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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites in a Room
There are several things you can do to remove dust mites for you to breathe and feel better. Again, you are not going to remove 100% of them but can significantly reduce the numbers to feel better.
1. I mentioned earlier that dust mites need a water source. With the use of a dehumidifier or air conditioner keep the relative humidity below 50%. This is relevant to the summer months of if you live in a warmer climate.
2. Dust mites also need a food source so try to get rid of their food sources or places where they can thrive. A good example is to remove carpeting and replace with a hard floor. It’s also important to keep things clean. But, this presents a problem. When you vacuum you tend to kick up the dust mites which then stay suspended in the air. So, in cleaning you expose yourself to the very things are you trying to stay away from. A HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner can help although from our testing we have shown these to be only minimally effective. Wearing a mask or getting someone else that does not suffer from dust allergies to vacuum for you is better. Yes, an excuse to get out of vacuuming. If you have a family member that suffers from dust allergies, it’s best for them to be away from the room being cleaned.
3. Use a HEPA air purifier for dust removal. You need a high quality HEPA filter with sufficient air flow to effectively clean your room so you are not breathing in the dust mites and whatnot.
4. Cover your pillows and mattress in an allergen cover. Wash all bedding and blankets atleast weekly in hot water to kill the dust mites. Yes, these are living organisms and can be better controlled with frequent washing.
5. When dusting, use a damp cloth. Dusting with a dry cloth just sends the dreaded dust and dust mite allergens into the air.