How To Combat Dust Allergy
Prevention is always better than cure and this is especially true when working out how to combat dust allergy. Allergens such as house dust mites, pet dander or fungal spores can be hard to spot and can exist in even the cleanest house. The best way to tackle these allergens is not only to be thorough with cleaning but to choose furnishings and cleaning methods which will minimise dust allergens within the home.
House dust mites
House dust mites feast on dead flakes of skin shed by humans and pets. Dust it’s self is made up of the digested dead skin and the dead bodies of the dust mites. Controlling house dust mite numbers is an important factor if you are to combat dust allergy.
- Choose hard floors such as wood or vinyl instead of a carpet
- Fit roller blinds that can be easily wiped clean
- Clean soft toys, furnishings such as cushions, curtains and upholstered furniture regularly. Wash items on a hot wash or vacuum thoroughly
- Never use wool, feather or down bedding. Buy synthetic pillows and duvets
- Invest in a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, this will remove more dust than an ordinary vacuum cleaner
- Avoid dry dusting. Wipe hard surfaces with a damp cloth to trap the dust
- Maintain good ventilation in your home
Allergy to pets
Pets contribute to dust as they shed flakes of their dead skin. Pet saliva and dried urine also contribute to allergic reaction. Good basic hygiene can make it possible tor an allergy sufferers to tolerate pets in the home.
- Restrict pets within the home. if possible restrict them to rooms with hard floors
- Don’t allow pets in bedrooms
- Where possible, bathe pets regularly
- Groom pets regularly outside
- Wash pet bedding and soft furnishings on which a pet has been (ideally at 60°C)
Allergy to mold spores
Mould grows on decaying matter and thrive in damp environments. It is the spores that the mould releases that are allergens. The spores are released when there is a sudden rise in temperature. Indoor drying of laundry in Winter can therefore aggravate the problem. Here are some tips for minimising mould spores within the home.
- Keep your home dry and well-ventilated
- Prevent damp air from spreading through the house when showering, bathing or cooking by closing internal doors and opening windows and/or using extractor fans in the bathroom or kitchen
- Don’t dry clothes indoors or store clothes in damp cupboards
- Immediately remedy any damp or condensation issue in your home.
Simple ways to reduce the likelihood of dust allergy in your home. If you require professional help with your house cleaning in Halifax and surrounding area then please contact us at Mrs Mopps on 01422 321217 or Mob: 07914 255822