Dust Away Your Allergies
Dust is a general name for minute solid particles with diameters less than 500 micrometers occurring from various sources; soil, human skin, etc.
Although it does come from domestic pets such as dogs, cats, and birds; in homes, offices, and other human environments it is mainly generated by skin cells sloughing off humans.
Some may also migrate from the outside air quality into the home.
Insects and other small fauna found in "house dust" have their own subtle interactions that may have adverse impact on the health of its regular occupants.
In colder climates, it is essential to manage cleanliness and airflow, since the climate encourages occupants to seal even the smallest air gaps, eliminating any possibility of fresh air entering.
Thus in many climates it is wise to keep ventilation going through a house by keeping doors and windows open or at least slightly ajar.
It will also accumulate more easily in newly constructed homes because of airtight building methods and materials used minimizing air circulation while older homes naturally self-ventilate.
Mites are on all surfaces and even suspended in the air. They feed on minute particles of organic matter, the main constituent of "house dust".
They excrete enzymes to digest the particles; these enzymes and their feces become part of the
provoking allergic reactions in humans.
Mites flourish in the fibers of bedding, furniture, and carpets.
The particles can easily become airborne, so care must be taken when cleaning, as the activity intended to sanitize or remove may make it spread throughout the air.
Believe it or not, there are some keys to getting the job done:
- Clean furniture, table tops, widow sills, etc. first when tackling your house work.
- Clean from high to low. Allow what you have kicked up from the top of an armoire, for example, have plenty of time to settle before you attack the floor.
- Use a micro fiber cloth and a vacuum. Feather cleaners and rags often just blow lint and dirt around.
- Use a vacuum cleaner with brush attachment.
- Dry to wet. Wipe before you disinfect-especially in the bathroom.
- Clean regularly surfaces the same height as a table, such as sideboards, bookshelves, window shelves, windowsills, etc.
- Clean when needed upholstered furniture, beds, and window coverings.
- Keep HVAC return filters changed and clean.
- Keep refrigerator condensers free of lint.
Dust accumulates rapidly and easily, providing an optimal breeding ground for house mites. By Spending just a little bit of time and care you can effectively rid yourself of this allergen.
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