Dust in the house - the worst enemy of any owner. Although it is almost impossible to completely get rid of it, there are several ways to stop its spread and reduce the number.
What is dust and how is it dangerous?
House dust, according to the microbiologist Karen Hall, is a whole collection of various materials: fibers, dust mites and bacteria, mold and mildew spores, pollen, dead skin particles of dogs and cats, other animals and other small microbes.
We constantly hear about dust mites, but since they are invisible to humans, they are very easy to ignore.
Perhaps the information that dust mites belong to the family of arachnids and inhabit domestic mattresses in such quantities that because of them things become harder, will make someone more serious about cleaning.
If this still does not stimulate regular cleaning, then Dr. Karen advises to recall that the cause of dust allergies are not the mites themselves, but their droppings, which provoke asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
Allergist James Sublett claims that the largest accumulation of ticks and their excrement is in the bedrooms and in particular, in the bed, as well as in furniture with heavy covers. All this dust from beds and furniture instantly gets into the air at the slightest movement.
How to deal with dust?
Of course, the best weapon in the fight against dust - regular cleaning and getting rid of unnecessary things. However, do not lose sight of other ways that may come in handy.
Simplify the interior
Modern style in the interior - a great advantage in the fight against dust. Flat, massive surfaces, especially floors, as well as smooth leather furniture minimize the amount of dust in the house - such coatings can only be cleaned regularly.
If you are not a fan of modern style, allergist James Sablet advises at least to abandon the carpet in the bedroom.
Lay the mat in the hallway and in front of the door
In order for street dust to remain at least partially beyond the threshold, there must be mats in front of the door and in the hallway. Antibacterial carpets will delay some microbes that enter the house with outdoor shoes.
Better yet, remove your shoes before entering the house, but this can only be done at the cottage.
Freeze small items
Children's toys or other small dust bags can be put in a plastic bag and left in the refrigerator for about two days. Then let them melt naturally.
Dr. Karen Hall assures that such a procedure will kill all dust mites.
Keep pets out of the bedroom
Unfortunately, dogs and cats are excellent carriers of dirt and dust in the house. Therefore, it is advisable not to let them into the bedroom, and especially on the bed.
You can also think about buying a special nozzle for a vacuum cleaner or a brush for animals that minimizes the amount of wool and does not harm the pet.
We often wash pillow cases and covers, but what about the pillows themselves? If you notice that with time the pillow became harder - congratulations, a whole colony of dust mites settled in it. To avoid such neighbors, you need to clean the pillows or change them at least once every six months.
Do not make the bed
Quite a radical measure, but Dr. Hall claims that a heavy blanket will not allow the mattress to cool down, and a cold temperature is necessary to slow down the reproduction of dust mites.
Protect your mattress
The mattress must be regularly vacuumed to collect dust and other dirt from it. It makes sense to think about buying quality fabric covers with zippers for the mattress and pillows.
Change bed linen once a week
This is an obvious rule, but some forget about it. The temperature of the wash does not have to be high - even the wash cycle in warm water takes care of adult mites.
Close the doors
Dust loves to travel, so it's best not to give her reasons to get into a cupboard or kitchen drawers.
Wipe dust and clean once or twice a week.
Dr. Karen Hall assures that it is impossible to completely get rid of the dust, but cleaning once or twice a week minimizes the amount of dirt in the house.
It is advisable to wear a respirator when cleaning, so as not to inhale all the dust that you have picked up. (Dust settles in 2 hours).
Do not miss hard to reach places.
Monsters under the bed - not a children's fairy tale, but a reality. It is there that ticks live, and if they are not disturbed by a vacuum cleaner, then they will continue to multiply. Do not forget to vacuum the high shelves, the gaps between the cabinets and other hard-to-reach places.
Take care that your vacuum cleaner has enough attachments. When buying a vacuum cleaner, be sure to check if it is equipped with a HEPA filter.
Dampness and high humidity create excellent conditions for the development of mold and dust mites. Therefore, these parameters must be kept under control.
If your apartment is too damp, you should consider buying an air dryer.
Clear the air
Air purifiers also help reduce the amount of dust in a room.
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