1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 17, 2008

:017 How to Vacuum

Filed under: :017 How to Vacuum — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :015, :016 Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

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1:5:10:017 Tip: The way you vacuum is just as important as the type of vacuum cleaner you use. If you are like most people, you will vacuum a carpet the same way every time. Instead try vacuuming from a different direction each time you vacuum. This will help prevent a build up of soil and make your carpet last longer and be healthier.

Tomorrow I will discuss a great way to clean hard surfaces.

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January 16, 2008

:016 HEPA Vacuums

Filed under: :016 HEPA Vacuum — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – :015

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet. 

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1:5:10:016 Tip: Today’s tip deals with the best way to keep airborne particle counts low. Many people think it is by using a room air purifier, but using a HEPA vacuum cleaner when you clean, will help remove particles from surfaces before they can be reintroduced up into the air. This is especially important when vacuuming soft, upholstered surfaces and carpeting. A wide variety of vacuum cleaners are now being marketed to consumers with HEPA filters, but for a HEPA vacuum to truly be effective the filter must be sealed in place so all the air from the vacuum cleaner must pass through the filter before being exhausted into the air. HEPA canister vacuums generally perform better than upright models which tend to leak more particles back into the air. Many indoor environmental consulting firms have particle counters that can be used to check your vacuum cleaners particle removal efficiency.

Tomorrow I will talk about a way to change the way you vacuum carpet that won’t take any more time, but will pick up more dirt. 

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Additional Information

National Geographic’s Green Guide has a good review of vacuum cleaners at http://thegreenguide.com/reports/product.mhtml?id=20&sec=2

Also check out this Consumers Report and video at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/vacuum-cleaners/vacuum-cleaners-10-06/overview/1006_vacuums_ov.htm

I’m partial to the Nilfisk vacuum shown above.

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January 15, 2008

:015 Vacuum Cleaner Bags

Filed under: :015 Vaccum Bags — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

Suggested Review – none

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet. For the next several days my tips will involve vacuum cleaners.

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1:5:10:015 Tip: Micro-filter bags are a better choice than standard vacuum cleaner bags because they are able to help filter out smaller particles. Traditional standard vacuum cleaners may do a good job of sucking up dirt, but the really tiny particles (like mold spores) go right through the bag material and are exhausted back into the air. Micro-filter bags are becoming available for most standard vacuum cleaners. They aren’t perfect, but they will reduce the number of small particles that escape back into the room air.

Tomorrow I will talk about an even more efficient way to get the small particles – HEPA vacuum cleaners.

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Additional Information

Most stores selling regular vacuum cleaner bags now offer micro-filter bags. This is the best option until you are ready to upgrade to a True-HEPA vacuum cleaner. 

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