The Ultimate Guide to Dorm Room Cleanliness

September 6, 2023 by Kenmore

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It’s that time of the year again! You’re making your first visit to your new college student only to find…they’re keeping their dorm room just like they kept their bedroom back home. Having essential home appliances, such as a vacuum cleaner and air purifier, is crucial for maintaining a clean and healthy living space.

Dorm Room Vacuums and Purifiers

Kenmore has a list of recommendations for stick vacuums, lightweight upright vacuums, and air purifiers that will suit any college kids’ needs.

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Stick Vacuums

Stick vacuums are perfect for college kids who are living in small spaces, such as dorms and apartments. Between crumbs from late-night snacks, dirt from shoes, and hair shed from your roommate’s beloved pet, a stick vac is essential for keeping the shared space clean. Kenmore’s line of stick vacs are lightweight at less than 6lbs and easy to maneuver in tight spaces or around furniture. The Kenmore Elite CSV | Max has up to 40 minutes of runtime* and features a 250W brushless motor for 2X suction power*. Plus, it comes with a detachable hand vacuum to clean upholstery, auto interiors, and more.


“I love this vacuum cleaner. Very light, easy to use, good price and even aesthetically beautiful.” – Blanqui, Verified Review for Kenmore DS4090


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Upright Vacuums

For those who prefer a more traditional approach, Kenmore also offers a line of lightweight upright vacuums. Don’t be fooled by their weight of 12lbs – these vacuums pack a powerful punch! Say goodbye to lugging around heavy equipment and hello to a sleek and efficient model designed for smaller spaces. Kenmore offers several models, including the Kenmore FeatherLite™ Bagless Upright, which features a Hair Eliminator® brushroll.  You’ll never have to manually cut pet hair off your brushroll again!

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?  The Kenmore FeatherLite™ Lift-Up® Bagless Upright has a completely sealed air path to tackle all your cleaning needs.  The AllergenSeal™† System with HEPA filtration traps 99.97% of dust down to 0.3 microns inside your vacuum, keeping them out of the air you breathe. The best part? Since these vacuums store away easily, you can quickly do a clean sweep before unexpected guests arrive.

“Super impressed with this vacuum. It’s picked up significantly more dust and fur from our carpets than the other vacuums we had. Now our carpets look brand new! It was actually kinda mind blowing to see the clouds of dust swirling up from our rugs into the vacuum. I had been running our robo vac almost daily due to the dog and her spring. How was there still so much dust left on those rugs?! Well, Kenmore obliterated that dust.” – Eva S., Verified Review for DU1099


Air Purifiers

Air purifiers are essential for creating a healthy living space. College dorms and apartments can have poor air quality due to many factors, including pollution, cooking, or cleaning products. If you add a furry friend into that mix, you’ll need an air purifier to filter out the odors and allergens that come along with having a pet in a small space.

Kenmore offers air purifiers with 3-stage filtration capturing 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns. Not only do they clean your air fast, they do it quietly. The SilentClean™ system provides ultra-quiet operation, so you can sleep, watch TV or go on with your day knowing your air quality is being monitored and improved.  The Kenmore 850e is the perfect size unit for a small room and is EnergyStar® certified.

Or if you’d like an upgraded version, try the Kenmore SMART 2300e with app control to manage your home environment anytime from the palm of your hand.  Kenmore offers a variety of sizes to choose from, you can find one that suits both your needs and your budget.

“It’s not big, but it is powerful and it tells you how clean the air is. So glad we got this to help with wildfire smoke.” – Peaceful Reality, Verified Review for PM2010

Cleaner air can also mean better school performance. Find how you can choose the right air purifier with our shopping guide.

Be Your Best You

In conclusion, back-to-school shopping is more than textbooks and snacks. Investing in dorm cleanliness is essential for both the physical and mental health of roommates. Kenmore’s line of stick vacuums, lightweight upright vacuums, and air purifiers are the perfect addition to any dorm room, especially for those with pets. Remember, a clean space is a happy space. Happy shopping!


*Than the Kenmore 10438 stick vacuum.
†AllergenSeal System filters dirt, dust and non-living matter such as pet dander.


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