Clean­ing myths busted

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL -

SIR James Dyson is the Bri­tish in­ven­tor and founder of the global tech­nol­ogy com­pany Dyson. Best known as the in­ven­tor of the bag­less vac­uum cleaner and the blade­less fan, his mis­sion was to use cre­ativ­ity and tech­nol­ogy to solve ev­ery­day frus­tra­tions.

You clean ev­ery nook and cranny. You vac­uum a cou­ple of times a week. You keep your house neat and tidy. But what if your home’s not as spot­less as you think?

Dyson dis­pels five pop­u­lar clean­ing myths, and tells you how to tackle dust mites - the cause of many ev­ery­day al­ler­gens.

Myth 1

In the av­er­age cu­bic me­tre of air, there are 500,000 par­ti­cles of dust.

On av­er­age, a sin­gle gram of house dust con­tains in the re­gion of ap­prox­i­mately one mil­lion bac­te­ria. Rather than re­mov­ing dust and dirt, sweep­ing and mop­ping can some­times just move dirt around. Dyson vac­uum clean­ers are all fit­ted with a HEPA fil­ter.

Usu­ally found in hos­pi­tals, th­ese high ef­fi­ciency par­tic­u­late ab­sorp­tion (HEPA) fil­ters make sure that even the most mi­cro­scopic par­ti­cles – fine dust, smoke and al­ler­gens – are cap­tured and re­moved from your home. In fact, the air that comes out of a Dyson ma­chine is cleaner than the air that goes into it.

Myth 2

It’s not only about vac­uum- ing, but the type of vac­uum you use. For­get bags. In the­ory, bags work by cap­tur­ing the dust that the air passes through. In prac­tice, how­ever, the pores of the bag clog the dust and you lose suc­tion al­most im­me­di­ately.

No suc­tion equals no deep clean. Dyson vac­uum clean­ers use cy­clone tech­nol­ogy in­stead of bags. This tech­nol­ogy uses a cen­trifu­gal force to spin dust and de­bris out of the air­flow and cap­ture it in the bin. You then empty the bin straight into the trash can. This cuts down on the need to buy bags.

Myth 3 “I can hear my vac­uum cleaner, so it must be work­ing.”


Just hear­ing your vac­uum cleaner roar does not nec­es­sar­ily mean it is work­ing.

Ma­chines that rely on clogged bags and in­ef­fi­cient fil­ters lose suc­tion from the mo­ment you start us­ing them.

Less suc­tion sig­ni­fies less pick-up. Even some ma­chines that claim to have cy­clone tech­nol­ogy sim­ply spin large de­bris around a clear bin. They still rely on fil­ters to do the hard work.

Dyson’s cy­clone tech­nol­ogy has been finely per­fected over two decades. Our cy­clones cap­ture even fine dust.

The fact that there is no need for a bag or fil­ter elim­i­nates the loss of suc­tion.

Myth 4

Gone are the days when you needed brooms and mops for the floor, cloths for sur­faces and dusters for those hard to reach places.

Dyson be­lieves tech­nol­ogy should make your life sim­pler. With the Dyson Dig­i­tal Slim hand­held cord­less vac­uum cleaner, you can clean it all – from floor to ceil­ing – with one ma­chine.

Equipped with a wand and floor tool, this ma­chine can be used as a hand­held cleaner for those hard to reach places.

With a wall-mounted dock­ing sta­tion, it’s easy to store and al­ways ready to go. The Dyson Dig­i­tal Slim vac­uum is pow­ered by the Dyson dig­i­tal mo­tor – the fastest, high­est power den­sity mo­tor ever de­vel­oped for a do­mes­tic ap­pli­ance.

Myth 5 “I change bed sheets reg­u­larly, so my bed is clean.”


When it comes to beds, you can never be too clean.

An av­er­age bed can house 10,000 dust mites. House dust mites are tiny or­gan­isms that live in warm (typ­i­cally 20°C-30°C) and highly hu­mid (70°C-80°C) con­di­tions.

Dur­ing its life­time, a dust mite can pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 drop­pings. Th­ese nasty drop­pings are the cause of al­ler­gies.

They con­tain highly al­le­genic pro­teins that trig­ger asthma and other al­ler­gic con­di­tions.

Vac­u­um­ing mat­tresses reg­u­larly to pick up skin cells and dust mite fae­ces is one of the most ef­fi­cient ways to tackle this is­sue.

Ap­proved by the Bri­tish Al­lergy Foun­da­tion, Dyson vac­uum clean­ers come equipped with a spe­cially de­signed mattress tool to re­move dirt and al­ler­gens from mat­tresses and up­hol­stery.

Cy­clone tech­nol­ogy

In­side Dyson’s Cy­clone tech­nol­ogy, Dyson vac­uum clean­ers use Ra­dial Root Cy­clone tech­nol­ogy.

Ev­ery an­gle of each air­way is honed to en­sure mi­cro­scopic par­ti­cles – as tiny as 0.5 mi­crons or 1/5,000 of a pin­head – are spun out of the air­flow and cap­tured in the bin.

The ma­chines use four stages of fil­tra­tion to cap­ture fine dust: 1) The outer cy­clone cap­tures

large de­bris 2) A shroud cap­tures hair and

fluff 3) The cy­clone pack re­moves fine

dirt 4) The post mo­tor HEPA fil­ter cap­tures al­ler­gens and mi­crobes.

Un­til Dec 31, bring your old vac­uum clean­ers and fans to any par­tic­i­pat­ing out­let and have it traded in for a new Dyson prod­uct.

Re­ceive a 15% dis­count for all Dyson prod­ucts. The old vac­uum clean­ers and fans will be sent for re­cy­cling and pro­ceeds from the re­cy­cled prod­ucts will go to char­ity. Dyson is avail­able at all ma­jor elec­tri­cal stores.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Vi­sion­ary So­lu­tions at 03-7710 5877.

Dyson vac­uum clean­ers use Ra­dial Root Cy­clone tech­nol­ogy where mi­cro­scopic par­ti­cles as tiny as 0.5 mi­crons are spun out of the air­flow and cap­tured in the bin.

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