Taking an in-depth approach to cleaning
With a myriad of options, it pays to ask a specialist about the right product for getting the job done.
With many people now spending more time at home, it is important to keep the house clean and healthy. The good news is that with the right products and a bit of knowhow, keeping a home clean can be a breeze. “Cleaning should not be hard,” says Michael Owen, general manager retail at vacuum and cleaning specialists Godfreys. “Considering we spend most of our time in our home, we need to ensure that we are cleaning our home well, ensuring a hygienic indoor environment.”
All floor types can be cleaned effectively, so long as the right product is used, he says. A vacuum’s powerhead makes cleaning carpets easier and also cleans deeply, Owen says. Powerheads feature a motorised brush that lifts carpet fibres and loosens dirt, which is then suctioned away. Households with pets can also benefit from the deeper clean provided by a powerhead. “A powerhead is the best method to remove the deep-down allergy bearing dust and dirt from the base of your carpet, and this will also rejuvenate the pile of your carpet,’’ Owen says.
Hard floors can benefit from a steam mop, which can sanitise and clean in one action, while a lightweight and manoeuvrable stick vacuum or robot is great for day-to-day quick cleans and small areas, Owen says.
If you are in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, Owen recommends checking to see if a product has the following:
- Good filtration to assist any allergy sufferers in the home.
- A powerhead to deep-clean carpets.
- A good combination head to clean different floor types as you move between rooms.
- A selection of attachments so you can do more than clean the floors – think curtains, upholstery and mattresses.
- A good warranty.
Some products also carry features that may benefit allergy sufferers. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, for example, work by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps particles including pollen, pet dander and dust mites. This, in turn, can improve the air quality in your home. “For allergy sufferers, HEPA filters allow for those pesky allergens to remain inside your vacuum, rather than recirculating back into the air,” says Owen.
Godfreys stocks a range of products that have been given the Sensitive Choice tick of approval by the National Asthma Council. Sensitive Choice products have undergone research and testing, and have been assessed by an independent and voluntary panel of experts who must be satisfied that the product has a potential benefit to people with asthma and allergies. A blue butterfly signifies that a product meets the requirements. “Only products that have been approved through this rigorous review process can proudly wear the blue butterfly logo,” the council says.
Products that are Sensitive Choice approved at Godfreys include premium vacuums such as the Wertheim 7 Series and Hoover Allergy vacuums, carpet shampooers including the Bissel Power Brush Shampooer, and the Bissel Power Fresh Steam Mop. Godfreys is a leading vacuum and cleaning specialist company. It is Australian-owned and operated and specialises in both residential and commercial cleaning.