Vacuum Your Way to a Healthy Home

A healthy home begins at the ground level. Clean carpets and shiny floors do more than just make your home look good: they actually make your home healthier. Dust, allergens, and pollutants build up on your floors leading to allergies, asthma, and even fatigue. In fact, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America says that the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma is linked to Dust Mites that live in carpets, bedding, and stuffed toys. That’s why keeping your floors clean is a key factor for a healthy life!

What is a Dust Mite?

Mites are microscopic bugs that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. A dust mite is about one quarter to one third of a millimeter large. They can be seen only under a microscope where they appear as white, eight-legged bugs.

It takes anywhere from two to five weeks for an adult mite to develop from an egg. Adults may live for two to four months with a female Mite laying as many as 100 eggs in her lifetime.

Where are Dust Mites Found?

Dust mites are usually found in the bedroom more than any other area of your home, simply because this is where your carpet and bedding is found. However, any area where carpets and rugs are found (like the living room and en) is a breeding ground for Mites. Dust Mites feed primarily on the tiny flakes of human skin that people normally shed each day (gross, isn’t it?). An average adult individual may shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day, an amount that can feed one million dust mites! These flakes of skin work their way deep into the inner layers of furniture, carpets, and bedding where they become a buffet for mites!

What is a Dust Mite Allergy?

While household dust may contain tiny fibers shed from different fabrics, as well as particles of food, mold and fungus spores, or dander from pets,  the majority of dust is made up of human skin cells. Because of this, dust also contains many microscopic mites and their waste products. It’s this waste that many individuals are allergic to (gross again). Throughout its short life, a single dust mite may produce as much as 200 times its body weight in waste.

How to Keep Your Home Freer from Dust Mites

  • Keeping your home free of dust as much as possible is a simple solution to cutting down on allergens. Dust all furniture, but don’t forget what’s right underneath you: the carpet! Thoroughly vacuuming your carpets will keep those Dust Mites at bay!
  • Use microfiltration vacuum bags in your vacuum cleaner. This keeps what’s sucked up into the vacuum in the bag and keeps it from spreading unseen in the air.
  • Cover your mattress and pillows with a dust-proof cover. Plastic, vinyl, or allergen impermeable covers can be found online and in stores everywhere.
  • Wash your sheets, blankets, and comforters every week in hot water

For more tips on how to keep your home free from Dust Mites, click here. But a good rule to remember to keep your allergies at bay is to wash your sheets & vacuum weekly!

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