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Germ-killing vacuum cleaner from Oreck uses UV light

Posted Feb 10 2009 11:29am

This sounds like it could be right up any hospital’s alley.  Oreck is a first class vacuum cleaner anyway, so the paired technology should be great, not cheap though, but a good vacuum that will kill 2 birds with one stone. 

As the reports state, there’s more bacterial on the floor than on a toilet seat.  The unit costs $599.00, so it is an investment.  BD 

February 6, 2008 Ultra violet light sterilization is a proven technology that has been with us for some time. Back in 1903 Niels Finsen was image awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in using UV to fight tuberculosis and these days it's a common sight in hospitals, food production facilities and science labs, as well as being used for water purification and disinfecting swimming pools. The technology is also increasingly making its way into domestic households with examples like ENPUTECH's UV sterilization wand and this innovation from Oreck - the world’s only UV equipped upright vacuum cleaner.

The Oreck Halo adds ultraviolet light to regular suction to kill germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens and mold and provide a dual-action clean for what is considered the dirtiest surface in the home - the carpet. Oreck cite independent tests by microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona to make this point: "carpets, tile and hardwood floors can have up to 4,000 times more germs and bacteria per square inch – even after vacuuming – than the toilet seat."

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Germ-killing vacuum uses UV light

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