The dirt and dust hiding between your carpet fibres are not only concealed by the carpet fibres, but also appear invisible because the fibres reflect light. While this may be a positive quality of your carpet, without regular cleaning, the accumulation of dirt and dust will inevitably and irreversibly damage your carpet.
Proper vacuuming is the best way to remove dirt and dust from your carpet, and probably the easiest way as well. However, the importance of vacuuming is often underestimated and its process commonly procrastinated. This only results in a gradual and considerably large adverse impact on the hygiene of your home environment and the indoor air quality.
Carpets especially situated in areas of the household where there is high human traffic require regular vacuuming. Such areas include the hallways, stairs, and the entryways outside your house. Ideally, all floor covering in the house should be vacuumed at least once a week at minimum, while high traffic household areas demand vacuuming at a greater frequency than that.
Some households with pets may necessitate daily vacuuming. In the absence of regular vacuuming, the accumulated layer of loose soil on the surface of the carpet will be walked on causing it to be embedded further into the carpet fibers. This is how permanent damage to your carpet starts.
Using a vacuum cleaner will not only efficiently eliminate dirt from the carpet, but also reduce the generation of dust. This in turn, positively affects the overall appearance and longevity of your carpet. For the best outcome, it is crucial that the best equipment is used. Consumers can choose an ideal vacuum cleaner by referring to the Vacuum Cleaner Indoor Air Quality Testing Program.
This testing program is assessed by an autonomous testing laboratory that evaluates vacuum cleaners on their abilities to sufficiently eradicate the collection of dirt, store dust inside the equipment’s filter bag, and maintain the condition of the carpet. Vacuum cleaners that pass this testing program are awarded the ‘Green Label’, indicating the successful compliance of the vacuum cleaner with the carpet industry’s standards. This award also indicates the capability of the vacuum cleaner to contribute significantly to the indoor environment’s air quality.
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So how should I select my vacuum cleaner?
Vacuum cleaners with adjustable and rotatable brushes are touted to be the most effective, as they can detach the ground-in soil in the carpet. It will also be advantageous to have the vacuum cleaners provide a robust and adequate stream of airflow that allow air to permeate the carpet fibres and discharge all hidden particles.
You should also select a vacuum cleaner that has an enclosed high-filtration bag that prevents the re-circulation of particles into the indoor air. A ‘Green Label’ vacuum cleaner will not allow the liberation of impure particles back into the indoor environment. Above all, it is essential that periodic checks are conducted to assure its proper functioning.
Here are more tips to help you select the best vacuum cleaner for your carpet:
- Keep your brushes hygienic and change them when worn out.
- The vacuum hoses and appendages should be free of impediments that can hinder airflow.
- Check the head of the vacuum for abrasive edges or bent metal that may inflict damage on your carpet.
- Check the vacuum belts occasionally to ensure that they are optimally operational.
- Keep an additional vacuum belt to use as a replacement when needed.
- Adhere to the guidelines indicated by the manufacturer of the vacuum cleaner when changing a full filter bag
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