10 tips to keep the dust mite out of your house.
House-dust mites are very little relatives of tics and spiders, propagating in damp and warm places. In practice, they live in every house, and most of them can be found in bedding and mattresses – the places, offering them lots of their main food – human skin particles. House-dust mites also live in curtains, carpets and soft furnishings.
It’s actually not the house-dust mites themselves who cause problems, but their droppings – especially for people affected by allergic rhinitis, asthma and atopic eczema, though the last one is less clear than the others. The researches reveal that most people having eczema show an allergic reaction to dust mites. However, it’s uncertain what does this mean, as for some people it may become a key aggravating factor for the illness, but for others it can become just one of many factors. Most likely the main problem for people with asthma is dust-mite in the air, while for those having eczema it’s dust in bedding and furnishing which is more important.
You can’t banish the dust mites from the house for 100%. But it is possible to achieve positive results if you focus attention on the places you spend most time, like bedroom and living room. Of course, cleaning the dust out will be the key factor, as it contains dust-mite droppings. This means you should not only carry out regular cleaning, but also get rid of the furnishings attracting dust or those which can’t be cleaned thoroughly. Below is some advice that would help you reduce the number of dust mite in the house.
1. Air the rooms every day in order to decrease humidity, thus making your house a less attractive place for the dust mites that prefer damp environment.
2. Dust levels can be kept down by regular dusting with a damp cloth.
3. If you choose using anti-house-dust mite sprays, be careful because they may be allergenic themselves. Moreover, they may be quite expensive and will need extra work after use, like vacuuming the room in order to remove dust mite droppings.
4. Change curtains for vertically slatted or roller blinds. If you still want curtains, use fabrics able to withstand regular washing.
5. Replace the carpets with wooden flooring or tiles. If you still prefer rugs, use the small ones and wash them at a temperature over 60oC, which destroys dust mites.
6. Consider changing your vacuum cleaner – it’ll worth it investing in the cleaner having a high-powered filter.
7. The ideal choice of furniture for you is vinyl or leather chairs and sofas instead or fabric-covered furniture. At least you could use washable covers. Vacuuming soft furnishings every week is not a bad idea as well.
8. A good idea is to take some useless ornaments and items like books away or hold them in closed cupboards.
9. If possible, put barrier covers on pillows, mattresses and duvets, but it’s rather expensive. Also wash the linen at a temperature over 60oC and vacuum mattresses every week. Pillows and duvets which are man-made will be easier to wash and less likely to contain dust mites as opposed to those containing feathers.
10. Soft toys should be washed regularly as well, as they can also contain dust mites. Despite most children don’t like to be parted from them, choose time to wash their favorite toys.
Usually dust mites are not a key allergic factor. So it makes sense to clean your house from dust mite in a way proportionate to the severity of your allergy.