How to Reduce Dust Mites in your Home
Dust mites are microscopic in size, but for the estimated 20 million Americans living with dust mite allergies or asthma, they make a significant difference.
Did you know there are ways to combat dust mites and significantly reduce their impacts? As a top-rated housecleaning service in Northern Virginia, Rescue Me Cleaning recommends these tips for reducing dust mites in your home. Try them along with one of our deep cleanings! We are offering 20% off all deep cleanings if you book by April 30, 2017!
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, dust mites and their droppings are one of the leading causes of year-round allergies and asthma. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate them from any home, there are things you can do to significantly reduce their effect.
Temperature and Humidity Levels
Dryness and temperatures between 65 and 72 degrees are important for dust mite control. Dust mites like the humidity level to go above 50% in order to thrive, so controlling humidity also helps tremendously.
Throw open the windows on a comfortable, dry day! Freshening up indoor air, especially in the bedrooms where these little critters thrive, is a great idea. One hour a day is sufficient to bring in the fresh air and usher out the stale air.
Wash Bedding and Soft Furnishings
Wash bedding every week in hot water (mites can’t survive at temperatures above 130F) to help kill dust mites. Don’t forget other soft furnishings such as cushions, pillows or throws. Wash them monthly in high heat as well. Curtains aren’t immune to dust mites and they, too, should be cleaned regularly! Most allergists recommend limiting soft furnishings in the bedroom of anyone with allergies or asthma to help limit dust mite exposure. There is some evidence that eucalyptus oil added to the wash helps to eliminate up to 99% of dust mites.
Dust Mite Covers
Allergists recommend using special dust mite covers on all mattresses, duvets and pillows in the bedroom. These special fabrics can prevent dust mites from burrowing into these items and help limit exposure in the bedroom.
If you want to reduce the dust mite population, then reduce the clutter in your home. It’s also a terrific way to reduce the amount of cleaning! Keep surfaces in your home, especially the bedrooms, clear of clutter and dust as much as possible. Limit soft furnishings in the bedrooms as we’ve stated but also throughout your home if there is someone with asthma or severe allergies.
Carpets and Flooring
Most allergists recommend limiting carpeting in the home when allergies or asthma present. Use a vacuum with a high-quality, HEPA filter and good ratings. Wet vacuuming and steam cleaning are the best methods for getting rid of dust mites in carpeting.
Pet Owners Beware
Pets carry dander, which means dust mites. Whether your pet has fur or feathers, dust mites are likely to be present and homeowners should take extra measures to control the dust mite population. This includes extra cleaning, keeping pet beds clean by washing in hot water, and using allergen-proof fabric covers, if possible, for pet beds. Keeping pets off human beds is also a good idea!
As you can see, there are so many places that dust mites live and so many ways to combat them! Why waste your precious time trying to keep up? Rescue Me Cleaning is an eco-friendly professional cleaning service. Contact us for a quote today and don’t forget to take advantage of out 20% deep cleaning discount! Save your weekend. Rescue Me Cleaning. It’s about time.