House dust mite allergy sufferers face a constant battle to avoid dust gathering. It collects on surfaces, in beds and in offices. The real irony is that the worse you feel, the more you want to sleep, and where do dust mites love the most? Your bed. It’s like hiding in an English garden to avoid hayfever.
Dusting: How to do it properly
So what measures do you need to take to remove as much dust as possible? You’ve installed your laminate floors instead if carpets, you’ve removed excess chairs and cushions, but as sure as night follows day dust will still gather. How do you keep it at bay?
First if all you need to be dedicated. Don’t give your room the once over and forget about it for a month, you need to give it a blitz every week if possible. Think of it this way: For every ounce of dust you remove that’s a box of anti-histamines you can save money on.
Secondly, but equally as important, you need to use the right dusting equipment. I personally use a face mask, the cloth type you can find in DIY stores, as you’re going to disturb a hell of a lot of dust as you work.
Then you need a duster. You know when you think of someone dusting you imagine a french maid with a long, feather duster merrily sweeping dust from an antique bookcase. NEVER do that! Your goal is to remove dust, not to just sweep it around where it will remain airborne.
One great technique is to wet-dust. Get yourself a cloth and bowl of water and go around your floor, windowsill and surfaces literally sweeping up any dust and dirt. Then you can rinse out your cloth in the bowl. Pretty quickly you’ll have a murky, brown looking liquid, but this is a good sign! Just think of all that dust you’ve collected that would otherwise still be in your room, causing misery.
Another option, where you can’t use water, is to buy a microfibre cloth. This clever material contains hundreds of tiny fibres which attract and lock in dust, acting similarly to the wet cloth. You can get them for next to nothing on Amazon.
Even if you use a quality, HEPA filtered vaccuum dustung is still essential. There will be gaps and hidung places for house duat mite that your vaccuum cleaner cannot reach.
Check every nook and cranny in your room. One place I’ve found that’s often missed is lampshades, which are often directly above your face at night, merrily swaying in the breeze and dispersing dust for you to breathe.
Another place is skirting boards, and even walls themselves. A huge amount of dust collects on walls, but is invisible to the naked eye. Get your wet cloth out, and sweep those horrible mites up. You’ll be amazed at how much you collect.
As with anything, dedicated is the key, but once you start to notice your symptoms reducing you’ll find the motivation to dust properly and regularly. It’s the best thing you can do in the fight against house dust mite.