Keep Your Family Home Dust-Mite Free
Allergies can make life miserable. Red eyes, sneezing, and having a stuffy nose are awful symptoms to deal with and, if your allergy triggers asthma and impacts your breathing, the reaction could even be fatal. One allergen that might be causing you a world of trouble is the common yet nearly invisible dust mite. These miniature creatures thrive in our homes, occupying the fibres of carpets, bedding, and soft furnishings where they feed on pet dander and flakes of human skin!
While this might sound a bit like a horror story, there is good news! There are several things you can do to control the amount of dust mites in your living spaces, including regular carpet cleaning. Follow these suggestions to make your family home a dust-mite free zone so you and your family can all breathe easy.
Control Heat and Humidity
Dust mites thrive in warm environments where the humidity is around 70 to 80 percent and the temperature is a stuffy 24 to 27 degrees Celsius. This can make living in a climate like Perth, that tends to be warmer, challenging. Program your thermostats to limit the warmth in your home in order to slow down the breeding of the invasive mites. Humidity can be addressed by purchasing a dehumidifier and monitoring your home’s level, aiming for a relative humidity of lower than 50 percent.
Be Good to Your Bed
Your bed is a prime spot for dust mite propagation. That cozy warm environment full of tasty snacks is the perfect place for them to thrive. Luckily, though, dust mites don’t like it too warm so running your sheets through a hot water wash and hot spin dry cycle at least once a week is one of the best ways to exterminate them.
Make your bed even more comfortable by purchasing an anti-allergy mattress cover which will protect you from the many mites living inside your mattress. While it isn’t possible to be totally rid of dust mites, you can at least rest assured, knowing that the cover is keeping you safe from allergenic sources as you sleep.
Clean Your House
Keep control of dust mites by maintaining a clean home. Be sure to not just push dust around with a feather duster, but instead use a method that will capture it, such as wiping surfaces with a damp cloth. Regularly clean your soft furnishings and curtains and deep clean your carpets, hiring a professional who can steam clean with an anti-allergen system.
By following these tips, you can be sure to make your home a safe environment for any allergy sufferers in your family – and a place where everyone can relax, enjoy the space, and breathe a whole lot easier.