Spring cleaning week plan
2 April 2020
House dust mites, and their faeces which contain microscopic enzymes, are common in house dust. House dust mites feed on moulds, as well as animal and human skin flakes. They flourish in textiles, such as bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture like sofas and carpets.
“Household dust can be a concern, as it may contain allergens such as dust mite faeces and pollen. Mattresses, bedding, upholstery and carpets can all accumulate unseen dust,” says Gem McLuckie, Advanced Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson. Gem is an expert in the biological composition of our homes, having worked in a number of health and research institutions before joining Dyson two years ago. Her knowledge of household dust is enough to make your skin crawl.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about how to best remove the allergens found in dust from your home,” says Gem. “All of our research has shown that the best way to deal with bacteria, pollen and dust mite allergens is to remove them from your home completely. That’s why we focus our efforts on designing vacuum cleaners that pick the dust up, have cyclones that are incredibly efficient to keep it in the machine, as well as filters and seals to make sure it doesn’t get emitted back into your home.”
“It can be hard to know where to start, but splitting tasks over a week can make deep cleaning more manageable”.
Identify the areas in your home that aren't cleaned regularly.
Use either a clean damp cloth or cleaning wipes to trap dust more easily or use a vacuum with an advanced filtration system. A vacuum cleaner with different attachments and strong suction is ideal for removing dust around your home.
Vacuum your home after dusting so that any dust that has been disturbed and placed onto the floor is removed and not redistributed around the home by normal activity – wherever there is dust there is the possibility of dust mites.
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