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Why You Should Sweep Less, and Vacuum More!

  Slaten Miller  |    16 July 2015  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    San Antonio

Sweeping sends your dust and debris airborne!

Sweeping is inefficient; it pushes dirt, debris, and dust across your floors to be scooped up and thrown out. Not only could you potentially damage the finish on floors but you’re also reintroducing dust particles that have settled to the floor back into the air because of the turbulence around the broom head and “flick” the bristles make at the end of a sweeping stroke. This leads us to reason number 2!

Your home will look dusty sooner than they should!

Gravity will slowly bring the fine dust particles back to your floors, decor, and other horizontal surfaces making your recent cleaning appear in vain. Rich, dark hardwoods are especially vulnerable to this effect, as well as rooms that receive a lot of natural sunlight.

Crevices are hard to attack with a broom!

Hardwood slats have seams, tile can be uneven and has grout lines, stained concrete can crack, and all rooms have 90° angles where the floor meets the wall. Heavier dirt and debris are attracted to these crevices and are difficult to remove with a broom.

Here’s why you should vacuum!

Vacuuming with the proper machine pulls dust, dirt, and debris inward rather than push it across your floors. The proper vacuum is also extremely effective at attacking heavier particles that have settled into cracks and crevices. The most important reason; however, is for your lungs. The average person can see dust particulate at about 25 microns and a high quality, properly maintained HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtered vacuum can remove almost 100% of dust and allergens 0.3 micron and larger. Not only is vacuuming a more effective alternative, it's healthier as well!

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