You don’t have to asthmatic to be affected by dust. Living in a dusty environment can be bad for anyone’s health. Among the problems that dust cause are dust mites. These tiny, invisible insects live in the fibres of carpeting, plush furniture, curtains, mattresses, pillows and bedding. It just so happens that most dust mites exist where you sleep. This is because they feed on dead skin which is often shed while you’re snoozing.
According to the Asthma Society of Canada, “the average adult sheds two pounds of dead skin per year; much of it while sleeping. Dust mites live in bedding and mattresses and eat these flakes of skin. They prefer warm, humid environments.” The problem with dust mites is that they leave fecal matter and body parts wherever they go. And these are common allergens. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? This is why it pays to keep a dust-free home.
Here are four simple ways to do just that:
1. Place doormats at the entrances of your home. One of the best ways to keep a dust-free home is to minimize its chances of entering its doors. There are many pollutants that come from the outdoors. And often, we track them into the house on the bottoms of our shoes. Having a doormat at each entrance gives both you and your visitors the opportunity to dust off your footwear before going inside.
On BobVila.com, Donna Boyle Schwartz highly recommends this practice. “Every time visitors come in from the outside, they track dirt into the house—and small dirt particles are a major component of dust,” she informs us, “Use both exterior and interior doormats—especially the kind with a bristle top—to trap dirt and keep it from traveling farther into your home. Wash or vacuum the mats regularly to prevent buildup.”
2. Place air purifiers in the rooms you use the most. We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms. But there are many other rooms in your home that you are likely to frequent. By using air purifiers, you help to minimize the amount of dust that collects on your furniture and other belongings. On WomansDay.com, Diane Benson Harrington recommends that you “skip ionic air cleaners; they release ozone. Instead, choose fan-powered cleaners.”
3. Keep your pets well maintained. Human skin isn’t the only part of the dust mite diet. If you own pets, you’re likely well aware that skin, hair and dander can find their ways to be left all over your home. Not only is it wise to continually clean it all up, but you’ll want to find ways to keep shedding at a minimum. Keep your pets well groomed and their specified areas for play and sleep properly cleaned.
This will go a long way in keeping dust mites at bay. “Dead skin cells and dead hair are a major source of dust—and unfortunately, our furry friends produce a lot of hair!” Schwartz reminds us, “Groom pets regularly to help keep dead skin and hair from accumulating. As a bonus, you and your pets will feel better too. Keeping kitty’s litter box covered will also help hold down the dust.”
4. Get rid of carpeting. “Getting rid of carpet might seem like a drastic measure, but carpeting holds an awful lot of dust—and releases it into the air every time you take a step,” continues Schwartz, “If you are thinking of redecorating, consider installing some type of hard-surface flooring: wood, tile, stone, or vinyl are all good alternatives to carpeting and much easier to keep dust-free!”
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we know how important keeping a dust-free home is to your indoor air quality. For more information on how our Air Quality Services can help you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.