No one likes to talk or even think about dust mites – they are unseen, nasty creatures! But in order to make sure your home is thoroughly cleansed of the home pests, it’s important to tackle them head on. Let’s talk about what dust mites are, where they live, and most importantly, how to get rid of them!
What are dust mites?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly live in house dust.” In other words, dust mites could be all over your house – including in your carpet, bed and hidden spaces in your home. To make matters worse, the Mayo Clinic also tells us that many allergies are caused by dust mites. That means many of the allergies you may be suffering from are preventable!
Here’s more from the Mayo Clinic about dust mite allergies:
“Signs of dust mite allergy include those common to hay fever, such as sneezing and runny nose. Many people with dust mite allergy also experience signs of asthma, such as wheezing and difficulty breathing.
Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to see without a microscope. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. In most homes, such items as bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting provide an ideal environment for dust mites.
By taking steps to reduce the number of dust mites in your home, you may get control of dust mite allergy. Medications or other treatments are sometimes necessary to relieve symptoms and manage asthma.”
What are dust mites, & how do we get rid of them?
As we said above, dust mites live in dust, and dust collects just about everywhere … but especially in your bed. We don’t know about you, but that creeps us out! Did you know you spend about a third of your life on your mattress? When was the last time you gave your mattress a good, deep clean?
Here’s how to get rid of those icky bugs:
- Vacuum, vacuum and vacuum some more! Every time you change your sheets, freshen up your mattress using a vacuum with an upholstery attachment that has a HEPA filter.
- Pay attention to seams and crevices where dirt, dust, dead skin, and other icky stuff collect (you can switch to your crevice attachment in those tight areas). It will prolong the life of your mattress by sucking up dust bunnies and mites.
- Follow up by using Microban to disinfect and sanitize your mattress.They have a nice citrus scent!
- Wash your pillows! Most pillows can be thrown in the washer. One option is to use the “sanitizing cycle.”
Once the mattress has been treated and sheets, pillows and blankets/comforters have been cleaned, it’s time to make your bed. Oh, what a feeling of a nice, fresh bedding and a deep-cleaned mattress, too!
TLC Home Services can help you get rid of those mites!
TLC Home Services offers mattress and pillow cleaning. Our system has been awarded the British Allergy Foundation Approval, Best Technology Award by the French Consumer Committee, and LOHAS by the Korea Standards Association (2009).
The other advantage to our system is it:
- Kills 99.9% of E. Coli, Staphylococcus and Candida
- Effectively eliminates more than 93.5% of dust mites
- Eliminated 99.9% of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) virus
- Most importantly, you don’t have to do it!
To schedule your mattress/pillow cleaning, call the office for the next available appointment. TLC Home Services is here to keep your home clean and eliminate those terrible allergens.
We are working hard to keep you and your family healthy!