How to Minimize Allergies in Your House
If you have a dust mite allergy, pay careful attention to dust-proofing your bedroom. The worst things to have in the bedroom are:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Down-filled blankets
- Feather pillows
- Stuffed animals
- Heating vents with forced hot air
- Dogs and cats
- Closets full of clothing.
Carpets trap dust and make dust control impossible. Other factors to consider are:
- Shag carpets are the worst type of carpet for people who are sensitive to dust mites.
- Vacuuming doesn't get rid of dust mite proteins in furniture and carpeting. Unless the vacuum has a special HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, vacuuming will redistribute dust mites back into the room.
- Rugs on concrete floors encourage dust mite growth.
If possible, replace wall-to-wall carpet with washable throw rugs over hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors, and wash rugs frequently.
Reducing the amount of dust mites in your home may also mean new cleaning techniques, as well as some changes in furnishings to eliminate dust collectors. Water is often the secret to effective dust removal. Other recommendations include:
- Clean washable items (including throw rugs) often, using water hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures will not kill dust mites.
- Clean washable items at a commercial establishment that uses high water temperature, if you cannot or do not want to set water temperature in your home at 130 degrees (there is a danger of getting scalded if the water is more than 120 degrees).
- Dust frequently with a damp cloth or oiled mop.