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  • Welcome to our Healthy Homes & Workplaces 10-part series. In these stories, we delve deep into the science and engineering behind our machines to reveal our Dyson top tips, tricks and recommendations for keeping your home and workplace clean and healthy though lockdowns and beyond. Find out more on Instagram through #DysonHealthyHome.

    How to clean your carpet

    From daily cleaning to dealing with entrenched dirt and stains, Dyson engineers James McCrea and Dr Calum Robertson share their top tips on how to keep your carpet clean.

  • V11 in the Dyson RDD lab.

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  • Despite the popularity of carpets and rugs in homes around the world, few people are confident on how to clean and maintain them. On top of regular cleaning to prevent the visible build-up of dust and dirt, understanding how to manage embedded fine dust and remove stains can be a challenge.

     

    “At Dyson, we have almost 30 years of research into how best to clean flooring, including carpets,” says James McCrea, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Dyson.

     

    “In our Pick-Up Laboratory, we test how effective our machines are at removing dust, dirt and hair from your home using many different floor types – from industry standard carpets, to tatami matting commonly found in Japan.” 

  • How to clean your carpet day-to-day : vacuum cleaner for carpet

    To maintain the appearance of your carpet, a vacuum cleaner should be your first port of call.

     

    “Carpets can hide dust and dirt between their fibres, as well as harbour microscopic life – such as dust mites, moulds and allergens – all of which can impact your wellbeing. So, it’s important not to wait until your carpet looks visibly dirty before vacuuming,” says James.

     

    “Vacuuming high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of your carpeted spaces once a week is enough to keep dust and dirt at bay. But there are some engineer tricks you can use to make sure you’re vacuuming in the right way.”

  • Mattress cleaning

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  • 1.    Vacuum slowly. Vacuuming slowly gives the airflow and brush bar more time to “agitate” the dust and dirt between the carpet fibres and remove them entirely. It also means you’re more likely to capture invisible allergens hidden deep in the carpet pile.

     

    2.    Go over the same spot – but not too often. More passes over an area will give the machine the best chance of cleaning carpet well, but any more than two or three times gives minimal increase, according to our research in the laboratory.

     

    3.    Use the right accessories. While it may seem like an effort to change tools mid-vacuum, this will help you remove dust you can see, and dust you can’t. Use a Crevice tool to clean hard to reach places round the edge of the carpet, or a Mini-Motorised tool to remove dust buried in thick pile rugs.

     

    4.    Don’t forget the places you can’t see. While they may not be top of mind, areas under sofa cushions, furniture and in curtain creases can harbour dust and potentially millions of dust mites and their faeces. Once these are disturbed, they can become airborne and easily inhaled. This in turn can trigger allergies, so ensure you don’t neglect them in your frequent cleans. Mini-motorised tools are ideal for hidden corners of soft furnishings, while Soft Brush tools or Combination tools can gently remove dust from curtains and bookshelves. 

  • Dust mite closeup

    As we gear up to spend even more time in our homes, Gem McLuckie explains it couldn’t be a worse time for allergy sufferers as dust mite season is upon us, which begs the question – do we really know what’s lurking in our homes?

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  • A dog runs around the house, creating a mess.

    Dyson Engineers are obsessed with making machines that clean better, especially when it comes to pets and healthy homes. Here, James McCrea, Senior Mechanical Engineer at reveals his top tips and cleaning regime for pet owners.

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  • Carpets in the Dyson RDD labs.

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    How to remove carpet stains

    Beyond day-to-day cleaning, there are times when carpets need extra attention. Stains can be made up of a number of chemicals or chemical components, so you may need to use a variety of methods to remove them from your carpet. But understanding which type of cleaning products are best for the job can be difficult and potentially dangerous.

     

    A study undertaken by the CDC found that poisonings related to combining household cleaning products surged during the Covid-19 pandemic[1] as people sought to clean their homes with a mix of disinfectants and bleaches.

     

    “While it can be tempting to try and deal with a stain as quickly as possible with as many cleaning products as possible, it’s vital to not mix cleaning products,” says Dr Calum Robertson, Chemical Research Scientist at Dyson.

     

    “When dealing with a stain on your carpet, it’s important to start as lightly as possible – and to always read the label of the product you’re using!

     

    “Starting with the lightest treatment possible, then slowly trying more abrasive methods can help you remove stains properly, safely and avoid damaging your carpet too.”

     

    1.    Vacuum the stain – if its dry. Avoid wiping substances like ground coffee and spices - water can make the stain worse and even permanent. If you have a surface level stain or spill, try vacuuming it first – unless it’s already a wet stain. Moisture can have a negative impact on the mechanics of your vacuum.

     

    2.    Start slowly with soap and water. Carpets are usually dyed fabric, so if you use a product that is too strong on a stain, you risk removing the carpet dye too. Start by delicately blotting the stain with a surfactant, which is typically warm water and soap. This will work to break down or emulsify oil stains like grease or butter and won’t put your carpet at too much risk. Watch out for delicate rugs though, as the dyes could be impacted by certain soaps.  

     

    3.    Try a biological treatment. For protein, starch or lipase-based stains, like blood, grass and chocolate, an enzymatic solution can work well. Enzymes work by breaking down large molecules into smaller, more soluble ones. Use warm water and biological laundry detergent and gently blot the stain until it has dissolved.

