How to Prevent the Impact of Dust Mites in Your Home
No matter how clean is your house and how often you tidy it up, dust mites will inhabit the soft surfaces of your interior and furniture. These insects are inevitable human companions used to our comfort and inexhaustible source of food.
However, a few simple actions can significantly reduce their population in your house up to concentration safe for your health. Follow the instructions below and feel protected from these parasites.
Dust mite allergens
Dust mites are the source of severe allergic reactions and a few popular diseases like asthma. That is why it is extremely important to control their number at home. While dust mites themselves are almost harmless to human health, their excrements can cause various disorders. Due to the lack of stomach, the process of gastrointestinal digestion is held outside their bodies with the help of special enzymes and fungus that mites secrete on dust pieces before eating. These enzymes and fungus are a source of human allergic reaction. The more mites are at home, the bigger concentration of allergic trigger we have.
Prevent your home from mites’ congestion
The first step in fighting dust mites is diligent general cleaning. Pick up all your bedding, curtains, towels and other soft materials and run all this through the washing machine cycle with dryer. This may help reduce the number of mites in your bed and surrounding areas. Don’t keep the clothes you’ve already wore in the wardrobe: wash it regularly, as well as other materials that contact with your skin to limit the amount of food for mites. If your washing machine is not big enough to handle all your home stuff, go to laundries that offer proper equipment. Only a complex cleaning can really help in reducing mites population in your home.
While all bedding is washing, clean your house from dust with vacuum cleaner and wet cleaning. Clean up all the areas, including all ‘hard-to-reach’ corners and surfaces.
Next, while your bedding and draperies are in the washing machine, do a thorough vacuuming and dusting of your house. They say that cleanliness is next to godliness – well, in this case, cleanliness is vital for a home free from dust mites! Think about it – dust mites thrive off of your skin cells and other dust particles, so if you remove these items from your home, they’ll have less food to live off of. Frequent vacuuming and dusting helps to keep potential food supplies low, which keeps dust mites away from your home.
The other baneful factor for dust mites is low humidity. Dust mites can’t survive in houses with humidity of 50% and less. That is why most of mites prefer beds, where people produce enough vapors while sleeping. Keeping your home ‘dry’, periodically turning off the humidifier will help to reduce the number of parasites in the rooms, as carpets and soft furniture will become unfit for them. Of course take care of your bed, refresh the furnishing regularly, as well as the bedding.
Another important habitat of dust mites is furniture covered with soft textile. Mites are very small creatures, and due to such microscopic sizes they can easily hide deep in the sofas or arm-chairs, avoiding vacuum cleaning and other preventive procedures. Obviously we can’t clean the whole furniture in washing machines. All you can do is regular vacuum cleaning that will help to remove dust and skin flakes that attract mites.
Also there are a lot of hypoallergenic materials that are made so that dust and other snips can’t pass though them. Choose the furniture covered with such materials to avoid the ingress of mites inside the soft furniture structure.
It is impossible to get rid of all mites and keep your house sterile like operating room. The absence of dust mites is possible only if you live in an empty house without furniture and any hint of a comfort. Your warm and comfortable rooms inevitably attract mites. However you can significantly reduce their number by keeping your house clean and tidy, frequently washing all textile interior elements and cleaning all surfaces from dust.