We are always concerned about getting the best equipment for our needs, but what if we lived in an alternate universe where inanimate objects could choose their owners?
Would your wet-dry vacuum consider you the best person capable of using it properly?
Apparently, many people don’t qualify as being expert users even when they have the best wet and dry vacuums:
Are You Cleaning and Contaminating?
After using the toilet and washing your hands, the last thing you would ever want to do is grab onto that slimy bathroom door – you might as well walk out without washing your hands. This is the same predicament you would find yourself in when vacuuming: cleaning and contaminating.
It’s particularly a challenge when using the all-round wet-dry vacuum that can perform wonders in the messiest workshop or site, while still having the capacity to clean your more delicate kitchen and other living quarters. In the process, you run the risk of transferring potentially toxic substances from the workshop to your living areas.
To avoid such cross-contamination, you should always ensure that your vacuum is thoroughly cleaned after working in unconventional areas. It may be possible that unwanted substances could have settled on the equipment, which would end up being deposited in your living areas.
If cleaning all at once, establish the principle of working from clean to dirty. Start in the least dirty living areas and work towards such areas as your workshop or garage.
Just Because You Can Vacuum Anything Doesn’t Mean You Should
The ability of this all-round piece of equipment to work in unconventional areas means that you’ll also encounter unconventional substances, such as toxic or flammable materials. For your own health and safety, always confirm the type of substance you intend to vacuum.
What can happen when dealing with unconventional substances:
- Contact between flammable materials and electrical circuits of your vacuum could lead to disastrous consequences (if you’ve seen just about any Hollywood action movie, you know exactly what can happen: explosions!)
- The Minnesota Department of Health warns that simply inhaling such a toxic material as asbestos dust can cause lung cancer.
- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry highlights the risk posed by mercury turning into a poisonous gas.
Only Vacuuming When You See Dirt? Wrong Strategy
You would be making a serious mistake if the only time you ever think of using your vacuum is when you actually see dirt.
This might help you understand why: the university of Georgia estimated the total population of bacteria on earth to be approximately five million trillion trillion. That’s an entire universe of microorganisms that you simply cannot see with your naked eyes. And that’s not even considering the numerous other microscopic organisms and substances.
A better way to go about it is to set an organized cleaning schedule, whether you see dirt or not.
Not About What It Has but What It Does
In this era of information and technological overload, it’s so easy to get caught up in the thrill of fancy new features. As much as these new features do serve some purpose, it doesn’t mean that they would be useful to you.
When picking the right equipment, you should first figure out what’s most important for your particular situation. Otherwise, you might end up with a device that works well for others, but is completely useless for you.
Ultimately, an expertly designed wet-dry vacuum needs an expert user. If you can’t use it properly, you would have little advantage over someone using a simple mop.