Dust mites are found in homes around the world and can multiply from 1 to 1,000,000 in a matter of weeks. Does this mean that there is nothing you can do to keep these unwanted guests from your mattresses, bedding, carpets, furniture and more? Absolutely not! Follow these tips for a home with fewer dust mites – and allergy symptoms.
Humidity, temperature and light exposure are key.
Low temperatures, humidity and light levels are the enemies of dust mites. Keep your environment as cool, dry and bright as possible to avoid infestations.
- Aerate bedrooms for at least 10 minutes per day, particularly when it’s cold and dry outside
- Close bathroom doors and do not dry laundry in bedrooms to keep humidity levels in bedrooms down. Humidity levels should ideally not exceed 60%
- Maintain an indoor temperature of 18-19 degrees Celsius
- Pull back the duvet and expose the bed to light during the day
Foster a mite-unfriendly environment
In addition to temperature, humidity and light, there are other things you can do to make your house unappealing to these little allergen-making arachnids.
- Change bedding every week
- Wash bedding at 60 degrees Celsius
- Select an open-slat bed base rather than a box spring
- Vacuum your home using a vacuum cleaner with a certified HEPA filter
- Replace mattresses that are too old (more than 10 years old)
- Avoid unnecessary textiles in the bedroom: carpets, stuffed animals, armchairs...
And finally, the most effective way to lower the dust mite count in your home is to treat dust mite hot spots: mattresses, settees, sofas, armchairs, soft toys, pillows, carpets and rugs with ExAller.
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