The constant battle to keep dust at bay is set to get even harder if the European Commission's plans to reduce the power of a vacuum cleaners come into force in September next year. Billed as an 'ecodesign' regulation, the commission will insist any new machine does not exceed 1600 watts and this is set to fall even further to 900 watts by 2017. This move that has sparked concern from cleaning expert, Sarah Southworth, from Specialised Cleaning Services.
She said: “If new rules to reduce the power of vacuum cleaners come into force there are serious concerns regarding the negative impact to health and hygiene. In today's society, the average vacuum cleaner has an 1800 watt engine and if this is reduced by the proposed 50%, the knock on effects are far reaching. I can understand how we need to save energy but in our industry we recognise that highly powered vacuums are a necessity to do our job to the required standard and to the required levels that help keep bugs and dust mites in check.”