:: Journal of International Environmental Application & Science ::

Year 2006, Volume I (Issue III-IV)

Journal of International Environmental Application and Science , Vol. 1, No. 3 (2006), 107-119

A comparison of the performances of dry and wet vacuum cleaners for the control of indoor particulate matters

Bahtiyar OZTURK

Ondokuz Mayis University, Engineering Faculty, Environmental Engin. Dept., 55139-Kurupelit Samsun, Turkey

Accepted 11 December 2006

Abstract: :Most of us use a vacuum cleaner (VC) in our home to remove dust deposits on the floor. But the fundamental question is: do the vacuum cleaners (VCs) really remove all dust constituents in our home? I investigated this question by using a room an (12.6m3) and fully furnished living rooms of different houses. The work was carried out using two different types of vacuum cleaners: The first type absorbs dust/dirt in water located in a basin (called as wet vacuum cleaner, WVC) and the second one vacuums dusts using a filter-bag (called as dry vacuum cleaner, DVC). Most of the filters in the market were tested and their dust eliminating capability was compared with the results of wet dust absorbers as they are most efficient. WVC absorbed almost 100% of the dust while dust eliminating filters used in DVCs ranged between 91-98% depending on the type of filter used. The concentration of suspended particle in some living rooms has also risen by a factor of three when the floor of the room was cleaned using DVC.  
Keywords: Particulate matter, PM10, dry vacuum cleaner, wet vacuum cleaner