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Beds are the chief place that the majority of dust mites reside; other locations that are popular for mites are pillows, overstuffed furniture, stuffed animals, rugs and carpeting. The place where your pet sleeps is also a hot spot. Our beds are a perfect habitat for dust mites to live, surrounded by the flakes of skin we shed during sleep, and because the mattress, sheets, and blankets are often warmer and moister than other places within the home.
The main concern about dust mites is that many people are allergic to them. The allergen that interferes with our immune system is the feces and body fragments of the mite. These byproducts of the dust mite as well as what other things we contribute become the components of dust. Unfortunately, these particles are so small that they easily become airborne and are inhaled when dust is disturbed.
Symptoms associated with dust mites are sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, runny nose, stuffy ears, respiratory problems, eczema and at times, asthma.
The methods Cathy’s Cleaning recommends and uses to prevent or reduce the effects of dust and dust mites is dusting with a damp cloth on furniture and allowing the dust time to settle on the floor before vacuuming. Just by dusting with a damp cloth reduces airborne particles by 93 percent compared with dry dusting.
The next process and probably the most important tool for managing house dust and dust mites are using a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration.
Regular, thorough vacuuming of carpets, furniture, and other home furnishings such as draperies will help keep dust mite populations low. Even vacuuming mattresses and padded furniture thoroughly can reduce populations. Just by vacuuming alone removes up to 85% of insoluble material found in fabrics.
We also recommend having items where dust mites proliferate cleaned by our certified technicians at least once or twice a year by hot water extraction.
Cathy’s Cleaning has the resources that are needed to run their own private tests on products and materials to see the effectiveness of all cleaning products and methods. Having this at our disposal allows us to set and maintain our high standards. This includes microbial sensitivity and resistance tests as well as samples taken before and after cleaning to prove our methods are being effective (upon request).
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help protect you and your family from Dust mite allergens please contact us today!