>> Jun 29, 2015
Are you tired of waking up in the middle of the night with your children complaining about itchy skin?
Dust by itself does not cause allergies. It is the dust mites that are the most common cause of allergy from house dust. They eat dead skin which is why they are present in all the places you and your family spend a lot of time in. The worst part is that dust mites are invisible to the naked eye and there can be as many as 2 million just living in your mattress alone!
Getting rid of dust mites to lessen allergies from dust is obviously not an option. But there are ways to reduce exposure to them and help our kids fight off dust allergies, here’s some of the tips commonly known and used for carpet cleaning in Melbourne.
There are a lot of things in your house where dust mites can thrive; you need to find out what these are and how you can deal with them:
- Woolen blankets are a haven for dust mites, try replacing this with cotton.
- Encase your child’s mattress and pillows in an allergen-proof fabric so that you can prevent these dust mites from breeding in the bedding.
- If you’re using shades, consider replacing them with shutters so you can easily damp-wipe them when cleaning. But if you still prefer using curtains, make sure to wash them in very hot water. While cold water can wash off the dust mites, hot water can kill them.
Consider using carpets or rugs
A lot of people think that carpets and rugs can cause asthma and allergy attacks because of the amount of dust that can get trapped in the carpet fibres. What they don’t know is that carpets and rugs actually act as an air filter, trapping airborne allergens and pollutants that can trigger an asthma or an allergy attack.
But like all filters, carpets and rugs should be kept clean and healthy, It is best to vacuum them twice a week for maintenance, but a professional clean from carpet cleaning experts will ensure that your carpets are completely free of germs and bacteria.
Remove or at least lessen the moisture in the air by reducing indoor humidity. One was to do this is to use an air-conditioner, or if not, a dehumidifier will do. Avoid putting objects that can add moisture in an enclosed room, like an aquarium or a humidifier. By doing this, you are lessening the chances of dust mites and mould to thrive in your home.
For an inexpensive alternative, you can always just use a filter in your central air system. A simple cheese cloth can be used to catch dust, you just need to put them over your vents.
Wash and vacuum regularly
Our kids love stuffed animals, but they are also a haven for dust mites. You can wrap them in plastic or put them in a bag and place them in the freezer, or use hot water to kill the dust mites.
Throw your rugs, blankets, sheets, curtains and pillowcases in very hot water. Try to avoid steam cleaning because moist might provide an ideal environment for dust mites to live in. Make sure that surfaces prone to dust are damp-wiped weekly.
Vacuuming should be done twice a week. Your vacuum cleaner should have the HEPA filter to ensure that dust, dirt, and debris have been cleaned away. But also make sure that your vacuum cleaner is clean. The suction capacity of your vacuum cleaner will be reduced if you leave it full and dirty. You can just empty the bag, clean the filter, and check for stuck debris.
Create a healthy living space for you and for your whole family. By reducing the exposure to dust mites, your kids will enjoy staying at home without worrying about allergy attacks.
Sean Si is the Marketing guy of Electrodry Carpet Cleaning. He is the go-to guy when it comes to the latest home improvement tips. When he's not busy, he writes about guides on a healthy home and life, and spends quality time with his family and friends.