Studies show that four out of five homes have dust mites in their beds. Sure, they don’t bite, burrow, or sting our skins. However, they tend to spread allergies through their body fragments and droppings. You could easily contract eczema or get severe itchy skin.
Dust mites live and feed off your dead skin (or that of your pet) to survive. And in no time, you’ll have millions of them in your pillows, carpets, and beds.
If you have an infestation in your home, here are some tips on how to get rid of dust mites.
1. Wash and Dust Regularly
First, spot all the areas prone to dust in the home. Wipe those areas with a damp cloth and ensure to clean and vacuum every day. Don’t use a feather duster as this will spread dust particles to other areas of a room.
Use a steam cleaner to clean cushions, carpets, curtains, hard-to-reach spots, and bathroom/kitchen surfaces. Once you’re done steaming, use a vacuum to suck out all the debris. Additionally, spray some eucalyptus and tea tree oil on your furniture, bed, and pillows to prevent another infestation.
With heat set at 93 to 121 degrees, use your washer to clean your clothes and beddings. This will not only kill the insects but will also help you to eliminate mold spores and any other bacteria.
2. Monitor Temperature and Humidity in Your Home
A natural way of getting rid of dust mites is maintaining proper ventilation in your home. Dust mites can’t stand very high or low temperatures. You can put all non-washable items in polythene bags and freeze them for about 24 hours. This will kill all the dust mites, but it may not remove the allergens.
Dust mites prefer humidity levels that range between 70 and 80 percent. It’s recommendable to always maintain a humidity level below 50%. You can invest in a home humidifier and a hygrometer to help you maintain the humidity levels.
3. Switch to Hard Wood Flooring
Carpets, beddings, and soft furnishings are conducive breeding grounds for dust mites.
On the other hand, hardwood flooring like tiles, linoleum, and laminate not only eliminate dust mites habitats but also reduces cleaning hassles.
4. Keep Pets Out of the Bedrooms
Pets can also get dust mite allergies. Ensure to wash and groom your pet at least once a week to prevent any severe itching. In addition, try to keep them away from the bedroom, and if possible the bed.
Instead, create space where your pet can sleep and eat and ensure to vacuum and clean the beddings frequently.
How to Get Rid Of Dust Mites
Now that you know how to get rid of dust mites, you can easily make your home cleaner, healthier, and more habitable for your family and pets.
With reliable and professional house cleaning services, you can secure a clean place for everybody. If that’s what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us at Golden Maid.