With UV Lighting, Sanitizing sucks

by James

UV Vac

It’s no real secret that air quality in the home can be worse than the polluted atmosphere outside thanks to dust mites, flaked off skin, mold and a host of other bad stuff that make up the never ending battle of dusting and vacuuming the home. Hammacher Schlemmer now has a weapon to even the odds in that war with a vacuum cleaner that has built in UV lighting that treats the carpet while vacuuming.

Costing a whopping $500 US, the Germ-Eliminating Upright Vacuum uses a built-in 35-watt UV-C light to kill 99.9% of dust mites, viruses, bacteria, mold, flea eggs and other bacteria embedded in carpet as the vacuum cleaner’s disposable HEPA filter bag captures 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns, while the 6 1/4-amp motor sucks up your home detritus. The technology is based on the same technology found in hospitals to sterilize surgical instruments. The UV bulb is rated for 8,000 hours of use which can easily be a lifetime of sucking up at home while your spouse is busy sucking up at work.

The vacuum also comes with all standard attachments including a 13′ detachable hose with dusting brush for those out of the reach areas of the window sill, a crevice tool for hard-to-reach corners, and adjustable cleaning height to cover hardwood floors, rugs, tile, and carpet.

Source: Hammacher via Geekologie

4 reviews or comments

GrimReeper Says: January 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Seems like a good idea. I have seen UV light sanitizers for keyboards, I guess this just takes it to next level

jo32 Says: January 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Sadly, UV light isn’t very effective unless you prolong exposure to what you are trying disinfect. It can sterilize liquids well, but with solids(ie; a carpet)it will not effectively sterilize in a standard vacuuming motion.
Check out the newest issue of consumer reports, where they expose these kinds-of UV devices.

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