Dust Mite Allergies: How to Clean Your Home to Prevent Dust Mites

Dust Mite Allergies: How to Clean Your Home to Prevent Dust Mites

From coast to coast, there’s a microscopic invader in nearly every American home. For about 20 million Americans, the tiny little dust mite is responsible for a whole world of suffering.

They battle cold-like symptoms on a daily basis because of these pesky intruders. But the good thing is, with proper cleaning, it is possible to greatly reduce their numbers in your home.

If you’re battling a year-round cold, you’ll want to read on! We’ve prepared some house cleaning tips that will help you reduce your dust mite allergies as well as sprucing up your home!

Know Your Enemy: What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are only 0.3mm in length, and you can only see them through a microscope. But it is their droppings that are the real problem. It is these tiny droppings that cause dust mite allergies. 

Dust mites actually feed on dead skin cells that we deposit as we go about our daily lives. They’re not harmful to us in themselves. They won’t burrow into you or bite you.

Because we can’t see dust mites, most people are diagnosed with dust mite allergies based on their symptoms. They also make symptoms worse for people who suffer from asthma. 

 

Dust mites love upholstery, fabrics, and other forms of soft furnishings. We’ll focus on how to eliminate them from these areas. 

Stage 1 – Reduce Soft Furnishings Where Possible

Before we go into house cleaning tips, it’s worth considering the kind of furniture and floor coverings you have in your home. 

People with severe dust mite allergies should avoid thick carpets, drapes, and upholstery. It is possible to clean these, but you will need to clean them very regularly to keep dust mites at bay.

As an alternative, consider non-fabric options. These could include:

  • wooden floors
  • wooden, plastic, leather, or vinyl furniture
  • small rugs that you can easily wash
  • roll down shades

Any item or furnishing that is known to be a dust collector may have to go to keep these invaders at bay.

Regular dusting can help, but this can be problematic for people with dust mite allergies. Wearing a mask is essential. Even better, get someone to do the dusting who does not have dust mite allergies. 

Stage 2 – Create a Practical Weekly Cleaning Routine

To keep dust mites at bay, you need to come up with a cleaning routine that does not throw them back into the air. Many vacuum cleaners do this, as does sweeping with a broom. 

Get the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Many vacuum cleaners do a great job of sucking dust out of carpets and depositing it in other parts of the home. 

Try to choose a vacuum that comes with a HEPA filter. This high-efficiency particulate filter is designed to capture minuscule particles like dust mites. Also, investigate how the vacuum captures the dust after vacuuming. 

Some bags are not thick enough to contain the dust. Other vacuums have stronger bags that do a better job of containing the dust. Others are bagless but may bring you in contact with a lot of dust when you clean them out.

Start High, Work Low

Dust that accumulates in the higher parts of the room will cascade to the floor over time. That’s why it’s important to start high and work low.

The best way to clean hard-to-reach areas without circulating dust? Use a vacuum with a suitable long-handled attachment.

By doing this regularly, dust will not build up as much. Then work your way down, using a duster that you have spritzed with water. This will actually remove the dust particles, rather than just moving them around.

Once a week may be enough to keep high-level dust in check. However, floors and lower surfaces will need more regular attention.

Daily and Twice-Weekly Tasks

It’s a good idea to damp mop your hard floor surfaces every day.

If you have carpets or upholstered furniture, this should be thoroughly vacuumed twice a week to remove as much dust as possible. 

Steam cleaning is also very effective for controlling dust allergies. That’s because it can kill the dust mites, not just move them around. 

Check out the care instructions for your carpet and soft furnishings. Some will be fine with regular steam cleaning. For others, this may be too harsh for long-term use. 

Stage 3 – Keep Your Bedroom Clean

We spend around a third of our day in the bedroom. This is also the place that dust mites like the best. They love mattresses and bedding.

Keeping the humidity level in your bedroom down is very important. Consider investing in a dehumidifier. Dust mites can’t survive in low humidity environments.

Wash your pillows, bedding, drapes, and any small rugs regularly. Hot washing will help to kill dust mites. Try to get someone who does not have dust allergies to do this for you!

Stage 4 – Seasonal Cleaning

Along with regular damp dusting and steam cleaning, have a good schedule of seasonal cleaning. This would include steam cleaning mattresses to kill them off deep inside.

Curtains and rugs should be cleaned as regularly as possible. Dust can easily penetrate the fibers. Washing at temperatures above 130°F can kill the mites and remove the dust particles they feed on.

In the meantime, consider using allergen-proof mattress covers. You can wash these regularly, and they will help to keep you away from dust mites that might be residing in your mattress.

Choose Pros to Keep Dust Mite Allergies at Bay!

Dust mite allergies are hard to control, but a good weekly cleaning routine is the key. If this all sounds like a lot of work on top of your regular routine, it’s time to get the pros in!

At TMC Cleaning Services, we’re proud to bring the highest standards of professional cleaning to the homes of northern Georgia. Our regular cleaning services can help you to keep dust mites – and dust mite allergies – at bay.

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