Vacuuming and dusting are just a chore that most of us put off until it’s absolutely necessary. After all, you know it’s time to vacuum and dust when you start seeing spots (or trails!) of dirt or dust. But, is that really the way it should be? Frequent vacuuming is much more important than you may have thought.
It’s not just for aesthetics. While vacuuming does definitely make the house look tidy, it’s also to clean your living area. Cleaning is traditionally just for removing unsightly dirt, in other words, for hygienic purposes. That’s great and very necessary, but there is another crucial element. Now that factories use heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and known carcinogenic substances in your household items, you need to worry about removing those particles too.
The particles I’m talking about are chemicals, such as VOCs and formaldehyde, released from your appliances, electronics, furniture, rugs, etc. These particles then mix with the dust mites, pet dander, and general dirt from shoes and wind to make a mean dust bunny. When you come in contact with this dust, you may be exposed to the chemicals too.
Now you need to make sure your vacuum is good for the job. Or, if you’re looking for a new vacuum, make sure you get an effective one. Here’s what makes a vacuum effective:
If you are vacuuming a synthetic fiber rug or carpet, you’re going to need to use a strong-bristle revolving brush and high power setting. The particles can be trapped between all the fibers, so to be sure you’re removing them entirely, you need to know you’re sucking everything all the way to the bottom of the carpet or rug. If you have a natural fiber rug or carpet, such as wool, just be cautious with the revolving brush.
The bristles need to be softer to avoid adding premature wear and stress to the natural fibers. Your vacuum may have special attachments for getting into the crevices and corners. This can be used for stairs, couches, and even curtains. To get rid of toxic chemicals with your vacuum, you need to have an effective vacuum.
You need to be thorough in your cleaning, which means getting underneath items, in the “nooks and crannies” and making sure to spend sufficient time on high traffic areas such as walkways. You also need to vacuum frequently. Once new dust settles, it starts collecting and attracting more toxic particles.
The more often you vacuum, the less likely you are to come in contact with these particles. This will also help you if you have allergy or asthma problems because the dust will be removed before being knocked into the air where it can be inhaled.
If you’re asking yourself if you can vacuum away toxic chemicals, the answer is yes. Just make sure you use a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, strong suction, and vacuum bags. Following the advice from this article will help you improve air quality at home and reduce the amount of toxic chemicals at your home.
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