When people are affected by allergies and allergens it can really affected their quality of life. Allergies are on the increase and it is estimated that they can affect up to 40% of the population at some time. They can cause inflammation of the eyes and nose (rhinitis), lungs (asthma) and skin (eczema).
One controllable culprit in the battle of allergens is the house dust mite. As most people spend up to 1/3 of their life in bed it could be that their mattress is one of the causes of the problem. As we can pay up to $10,000 for our mattresses we should look after them. Humans are constantly shedding their skin which provides food for the dust mite and the mattress provides a warm and humid environment for dust mites to live. No matter how clean your home is, it is likely that there will be dust mites found here.
It is recommended that mattresses should be cleaned every six months by a professional cleaner. Using an extraction method is the best way because this will reduce allergens. To reduce allergen irritants in between regular cleaning, a professional cleaner can also apply a neutralising spray. This spray neutralises a protein in the dust mite faeces which is what acts as a trigger for allergies. It is not a pesticide.
Our mattresses are contaminated with dust mites, dust mite faeces, dead skin, body oils, sweat stains etc. The average dust mite is 0.5mm in length and is not visible to the naked eye. Over 7000 dust mites can fit on a fingernail. A dust mite moults several times during its life, producing 200 times its weight in waste and will lay 300 eggs. Each mite produces 40 to 100 faeces pellets per day. The mite’s droppings are coated in an enzymatic slimy substance which, after drying, becomes mixed with other particles forming household dust.
You should have an allergen control plan which also involves regular cleaning of your carpets and other upholstery. To control dust mites there are other steps you can take :
- Use of air filter devices in your rooms
- Sheets should be washed every week using hot water
- Pillows should be washed at least 4 times a year unless a dust mite proof cover is being used
- Blankets should be washed on a monthly basis
- Mattresses should be professionally cleaned every 6 months
If you follow these steps you are helping yourself and your family keep allergies and allergens under control.
For more information on mattress and allergy cleaning please see the All Aces Cleaning & Restoration website.