critical to you than most people. Finding a TRUE HEPA filtered vacuum with a “sealed” unit will be an important element in your fight to keep the dust and dirt from floating around your home and triggering a reaction. When you come to our store, we will be sure to show you only those vacuums that are truly capable of delivering clean, filtered air into your home.
Experts agree that one of the best things you can do to manage allergies, especially inhalant allergies, is clean frequently. Vacuuming can remove both dust and other allergens, if done properly and regularly. Consider vacuuming at least twice a week and more frequently if your allergies are serious or you have carpet in your home.