As you stay at home more often, you’ve probably been noticing how quickly dirt, dust and grime starts gathering around you. To keep your home environment safe from Covid-19, consider giving your home a deeper clean with the help of household appliances and gadgets designed for just the job.
Keeping your home clean and disinfected helps minimise the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. The most important surfaces to clean regularly are the ones you touch most often, to reduce the likelihood of the virus transferring from a surface to your hands.
Take the load off with these 10 home cleaning appliances that will help deep clean your entire home and keep your family safe and healthy.
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You don’t necessarily need lots of disinfectants to clean a surface. Steam cleaning, which uses just water and heat, can effectively kill 99.99 per cent of bacteria and germs, making it an all-natural and safe way to clean your home. The Karcher SV 7 Steam Vacuum Cleaner combines the advantages of steam cleaners with the power of dry vacuum cleaners. For example, it picks up crumbs, wipes wet and subsequently dries floors in one easy procedure.
It also boasts a four suction power levels that you can adjust to suit the surface and level of dirt.
Get: Karcher SV 7 Steam Vacuum Cleaner, $950.
Get into all the nooks and crannies (even in carpets!) with a powerful stick vacuum like the latest Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless vacuum cleaner. Powered by the brand’s advanced digital motor, the machine is engineered to deep clean anywhere, from hard floors to carpets, cushions, car seats and more. It also has a ‘point and shoot’ hygienic bin that makes it super convenient to empty.
Get: Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, $999.
A washing machine is an essential in any Singaporean household – because of our humid weather, the laundry piles up daily! To sanitise and wash your clothes as though on clockwork, turn to a smart washer like the Brandt Compact Top Load Washing Machine that learns all your settings in each cycle and constantly updates all data so once you start it up, it automatically proposes your most frequently-used programmed wash cycle.
It also adjusts water and electricity consumption each time, so you can throw all your soiled and dirty linen in there and trust it to clean them well. It’s also a compact 40-cm wide!
Get: Brandt Compact Top Load Washing Machine, $939.
A single mattress can contain up to, or even more than, 10 million dust mites and other bed bugs. If you find tiny bites on your skin or your allergy is getting worse, it may be time to clean your mattress or invest in mattress vacuum.
The Xiaomi Deerma Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner can help to kill mites and their eggs instantaneously. Its powerful suction can vacuum dirt, mites, dander, etc. Equipped with a UV-C lamp, the sterilisation rate claims to be up to 99.99 per cent.
Get: Xiaomi Deerma Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner, $46.90.
We often neglect our windows because it seems to require too much effort and risk (especially if you’re staying on a high floor). Sponges may not be very effective too and can’t seem to clean well sometimes. But if you’re sick of looking through dusty, streaky glass, you can clean your windows safely from your couch with the remote-powered Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner which uses suction technology. It helps take away the chaos and anxiety that often comes from window cleaning, detecting edges and reaching the areas that you couldn’t.
All you have to do is power it via the app that connects with the Robot, found under ‘GlassBot2’ in the App store. It comes with washable microfiber pads.
Get: Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner, from $281.09.
Everyone knows mopping is superior to sweeping, but it’s also more backbreaking. If you feel like you want to have an easier time deep-cleaning your house, you can opt for a smart robot like the iRobot Braava Jet M6 which does the task for you. Simply give it commands using your Alexa or Google Voice Assistant and let it do its thing while you concentrate on other tasks.
As it moves around different rooms, it learns, maps and adapts to your home, and you can control it to clean certain rooms at specific timings to. It can also get into corners and along edges, and under furniture and other hard-to-reach places. You can also designate Keep Out Zones so that the robot can avoid those areas.
Get: iRobot Braava Jet M6, from $1,298.
When you’re inside all the time, we reckon it’s important that you and your family are in a space that has good indoor air quality. In fact, just because your home looks clean doesn’t mean it’s safe from air pollution. Indoor air can be as polluted at the air outside, caused by things like cooking fumes, the very household chemicals you use to disinfect your home, pollen, pet dander and secondhand smoke. Consider investing in an air purifier like the Philips Series 3000i Air Purifier. Ideal for a large family room up to 95 sq metres, it works to capture 99.97 per cent of particles that pass through the filters, and effectively emits purified, clean air that is good for you and your family’s health.
Go for the extra-powerful Bacteria and Virus mode among three automatic purification options during this time. From changing the fan speed to checking your filter lifetime, you can also control your air purifier from anywhere with the Air Matters app.
Get: Philips Series 3000i Air Purifier, from $899.
Do you know that pathogenic viruses can survive for minutes to hours on surfaces, while bacteria can survive for days to weeks? This is why it is even more important to sterilise your “high-touch” surfaces if you want to deep-clean your house. The Novita AirCare Pro Air/Surface Sterilizer works to eliminate airborne bacteria and viruses by purifying, ionising and sterilising your surrounding air, over a large coverage area and comes with a True HEPA filter to remove particles as small as PM2.5. It also helps sanitise surfaces by producing ozone at controlled levels of concentration to oxidise and banish germs and bad odours. At $1,399, pre-order on Novita’s online store.
If you have a pet at home, you know that there are serious spots and stains on the carpet that need cleaning and a powerful appliance is needed for them. The Bissell TurboClean Power Brush gets spots and stains caused by overturned cups or spilled food and even dog and cat urine out of your carpet and area rugs. It basically shampoos your carpet or rug and gives it a good wash with its powerful suction. Best of all, it can be conveniently stored away in small living spaces with limited storage space.
Get: Bissell TurboClean Power Brush, $404.62.
Washing dishes are a tiresome chore that nobody likes doing. A simple solution? Investing in a dishwasher that will take the load off and leave your dishes sparkling clean and dry, while efficiently using water and electricity. Consider the Bosch Free-standing Dishwasher (45 cm), which has a built-in sensor that detects the load weight and water level in the dishwasher, and adjusts the water consumption level accordingly so you’re not using more water than necessary.
You also don’t have to worry about your glasses and fine china breaking as its glass protection technology facilitates delicate handling of your glasses. As soft water may cause glass corrosion, its glass protection technology further ensures that the water hardness level is maintained within the required range.
Get: Bosch Free-standing Dishwasher (45 cm), $1,385.
Text: Sheila Chiang & Elizabeth Liew
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