Dust mite allergens affect millions of people. Many don't even know they are allergic to them.
Dust mites can't be seen but there are millions of them in every home that cause year-round allergies and asthma. They live in your mattresses, pillows, carpets, furniture, bedding, clothing and anywhere else they can feed on dead flakes of human skin. It's almost impossible to kill dust mites but you can reduce the effects of their allergens.
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Dust and Dust Mites
Dust and dust mite-sensitive individuals, especially those with allergies and asthma, can reduce some of their misery by creating a "dust-free" bedroom. Of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is the most important.
Dust may contain molds, fibers, and dander from dogs, cats, and other animals, as well as tiny dust mites. The routine cleaning necessary to maintain a dust-free bedroom also can help reduce exposure to cockroaches, another important causes of asthma in some allergic people.
Most people cannot control dust conditions under which they work or spend their daylight hours. But everyone can, to a large extent, eliminate dust from the bedroom. To create a dust-free bedroom, it is necessary to reduce the number of surfaces on which dust can collect. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases suggest the following:
Carpeting makes dust control impossible. Although shag carpets are the worst type for the dust-sensitive person, all carpets trap dust. Therefore, hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors are preferred. Treating carpets with tannic acid based products such as Allerserach Xmite or ADS Spray eliminates some dust mite allergen, but tannic acid can stain and is not as effective as removing the carpet and must be repeatedly applied.
Keep only one bed in the bedroom. Most important, encase box springs and mattress in a dust mite proof or allergen proof covers. If choosing an encasement that does not use a membrane for protection, look for a fabric with the smallest pore size. Cover the box springs in heavy duty vinyl covers. Scrub bed springs outside the room. If a second bed must be in the room, prepare it in the same manner.
Keep all animals with fur or feathers out of the room. People allergic to dust mites are often allergic to cats, dogs, and other animals.
Use only washable materials on the bed. Sheets, blankets, and other bedclothes should be washed frequently in water that is a least 130ºF (54.4ºC). Lower temperatures will not kill dust mites. If you set your hot water temperature to a lower value (as is commonly done to prevent scalding), wash items at a commercial establishment that uses high wash temperatures. If you launder at home using lower temperatures, use Allersearch Allergen Wash or De-Mite Laundry additive.
Keep furniture and furnishings to a minimum. Avoid upholstered furniture and cloth blinds. A leather, wooden or metal chair that can be scrubbed maybe used in the bedroom. If desired, hang plain, lightweight curtains on the windows. If curtains are hung, treat in the same manner as bed linens or vacuum weekly.
To prepare the room for a dust-sensitive person, clean the room thoroughly and completely once a week. Clean the floors, furniture, tops of doors, window frames, sills, etc. with a damp cloth or mop. Close the doors and windows when finished. Cleaning should be done early in the day to allow time for all dust to settle before the dust sensitive person is ready to occupy the room
Use a high quality HEPA air cleaner 24 hours a day. Run it on its highest setting when cleaning the room.