     

    4.    Use bleach-based products sparingly. Some stains, like tea, coffee or red wine can discolour your carpet and so you may need to apply a bleach-based product – but only in sparing amounts. Always test the product on a more inconspicuous bit of carpet first and be patient when cleaning. Applying too much at once can cause irreversible discolouration to both the stain and your carpet.

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Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Extra

Engineered for deep cleaning homes with pets

Includes up-top adaptor tool and additional filter.

9 tools and accessories included

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  • Quick-release crevice tool

    Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

  • Quick-release combination tool

    Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

  • Mini motorised tool

    Great for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs

  • Charger

    Charges your vacuum with or without the Wall Dok.

  • Docking station

    Wall-mounted dock to recharge your vacuum and tidily store tools

  • Quick-release mattress tool

    Removes dust and dirt from upholstery and the floor

  • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

    Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

  • Direct drive cleaner head

    Powerful direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets

  • Quick release up-top adapter

    Twists and locks at different angles to clean high-up areas of your home

  • Filter

    Additional spare filter for uninterrupted use of your vacuum while the other is cleaned

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    Dyson V11 Outsize

    Cordless in a bigger format. 150% bigger bin and 25% wider cleaner head than the standard V11™ vacuum.

    Up to 60 minutes of powerful floor cleaning (in Eco mode on hard floors).

    12 tools and accessories included

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    • Quick-release mattress tool

      Removes dust and dirt from upholstery and the floor

    • Soft roller cleaner head

      Engineered with soft woven nylon and anti-static carbon fibre, for hard floors.

    • Docking station

      Wall-mounted Dock to recharge your vacuum and tidily store tools.

    • Quick-release extension hose
    • Quick-release combination tool

      Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

    • High Torque XL cleaner head

      25% wider cleaner head than the standard V11™ vacuum

    • Quick-release crevice tool

      Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

    • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

      Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

    • Mini motorised tool

      Great for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs

    • Quick release up-top adapter

      Twists and locks at different angles to clean high-up areas of your home

    • Wand storage clip

      Handily stores the Combination and Crevice tools on the wand of your vacuum.

    • Charger

      Charges your vacuum with or without the Wall Dok.

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      Dyson V11 Absolute (Nickel/Blue)

      Powerful and intelligent whole home cleaning. Up to 60 minutes of run time.¹ LCD screen reports performance and run time.

      High Torque cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets and adapts power across different floor types.

      Additional Fluffy™ cleaner head to gently clean hard floors.

      2 cleaner heads, 6 tools and accessories included

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      • Mini motorised tool

        Great for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs

      • Quick-release combination tool

        Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

      • Charger

        Charges your vacuum with or without the Wall Dok.

      • Quick-release crevice tool

        Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

      • Wand storage clip

        Handily stores the Combination and Crevice tools on the wand of your vacuum.

      • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

        Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

      • Nickel Torque Drive

        High Torque cleaner head With Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology. Intelligently adapts suction to deep clean carpets. Extends run time on hard floors.

      • Soft roller cleaner head

        Engineered with soft woven nylon and anti-static carbon fibre, for hard floors.

        €649.99
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        Dyson V11 Torque Drive (Nickel/Iron)

        Powerful and intelligent whole home cleaning. Up to 60 minutes of run time.¹ LCD screen reports performance and run time.

        High Torque cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets and adapts power across different floor types.

        1 cleaner head, 6 tools and accessories included

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        • Quick-release combination tool

          Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

        • Nickel Torque Drive

          High Torque cleaner head With Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology. Intelligently adapts suction to deep clean carpets. Extends run time on hard floors.

        • Mini motorised tool

          Great for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs

        • Quick-release crevice tool

          Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

        • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

          Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

        • Wand storage clip

          Handily stores the Combination and Crevice tools on the wand of your vacuum.

        • Charger

          Charges your vacuum with or without the Wall Dok.

          €599.99
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          Dyson V8 Animal Extra

          Engineered for cleaning homes with pets.

          Up to 40 minutes of powerful suction (in suction mode 1 with non-motorised tool).

          Includes Quick-release Mini motorized tool and up-top adaptor.

          10 tools and accessories included

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          • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

            Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

          • Quick-release crevice tool

            Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

          • Quick-release Mini motorised tool

            Motorised brush bar tackles hair and ground-in dirt, in tight spaces

          • Quick release up-top adapter

            Twists and locks at different angles to clean high-up areas of your home

          • Charger

            Charges your vacuum with or without the Docking station

          • Quick-release Motorhead

            Powerful direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets

          • Reach Under Tool

            Reach Under Tool for your dyson machine.

          • Docking station

            Wall-mounted dock to recharge your vacuum and tidily store tools

          • Quick-release mattress tool

            Removes dust and dirt from upholstery and the floor

          • Quick-release combination tool

            Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

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            Dyson V7 Animal Extra

            Powerful. Lightweight. Versatile. Engineered for homes with pets.

            Now with New Reach under tool and whole-machine filtration.

            Up top adaptor included

            10 tools and accessories included

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              Designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps.

            • Quick release up-top adapter

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            • Quick-release mattress tool

              Removes dust and dirt from upholstery and the floor

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              Wall-mounted dock to recharge your vacuum and tidily store tools

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              Powerful direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt from carpets

            • Quick-release mini Motorhead tool

              Great for cleaning smaller surfaces, upholstery and stairs

            • Quick-release combination tool

              Two tools in one - brush and wide nozzle. For simple switching between tasks

            • Quick-release mini soft dusting brush

              Easy, vacuum-assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces and fabrics.

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