Types & Tips
Dust is a common indoor allergen. Dust that collects naturally in every area in a typical home can also hide dust mites. These microscopic creatures live off dead skin cells, thus they are naturally drawn to things that have an abundance of these. So expect them hiding in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpets.
The next time you clean around the house, wear a dust mask and gloves, wipe with a damp sponge or mop, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag that might help prevent allergy flare-ups.
Check the label
Choose pillows, mattresses and furniture labeled “hypoallergenic.” Hypoallergenic materials will help reduce exposure to allergens and possible contaminants that may have found their way into your belongings.
Dust to dust
Use dust-proof covers on mattresses, box springs and pillows to minimize dust and dust mites.
Take it out
Remove wall-to-wall carpets from the bedroom if possible. This not only removes potential indoor allergens but makes home maintenance more practical and efficient.
Have your air-conditioning units inspected and serviced every six months or when you notice a dip in cooling performance. This might mean that filters are clogged with dust and need to be cleaned.