Vacuuming is a regular habit that many of us do not give any thought to; we simply vacuum and think we have cleaned our home effectively. What if you found out that rather than cleaning your house, you were spreading more germs and making your family members sick? If you are not caring for your vacuum you could be making everyone sick from dust mites, bacteria, and mold that lurk deep within your vacuum. Learn how to stop your vacuum from doing this to your home and family by understanding how to maintain it.
1). Change the Bags
If it is possible, you should try to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, as this filter prevents the allergens, dust mites, and bacteria from entering back into your home. If you are unable to use this type of vacuum, be vigilant about changing your vacuum bags or cleaning the chamber of a bagless vacuum. Any dirt, debris, and dust that you allow to sit in the vacuum can easily be blown back into your home because vacuums do not have an airtight seal. If your vacuum is overloaded with debris, even more pollutants will enter back into your home.
2). Clean the Beater Bar
The beater bar is the bar at the bottom of the vacuum that rolls over the carpet and collects the dust and debris. If this beater bar has an accumulation of debris on it, the only thing it is doing is circulating the germs throughout your house. No matter how many hours you spend vacuuming, you are only spreading germs, rather than eliminating them. Every few weeks, turn your vacuum over and clean the beater bar and brushes. The cleaner the brushes, the more the vacuum can suck up from your carpets.
3). Clean the Hoses
The hoses of your vacuum are what suck up the dirt and debris, which leaves them with a layer of germs that reside in the vacuum. In order to remove those germs, you will need a mixture of water and vinegar – a 50/50 solution works well. Dip a clean paper towel into the mixture and roll it into a size that can fit into the hose of your vacuum. Carefully work the paper towel back and forth, allowing the vinegar/water mixture to clean it out and disinfect it at the same time. The vinegar will help you kill up to 99% of the bacteria residing in the hose, allowing you to vacuum without germs the next time you clean.
If you take these simple steps every so often, you can eliminate the germs you are bringing back into your house by vacuuming with a dirty vacuum. Scientists have often compared carpeting to the soil outside, if that gives you any indication of the amount of bacteria, dust mites, and even fleas that live deep within the fibers. Take regular care of your carpeting and your vacuum and you can eliminate the risk of these bacteria living in your home.