When you shop for a filter or a vacuum cleaner, you might have noticed the acronym HEPA. The term appears on many products that have filters in them too.
HEPA stands for ‘High Efficiency Particulate Air’. It is an efficiency standard measure for air filters. You might have noticed that manufacturers of filters brag of their products meeting True HEPA standards. A filter that can arrest 99.97% of airborne particles such as mold spores, allergens and dust is referred to as a HEPA filter. These particles should be 0.3 microns. HEPA filters are used in a myriad of applications. They are found in hospital equipment, vehicles, home and office air purifiers, disk drives, and so many other areas. HEPA filters are made of interlaced glass fibres that are intertwined to create a fibrous maze. When particles transverse this network, they are trapped and hence taken out of circulation.
HEPA filters can be cleaned. However, unless the filter is specifically written ‘permanent’ or ‘washable’, you should not clean it. It is common to find people rinse a filter with water, tap it or vacuum it to remove excess dust but more often than not, this destroys the filter’s capacity to perform optimally. Of course, many are the times you won’t see any damage after you have vacuumed a filter, even though this may give you a ‘clean’ filter that isn’t performing.
What you need to clean HEPA filter are several things among them a dust mask. You should unplug the appliance and take it outside where there is plenty of air. Have a brush attachment and a vacuum cleaner hose with you too.
There are instances that you will find it absolutely necessary to clean a HEPA filter. Even a replaceable one. When you are faced with such a situation, you will need clean water. If your HEPA filter is labelled ‘permanent’, you should use a vacuum cleaner. A permanent filter should not be washed with water. To get the maximum value out of your HEPA filter, you must know its specifications. If you don’t have your product user manual, search for it online. Visit the manufacturer’s website with the serial number of the appliance and download a digital manual.
Any HEPA filter marketed as washable or permanent can be washed or cleaned and still continue to function perfectly. However, when the real question on how to clean a HEPA vacuum filter is asked, there is no standard way to wash it. It is for this reason that you must check with the product manual to confirm whether and how to clean your vacuum filter.
Cleaning a non-washable HEPA filter
If you have a Shark Rotator Vacuum cleaner, you will need to arm yourself with the right information on how to take care of your equipment. You will need to be cleaning the unit regularly. But first, you will need to identify the signs of when the HEPA filter needs cleaning. These signs are when;
On how to clean HEPA filter Shark Rotator, here are the easy steps to follow:
Windtunnel is one of the best vacuum cleaner brands in the market today. To enjoy using yours for years to come, you are required to take good care of it. This mainly involves filter cleaning.
Below is how to clean hoover Windtunnel HEPA filter.
HEPA filters are what you need to have in your vacuum cleaner or any equipment that uses a filter. Having said this, you need to know that a HEPA filter in USA standards means a filter that can trap 99.97% of particles that are 0.3 microns. In European standards where there are also EPA filters, a HEPA filter should capture 99.95% of particles that are at least 0.3 microns in size. It, therefore, becomes easy to learn why and how to clean the HEPA filter that is installed in your car, HVAC system, or vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum cleaners form an integral part of our homes’ cleanliness. There are countless air particles, some of which poisonous, that find their way into our homes. A HEPA filter installed in such a vacuum cleaner ensures that all allergens, mold spores, pet dander and dirt particles are removed from your house. It is only possible to achieve this unrivalled health status in a house or place of work if the HEPA filter you are using is properly cleaned. As stated above, you must read your unit’s manual. You don’t want to throw away a washable filter, and at the same time, you don’t want to unwittingly be washing a HEPA filter that shouldn’t be touched with water.