You might be asking, "What is household dust?" Household dust is much more complex than the various sized particles used by standard vacuum cleaner tests. Do you know that real dust is a actually complex matrix of components including dust mites, dust mite faeces, bacteria, mould, small insects and particles? In fact, dust mite droppings, dead bodies of dust mites, and small insects are included as allergens.
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Concealed to our naked eye, they are widely spread on many different surfaces of your home ranging from floors to sofas, and beds. A simple action of yours such as sitting on your sofa will send particles flying in the air and can trigger an allergic reaction. Many of these cause components trigger allergies. These allergens are microscopic. The size of dust mite allergen, mould spores and other insect allergens is often between 0.5 to 5 microns. To provide context, the diameter of a human hair is around 50 microns. In other words they are so tiny that you virtually cannot see them even if they are right before your eyes.
This is what a dust mite looks like
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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 (*gasp* they feed on us?). They flourish in textiles, such as bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture like sofas and carpets. So basically we might be living with hundreds or even thousands of dust mites daily. Hence it is obvious that household dust can be hazardous as they contain allergens such as the faeces of dust mite and of course pollen.
The best way to deal with bacteria, pollen and dust mite allergens is to remove them from your home completely. That’s why we need to use reliable vacuum cleaners that can 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. Yours truly me will definitely recommend Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner!
15 Top Cleaning Tips For Your Home
1. Vacuum mattresses on a regular basis to remove dust mite allergen and skin flakes which dust mites feed on. Vacuum both sides of the mattress with a vacuum cleaner with an advanced filtration to prevent the allergen being placed back into the room by exhaust air.
2. Wash bedding on a hot wash to destroy allergens. Washing the bedding on a 60°C or 90°C wash will help to break down allergen (proteins) and reduce the amount to cause allergies.
3. Wash or replace duvets and pillows to reduce the amount of dust mite allergen and skin flakes present in your bed.
4. Remove dust from kitchen cupboard tops. This is an often overlooked place that dust collects and through air movement can be displaced into the kitchen air. Either remove with a vacuum with an advanced filtration system or by dusting with a clean damp cloth or cleaning wipes.
5. When dusting either use a clean damp cloth or cleaning wipes which traps the dust more easily or use a vacuum with an advanced filtration system which will collect the dust. A vacuum cleaner with different attachments and suction is ideal for dust round your home.
6. 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.
7. Move furniture that can be moved and vacuum the places not often vacuumed, such as under the furniture.
8. Vacuum the sofa and chairs regularly; these can harbour not only large debris but also dust mites, skin flakes and other allergens such as pollen and food allergens. Wash any coverings and cushions to reduce the level of dust caught within them.
9. A lot of dust can gather in curtains and blinds. Make sure vacuum them regularly or launder them if possible and practical.
10. Remove dust from walls by dusting with a damp cloth or cleaning wipes or using a HEPA filtered vacuum. Dust on certain wall types can contribute toward the growth of mould; if the room is humid and not well ventilated the dust can act as the nutrient source for the growing mould.
11. Clear kitchen sides and cupboards to deep clean. Use a vacuum with advanced filtration to remove dust and debris then wash with warm water and detergent – make sure you follow up by drying all surfaces.
12. Dust lights and light fittings. A lot of dust can gather in lampshades and light fittings which can burn on hot bulbs producing VOCs and odour or be moved round the room by the production of warm air round the bulbs.
13. Empty the fridge and freezer and clean all surfaces with warm water and detergent or cleaning product. Vacuum round the back and under the fridge and freezer without forgetting the cooler element on the back as this will have the added benefit of improved performance.
14. Deep clean cupboard, wardrobes, and drawers in the bedroom. This is a place rarely emptied and cleaned but dust and fibres can accumulate in the very place you keep your clean clothes. Dust mites can live anywhere there is a source of food; so wherever there is dust there is the possibility of dust mites.
15. And if you’re a Dyson vacuum owner (like me 😁), now is the time to make full use of the range of tools which accompany your machine! These allow you to pick up dust from delicate or hard to reach places, like your blinds, corners and car.
- High Torque cleaner head: High Torque cleaner head with Dynamic Load Sensor (DLS) technology. Intelligently adapts suction to deep clean carpets. Extends run time on hard floors. Available with V11 Absolute only.
- Soft roller cleaner head: engineered with soft woven nylon and anti-static carbon fibre, for hard floors. Available with V11 Absolute only.
- Mini motorised tool: great for cleaning smaller surfaces, car interiors, sofas and stairs.
- Combination tool: two tools in one, including brush and wide nozzle. For switching between tasks.
- Crevice tool: designed for precise cleaning around edges, corners and narrow gaps.
- Mini soft dusting brush: easy, vacuum assisted dusting. With soft nylon bristles to clean delicate surfaces (e.g. blinds) and furniture.
Spring Cleaning can be fun if you know what you need to do.
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