Vacuuming for Allergies

By Heather Legg

We all know that dust mites are hard to handle and are thorns in our sides when it comes to allergies. Tiny but aggravating, they must be tended to and it’s not always the easiest thing to do. Of course, cleaning, washing sheets and vacuuming are necessary chores to keep the dust mites under control, and here are some tips for doing so:

• See these top 10 rated vacuums for allergy sufferers:
Dyson DC14 All floors Bagless Upright Cyclonic
Dyson DC15 Animal Bagless Cyclonic
Hoover S2220 Flair Bagless Upright
Hoover U5140-900 Bagged Upright
Dirt Devil M)83414 Bagless Stick
iPobot Roomba Scheduler 4230
Dyson Animal HEPA Upright Bagless Titanium
iRobot 530 Roomba Robot
Dyson DC!* Allergy Bagless Upright
iRobot 1100 Dirt Dog
Of course, there are other good vacuums for allergy sufferers, but I found these on wize.com, rated by over 2,000 people (I persoanlly like my Oreck).

• Keep your vacuum cleaner clean! This means change the bag when or even before it’s full if it has a bag. It it’s a bagless, wipe out the holding tank after each use, don’t just dump it. Even with a bagged vacuum cleaner, the inside can get dusty, hairy, dirty so it is beneficial to wipe it out periodically.
• Get your vacuum serviced. Often manufacturer’s sell service agreements with vacuums and it really does pay to get one. Annual service is best and you will see the difference after you have it serviced.
• Vacuum regularly. This means at least once or twice a week. If you have pets, probably more. I know that when I go too long, the dog hair gets more and more embedded in the carpet and is harder to get out.
• Vacuum your carpets and hardwoods. Some manufacturers make light, easy to handle and inexpensive steam cleaners for use on hardwoods, carpet and furniture which I am actually looking into.
• Vacuum your furniture and drapery. And everything else that can be vacuumed, bookshelves, ceiling fans, corners of your walls. Start at the top and go downwards in the room, so you get anything that falls. In other words, ceiling fans and molding first, then shelves and move on down until you get to the floors.
• Even when you can’t get to every surface, get those high traffic areas- and not just people ones. I vacuum the rug where my dog sleeps much more than places she never goes.

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