Okay, so this scare-factor article may seem more fitting for Halloween than Christmas, but with lots of our customers asking for advice on combating dust mites – we just had to talk about them.
Ignorance is bliss for those who don’t suffer from dust mite allergies. They can pretend that dust mites don’t actually exist, which is easy enough to do as they’re microscopic. Unlike the rest of us, who are left sneezing, coughing and scratching with just the thought of them… knowing how to reduce them in the home is key!
Dust mites: What you need to know (even if you don’t want to)
Dust mites live in dark, warm and moist places. If it’s cosy, dust mites love it! Carpet, mattresses, upholstery and rugs…they thrive in it all. They love to hide in dust, especially dusty upholstery! They feed off your dead skin, which accumulates most in places you relax as that’s where it’s concentrated. On average, people shed up to 10 grams of skin a week, so we really are an ‘all you can eat buffet’ for these creepy crawlies!
Dust mites and allergies
Those who are allergic to dust mites are allergic to their faeces, which after feeding off your dead skin they will poo everywhere. Dust mites can poo up to 20 times a day. After breathing in these faeces symptoms will flare up in allergy suffers, causing a reaction…You may feel you’re having one just reading this.
Dust mite allergies are more common in vulnerable people such as the elderly and young children. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose, itching of the nose, eyes and throat and congestion. More serious reactions is difficulty in breathing and Asthma.
Homes with high levels of dust mites can cause previously non-allergic people to have a reaction.
Dust mites and professional Carpet cleaning
Having your carpets, mattresses and upholstery professionally cleaned regularly will help control dust mite allergies in your home. Dust mite allergies and asthma can go hand and hand, so it’s important to keep the little gritters at bay to avoid flare ups.
Along with calling in the professionals to clean those dust mite hot spots, there are things you can do yourself in your home, such as…
- Wash bed linen weekly on a hot wash
- Change pillows every six months
- Avoid wall to wall carpeting – concrete flooring is a stylish and healthy alternative to carpets. For more information on concrete flooring check out stoneseal.ie
Help is at hand with Renew Carpet Cleaning
Renew carpet cleaning can remove up 98% of dust mites from your beds, mattress and upholstery.
To find out more about how Renew can help with dust mites and other allergens in your home, contact us today