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22 Top Tips for Reducing Exposure to the Dust Mite

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  • Remove as much clutter as possible as this makes it easier to clean!
  • Encase your mattress, pillows and duvet in dust mite proof barrier cases or use a case on your mattress and dust mite proof pillows and duvets.
  • Always wash your bedding at 60C (or use FabriCleanse, which can be used as low as 30C). This will kill any dust mites and dissolve the faecal pellets.
  • Wash your dust mite proof cases and dust mite proof pillows and duvet 2 to 3 times a year (3-4 times for more severe allergy).
  • Always air your bed out in the morning, fluff up the pillows and fold back the duvet.
  • Open the window to bring in fresh air.
  • Replace carpet with hard flooring if practical, otherwise treat the carpet with FabriCleanse or HomeCleanse.
  • Replace heavy curtains with washable ones or use blinds that can be damp dusted.
  • Damp dust daily.
  • Use the Allergy Sprays in the bedroom and living room, on soft furnishings and in the laundry. This will denature the dust mite allergen.
  • Use the Allergy Sprays on soft toys or place in the freezer for 24hrs.
  • An electric blanket will need to remain on top of the encased mattress. Unplug and spray it once a month (on both sides) with HomeCleanse.
  • Make sure clothes are put away at night as these can harbour dust mites.
  • Never allow pets in your bedroom as they can transport dust mites.
  • Use an air steriliser in the bedroom to eliminate mould and dust mites.
  • Use a weather station to monitor humidity and keep it between 40 and 50%.
  • If humidity is above 50% use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
  • Always open the window after having a shower until all signs of condensation have disappeared.
  • Do not dry laundry on the radiators as this increases the humidity, encouraging dust mites to proliferate.
  • A Dust Mite Bed Cleaner with a UV light can be used to kill the dust mites (and bacteria) on a mattress, on carpets and flat surfaces.
  • Use a good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and regularly vacuum the house.
  • If you are the allergic person, and you have to do the cleaning, wear a mask to protect from the airborne allergen.

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