Important steps for Prevention and Control of Dust mites
In the bedroom
Considering we spend over a third of our lifetime in the bedroom, the first measure of prevention is to combat and reduce the dust levels here, since dust mites are known to thrive in mattresses, pillows and bedding. Here are some ways to reduce dust mites around the bedroom:
¢ Something as simple as leaving the bed unmade during the day releases moisture from the mattress, helping prevent dust mite growth.
¢ Anti allergy bedding prevents a new mattress or pillow from becoming infested. It can also be used on old mattresses to prevent the allergens from being released. This will effectively trap the dust mites within the mattress, deprive them of their food source- your skin- and consequently cause them to die.
¢ Make sure your duvet either has a built in allergy barrier or cover it with a dust mite proof cover. Top quality Feather Duvets, such as the Ringsted Dunn range have been tested and proven to be an effective dust mite barrier, as the cotton covers are so tightly woven and have a very small pore size.
¢ Wash bedding materials, including pillow cases, sheets, blankets and mattress pads every other week in hot water (130 °F), if possible, or use a specialized allergy detergent to neutralize allergens, such as the Allergymatters Laundry Detergent.
¢ Clean regularly using a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.
¢ Wash or steam and vacuum soft furnishings, such as curtains, or treat with the Allergymatters Anti Allergy Spray.
¢ Remove carpets where possible, or consider replacing with specially treated carpets that prohibit the growth of dust mites.
¢ Remove unnecessary toys, books, and stuffed animals, or keep stored in closed cupboards. Freeze soft toys that cannot be washed, at least once a month, to kill all dust mites.
¢ Hang all clothes inside wardrobes, including dressing gowns, instead of hanging them on the back of the door.
In the Home
Dust mite allergens can be spread in the air, and settle onto various surfaces, such as soft furnishings, carpets and clothing. The higher the concentration of dust mite allergen in your home, the more susceptible you are to develop this disease. Here are a few measures you can take to prevent your home from becoming a hot spot for dust mites:
¢ It is important to reduce humidity in your home because dust mites love high humidity.
¢ Try to get rid of steam after bathing or while cooking by opening windows and letting dry air into the house.
¢ Never re-use vacuum cleaner bags, and if possible use a vacuum cleaner with high filtration features. If you have a bag less model, make sure that a non dust mite allergic person empties it outside for you.
¢ Dust mites hate sunlight so air out your home and hang out rugs and blankets outside. Read our article on Heat and Dust Mites.
¢ Remove carpeting from rooms in the house and replace it with tiled or wooden floors. If you want to stick with carpeting, make sure you vacuum regularly with a good quality vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration, or treat using a steam cleaner.
¢ Consider replacing old sofas with leather upholstered ones, as dust mites cannot live in them.
¢ Eliminate or reduce fabric wall hangings such as tapestries or pennants in the home.
¢ Damp dust the house regularly, not forgetting Venetian blinds, shelves, skirting boards and picture rails.