Is Your Vacuum Cleaner Making Allergies Worse?

Some vacuum cleaners in Singapore spit fine dust and bacteria back into the air, where they can set off allergies and spread infections. When vacuuming, you may think you’re getting rid of the dust, dirt, and pet dander that trigger your allergies, but sometimes you may be stirring them up instead. Both vacuum cleaning and the act of vacuuming can release and re-suspend dust and allergens, leading to increased exposure.

Some vacuum cleaners spit fine dust and bacteria back into the air
Some vacuum cleaners spit fine dust and bacteria back into the air

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a vacuum cleaner for your home, especially in a tropical country like Singapore. The higher the humidity, the more clean we should be, as humidity can cause some dusty odors and is a good environment for viruses and other insects to thrive.

Which vacuum cleaner should you buy in Singapore?

Most good vacuums suck up more dust, dirt, and allergens than they spit out. Be wise to choose a vacuum with a good filtration system and make sure you schedule a deep cleaning at least once a month to completely remove all dirt and allergens.

Dust and mites can cause skin allergies in your child
Dust and mites can cause skin allergies in your child

Vacuums with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters released only slightly lower levels of dust and bacteria than vacuums that did not use these special filters. HEPA filters are supposed to remove 99.9% of the pollen, animal dander, and even bacteria from the air.

If you can afford a water vacuum cleaner (such as Lura Premium), great! The machine will keep dirt in a swirling water bath and the HEPA filter allows to block very small particles while continuing to let air through it easily. It means you can clean the floor and purify the air at the same time and have no dust or allergens can get back into the air.

Other ways to keep the air clean in your home

  • Wash throw rugs every week in hot water to kill dust mites and other allergy triggers.
  • Use a microfiber or electrostatic cloth for dusting. They don’t stir up dust or other things that set off your allergies.
  • Replace carpeting, if you can, with tile or hardwood floors.

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