Bacteria Killing Vacuum

Greg Lawson is from Oreck where they have just introduced a revolutionary vacuum that actually kills bacteria.

What you can’t see, can hurt you! Most people don’t realize carpets and floors harbor more germs than virtually all the other surfaces in their home combined. That’s why Oreck® is introducing the Oreck Halo, the world’s only upright vacuum that uses ultraviolet light to clean and kill germs, bacteria, viruses, allergens and mold.

How It Works

The Oreck Halo uses proprietary UV-C technology – the same technology that safely and effectively disinfects drinking water and sterilizes operating rooms – to eliminate many of the harmful things you can’t see. A high-powered UV-C bulb is housed in a patented light chamber with a durable quartz glass exterior, and independent tests prove this UV-C light kills more than 99 percent of many common germs it comes in contact with. With the Oreck Halo, it’s possible to vacuum and kill germs with no extra effort, no extra time and no extra cost. This translates to a better, safer and healthier clean – all without damaging or fading carpet, tile or hardwood when used properly.

“Every time we enter our homes, we track in germs, bacteria and viruses from outside,” said David Oreck, Founder of the Oreck Corporation. “Think about when you come home from work, or when the kids come in all dirty after playing outside. What about the dog digging in the neighbor’s trash?”

According to independent tests by Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona, carpets, tile and hardwood floors can have up to 4,000 times more germs and bacteria per square inch – even after vacuuming – than the toilet seat.

“The Oreck Halo represents the future of home hygiene. It gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re doing all you can to provide a clean and healthier environment for your entire family,” Oreck added.

Survey Results

Survey Reveals Little Awareness of Home Hygiene A January 2009 Kelton Research survey of 1,000 American adults revealed that 6 in 10 have submitted to the “three-second rule” and eaten food that has fallen on the floor.

In the same survey, only 16 percent correctly identified carpet as the dirtiest home surface. When told the number of germs and bacteria on carpets and floors, nearly 80 percent indicated strong interest in a product that could minimize this health concern. Genesis of the Oreck Halo The technology for the Oreck Halo was born from one family’s quest to protect its premature triplets. Ken and Carrie Garcia were told their best option was to rip up all their carpet to minimize exposure to potentially fatal germs and allergens. Ken, who worked in a water-treatment plant, believed there was a better solution.

After considerable research and engineering, he was able to incorporate the same UV-C technology he used every day to safeguard the drinking supply into the bottom of a vacuum.

“We wanted to share our invention with families everywhere, so we took it to David Oreck because of his longstanding commitment to quality products,” Ken Garcia said. Oreck, boasting a storied history of innovation, views UV-C as the most significant emerging technology in homecare and home hygiene. It acquired this technology from the Garcias and made more than 100 design and performance enhancements to deliver the Oreck Halo with a vastly improved user experience.

The Oreck Halo has two high-powered motors. One drives the “brushroll” that fluffs the carpet’s nap while the other delivers maximum suction and pickup, which means the dirt and germs it kills, are quickly trapped inside the HEPA 13 filter bag for safe removal. The bag is so tightly woven that dead germs stay inside, and Oreck’s patented Sani-Seal tab prevents them from escaping when emptied. An ordinary vacuum may pick up some germs, but they may still be alive inside the bag or canister. When emptied, it’s possible those germs are transported from one part of the house to another. The Oreck Halo’s patented UV-C light comes with a five-year warranty and the vacuum has a three-year warranty and includes three free tune-ups at any Oreck Clean Home Center.

The Oreck Halo is available for $599.95 on Oreck’s Web site (, in 450 Oreck Clean Home Centers nationwide or by calling Oreck directly at 888.600.HALO(888.600.4256.

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There are five local Oreck stores from Orem to Layton and three in the Salt Lake valley. You can find them at

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