Sanitising Carpets,Upholstery and Mattresses
Allergens that make their way into the carpet include
Cleaning and sanitising are usually two separate processes and effective cleaning must occur prior to sanitising as sanitisers may not work as effectively if the first stage of deep cleaning has not been done correctly.
House dust mites are microscope bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and pets. Dust mites are generally harmless to most people. They don't carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.
Regular steam cleaning of your upholstery, mattress and carpets is needed at least every 3 - 6 months.
Other areas to consider cleaning if allergies from dust mites are an issue in your home
The first room to tackle is the bedroom and in particular the bedding, where we spend the greatest number of consecutive hours. A combination of the following 4 measures is recommended:
Wash sheets, pillow cases and other bedding weekly in hot water (>60̊C). This will kill dust mites and wash away the allergen they produce. If you cannot wash in hot water, use a commercial product containing tea tree or eucalyptus oils, formulated to kill dust mites in cold water. If washing normally, hot tumble drying of washed items for 10 minutes after they are dry, will kill dust mites. Dry cleaning is not as effective as it will kill house dust mites but won't remove the allergen they produce.
Cover mattress, pillow and quilt with dust mite resistant covers. Some health funds may provide a rebate for the purchase of these items. The covers must be washed every 2 months. If covers are not available, wash blankets and non-encased washable doonas every 3 months in hot water.
Remove sheepskins or woollen underlays from the bed and bedroom.
Remove all soft toys from the bed and bedroom. Replace them with wooden or plastic toys which can be washed. If keeping soft toys, wash them in eucalyptus oil weekly or place in the freezer overnight). Freezing soft toys overnight kills mites but does not remove the allergen.
The following advice can apply to bedrooms as well as other rooms in the house:
Damp dust or use electrostatic cloths to clean hard surfaces (including hard floors) weekly.
Vacuum carpets weekly. However, vacuuming increases the amount of house dust mite allergen in the air for up to 20 minutes. So if possible, ask someone else to do the vacuuming and wait 20 minutes before re-entering the room. High efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum cleaners may remove more allergen than other vacuum cleaners, however, they still temporarily increase the amount of dust mite allergen in the air.
Reduce humidity – Where possible, have a dry and well ventilated house and adequate floor and wall insulation. Avoid using evaporative coolers (water cooled air conditioners) and unflued gas heaters, as these both release water into the air and can increase indoor dust mite and mould levels.
Windows - Venetian blinds or flat blinds are easier to clean than heavy curtains. Other options include washable curtains or external shutters.
Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers. Exposure to pets at home or work can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Cats and dogs are a major source of allergens in the home environment. The allergens come from the sweat glands in all cats and salivary glands in all dogs. Although the amount of allergen released can vary between breeds, there are no hypoallergenic animals or breeds.
As allergens are stuck to the hair and skin of pets, the allergens become airborne when the pet sheds their hair. The allergens can remain airborne for some time. Cat allergen is especially difficult to remove from houses. It can remain in the house for months after the cat has been removed. Cat allergen can also be found in places where cats have never lived. For example, it can be carried around on clothing to schools and offices.
The most effective method of allergen avoidance for people who are allergic to pets is removal of the pets from the home. For example, if there is no doubt that cat or other animal allergen is a major cause of symptoms then the best advice is for the animal to be removed from the home. It can be an emotional decision, but removing the pet should be considered.
If pets cause only minor problems, keeping pets out of bedrooms and living areas may be a compromise. Even then, it may take months after pet removal before allergen levels are reduced. The effectiveness of some measures such as washing animals frequently and using HEPA air filters remains uncertain.
If a family member in your home sufferes from alleries caused by dust mites simply send us a list of areas you would like us to clean and will taylor a cleaning package to accommodate your needs
vacuum cleaners with rotating brushes in the head removed more dirt and allergen from the carpets than those without. Recommended at least twice a week.
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