October 25, 2013
There has been much discussion about the health benefits of carpeting when it comes to allergies and asthma. The verdict, produced by recent studies, is that carpets are great at trapping allergens and preventing them from being released back into the air. But what happens when you vacuum? Don’t those allergens get released into the air during the vacuuming process? The answer, as usual, is that it depends. In this case, it depends on the vacuum you’re using.
We’ve stated in the past that using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is the best. Also, vacuuming on a regular basis is beneficial as it not only keeps your carpet from getting worn out too fast, but also keeps your home more allergen free.
There are a lot of vacuum cleaners on the market. Each claims to have an advantage over the others and, let’s face it, who really knows enough about vacuum cleaners to choose wisely? Well, now we have an answer to that question. Werner Braun, president of the Carpet and Rug Institute, revealed that there is an actual list of approved vacuum cleaners.
I looked at their study criteria, which covers soil removal, dust containment, and surface appearance change. The Carpet and Rug Institute backs up their findings on their website. And wow, do they ever! There is a confusing amount of data strewn throughout their many testing applications. Look out Consumer Reports, these guys are sci-en-ti-fic!
The best part about the testing is that it also included a section for indoor air quality. This basically makes sure that vacuums keep their dust particles inside the machine, not released back into the air. Vacuums that pass the Carpet and Rug Institutes test receive a Seal of Approval/Green Label. The green label is the air quality portion of the test.
They test vacuum efficiency by using x-ray fluorescence technology (XRF) to determine how much soil is actually removed from a sample of carpet. Vacuum cleaners that meet the minimum of the high standards set forth by the Carpet and Rug Institute are given a rating of Bronze. Then there are the Silver and Gold ratings for the very best machines out there.
So, no more confusion. Just a simple trip to the Carpet and Rug Institute website to view the vacuum cleaners that have been approved and received the CRI Seal of Approval. I don’t know about you, but that sure is a load off my mind! Happy cleaning!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.