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Why your vacuum cleaner is making your allergies worse

Are your allergies worse than usual? It could be because of your vacuum cleaner!
Health

While vacuuming is an essential task for keeping your home clean and tidy, it can cause your allergies to act up if you’re using out of date or ineffective equipment.

The simple act of vacuuming itself can stir up particles such as dust, dirt and pet hairs that can aggravate those prone to allergies and asthma. Even if you do not generally suffer from allergies, breathing in dust and other bacteria can be bad for your health and is known to cause coughs and irritation in your eyes and nasal passages.

HEPA FILTERS

The most effective vacuums for suctioning away these pesky particles are those with HEPA filters, such as Vorwerk’s VK200 Vacuum.  High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, vacuums are able to trap 99.97% of airborne micro-particles before they escape into the air.

HEPA filters aren’t in every vacuum cleaner, so make sure you check before you buy, especially if you’re prone to allergies or if you own a pet!

REPLACING VACUUM CLEANERS

The older a vacuum gets the less effective it becomes at sucking up micro-particles. Older, often cheaper, vacuums have been found to even spit out dust and bacteria that they collect off the floors. This is one of the reasons why experts suggest you should replace your vacuum every three to five years.

FILTERATION SYSTEMS

Another effective way to keep allergies at bay is to use fragrance chips in your vacuum cleaner.  They can be placed in the filtration system of a vacuum cleaner to neutralise any foul odours that occur. These can be easily caused by pet hairs, mould spores or pollen particles if they get trapped in your vacuum for a long period of time.

The best way to combat this is to make sure you are regularly cleaning your vacuum and its filter system, keeping an eye out for any blockages. The Dovina Fragrance Chips are a great option; they give the air a fresh scent as you vacuum, keeping your home free of dust, dirt and unwanted odours that can worsen your allergies.

Seeing is believing. To book a personal demonstration of the VK200 Home Cleaning System, fill out the form here: https://kobold.vorwerk.co.uk/demonstration/request-a-demonstration/