How to deal with Dust Mites
Dust in the home is composed largely of tiny particles of human skin. Dust mites are living organisms that feed on this skin, but they are not parasites. Dust mites do not bite people, they only eat skin cells that have been shed.
Since you can’t see them and they don’t bite you, you may wonder why anyone would be concerned about dust mites. Outside of the unsettling thought of living creatures in your home feasting on your shed skin cells, the main reason homeowners battle dust mites is due to allergies. A dust mite allergy can cause sneezing, congestion, coughing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and more.
A test at the allergist can reveal whether you have a dust mite allergy. If you do, vacuuming will become a chore you perform frequently in order to stay healthy.
Dust Mite Locations
Before pulling out the vacuum, it’s important to think about where dust mites are in your home. Since they are microscopic, you won’t be able to see them. However, because dust mites prefer soft surfaces over hard, they tend to congregate in areas such as mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpeting, and curtains.
When you vacuum, it’s always best to clean all hard and soft surfaces, but for dust-mite issues, try to give special attention to soft surfaces by using the smaller vacuum attachments to clean your furniture and drapes.
To help combat your dust mite allergy, clean washable items in your home such as cushion covers, blankets, pet bedding, and other items in the washer on the hot cycle.
Removing Dust Mites from Vacuum
With a dust mite allergy, you will want to empty your vacuum frequently so that the dust mites do not remain in your home, and so that they do not escape from the vacuum and re-infest your furniture and bedding.
We recommend emptying your vacuum outside if your bag is not sealed naturally.
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- 27 May, 2022