Thursday, 5 June 2014

Learning all about the Dyson Cinetic...

I used to look at people who got excited about household appliances and think, I will never be one of those people.

But since having the children, my thought process and priorities have changed, and after seeing the new Dyson Cinetic last week, I can confirm that I have turned into one of those people!

When I heard that Dyson had a new Vacuum cleaner out, that DIDN'T have a bag OR a filter, I thought surely that is not possible?! So when I was invited to view said Vacuum Cleaner I jumped at the chance, I needed to find out more!

I had a fab morning learning all about the new Dyson Cinetic AND about dust mites and allergens. It was all very interesting, so I really want to share some of my newly found vacume knowledge with you!

Firstly let me tell you about the Dyson Cinetic. Like I said it doesn't have a bag OR a filter, I think this is amazing and I can see why they have claimed it will last 10 years (by doing extensive tests on the Cinetic, they were able to state it will last for 10 years worth of dust). If you eliminate the bag and filter, this will save you money in the long run, and as a money saving Mummy this makes me very happy.

Dyson engineers have created cyclones with flexible tips. The spinning airflow agitates the tips, setting up an oscillation which prevents dust from sticking to the cyclones – keeping them clear.

The Cinetic has a Carbon fibre turbine head, on carpets the stiff nylon bristles remove dirt. On hard floors the ultra-fine anti static carbon fibre filaments remove fine dust. I saw this in action and got to try it for myself, I was amazed at how easily it glided, yet it still managed to pick up everything it was supposed too. With the head being so close to the floor, there was no room for dust to escape! I am told this is because it sits on a ball, meaning it has a low centre of gravity.

The new machine has a trigger-bin emptying system. So with the press of a button, dust and dirt can be emptied directly into the waste bin.

It also comes with a 5 year parts and labour guarantee!

Here is a video I shot at the event last week....

I loved how it adapted to the different floor types, we have carpet, wooden floor and vinolay flooring in our house and its great to know it would work well with all three!

Now, let me give you a few facts about dust mites (warning, this might make your skin crawl!)

An average bed has up to 3 million dust mites.

There are 500,000 particles of dust in the average cubic meter of air. 50% is dead human skin cells.
Humans shed about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells per minute, or about 28 grams per month
(equivalent to a bag of crisps).

The average square meter of carpet has 1,000 dust mites. Each critter produces up to 30 droppings
a day. It’s these droppings that most people are allergic to.

Moving around in your bed disturbs dust mite droppings which then stay airborne for at least 30

In the microbiology lab, Dyson scientists grow their own dust mite cultures. This enables them to
study their behavior and the allergens they produce, and help design engineers develop machines
to combat them better.

 Dust mites don’t just live in mattresses and carpets – sofas and cushions are ideal environments

To combat dust mites you can Vacuum mattresses regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite faeces.

You can kill dust mites by placing items like toys in a plastic bag, freezing them for two days and
letting them thaw naturally – this will kill the dust mites as they cannot survive the cold.

Removing shoes before entering the house. Otherwise you will be walking in nasty chemicals,
pollen, dirt and dust straight into your home.

Make up brushes aren’t to be forgotten either. To kill these mites pop them in the freezer for a few
hours and this kills all the mites.

Hayfever is something that Chester suffers from, so I was particularly interested in hearing more about how to help combat pollen. Hay fever is caused by an allergy to the pollen of wind-pollinated plants, including numerous species of trees, grasses and weeds. Pollen is produced in huge quantities in spring and summer.

The seasonality of hay fever varies from person to person, depending on which type of pollen causes the reaction. It’s a surprising fact but most pollen and other respiratory allergens inside  the home are found on the floor and under surfaces. Regular cleaning with a vacuum cleaner can reduce this. Some flowering plants, including roses, self-pollinate. Because their pollen doesn't have to travel so far, it doesn't usually cause allergies. Pollen from grasses causes a reaction in 90% of people with hay fever. Keeping grass cut short will help prevent it flowering and producing pollen. Ferns produce spores rather than pollen. They fling them into the air at up 4.5 metres per second using a slingshot mechanism. The spores can be highly allergenic. If someone in your home suffers from hay fever, try not to dry your washing in the garden when the pollen count is high – especially in the morning and early evening.

WOW that is a lot of information! But it is a lot of very useful information. It has certainly given me something to think about. The way we vacuum in this house with change from now on.

Whilst I was at the Dyson event last week, I was also asked to bring with me a pot of dust from my vacuum, which were going to be taken back to the Dyson labs for testing. I am eagerly awaiting the results and as soon as I have them I will share them with you!

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