Where do dust mites hide?
For someone with dust mite allergies, knowing all the places where dust could be hiding becomes a part of life. However, if you’re someone who recently found out about a dust mite allergy (or, unfortunately, developed one) you might be unaware of where those sneaky dust mites hide. If you read our last blog, we discuss where dust comes from, what dust is made of, and why dust mites live there. This blog will expose where dust and dust mites hide, exacerbating even the mildest of dust mite allergies.
Ceiling Fans, HVAC Filters & Ducts
The first time I noticed that my ceiling fan was accumulating dust was two years after moving into my apartment. Yes. Two years. It’s a place where dust accumulates, aggressively, but perhaps we forget about it because it’s above us. Ceiling fan blades should be cleared of dust the moment you notice dust starting to accumulate there. Otherwise, when you use your ceiling fan, it will just fling the dust around into the air for you to breathe.
While you’re focused on cleaning all the ceiling fan blades, make sure to clean your vents, ducts, and air filters too. All of these places should be consistently cleaned, so why not do it all together? The Dust Bender can make cleaning these areas a breeze. All you have to do is set a time for cleaning, attach your Dust Bender to your vacuum, and blast the dust away from these areas for good (well, for now).
Fabrics are breeding grounds for dust mites and they accumulate dust rapidly. However, we can’t always see the dust as most fabrics are disturbed or touched frequently. The Dust Bender can easily clean fabrics, such as couches and pillows, however you will want to take your other fabrics and wash them in hot water to kill the dust mites. Things like clothes, blankets, bedding, pet bedding, stuffed animals, and curtains will need to be washed to clean them effectively.
Carpets & Rugs
Carpets and rugs need to be vacuumed frequently as they accumulate dirt, debris, dust, and more. You should aim to vacuum these areas at least once per week while scheduling a professional cleaning for them at least once every six months. Vacuuming these areas will remove most of the dirt, debris, and dust from the surface. However, carpets and rugs are thick and deep, so dirt, debris, and dust can penetrate deep into the fabric even if you do vacuum once a week. Hot water cleanings will lift and kill the remaining nuisances.
Lamps & Lamp Shades
The bases of lamps and their shades accumulate dust just like any other area in the house, however they are often forgotten about. Most lamp shades hide dust pretty well. They either become dingy or lighter/darker in color as dust accumulates on them, but we don’t usually pay enough attention to see it. You can use a Dust Bender to lift the dust off lamps, lamp bases, and lamp shades easily.
People collect all kinds of things. From action figures, to snow globes, to seashells, to movies or books, we love collecting the things we love. When a collection gets big enough, it can become cumbersome to clean and move these collections for cleanings. The Dust Bender makes cleaning these areas super easy because you don’t have to move a thing! All the collectibles can stay in place while the Dust Bender blasts them and around them to remove the dust.
Keyboards & Remotes
We all know what disgusting things hide in our keyboards, but not many of us think about our remotes. Like keyboards, remotes can hide dust underneath their buttons. The Dust Bender is perfect for these types of cleanings because you don’t have to take anything apart to get it clean. You just blast the keyboard or remote and your vacuum removes what comes out.
Baseboards & Moldings
Like ceiling fans, baseboards and molding can be easily forgotten. Baseboards can accumulate dust just as much as any other surface. These areas can be cleaned with Dust Bender or a damp rag and bleach water. Moldings, however, are a perfect place to use the Dust Bender. For those tiny crevices where dust hides, the Dust Bender brings them out and gets rid of them. You likely won’t be able to fit a rag or duster in these tiny places.
Doorframes & Cabinets
Things that are out of sight really are out of mind, aren’t they? The tops of doorframes and cabinets are no exception. Most people never wipe down these areas and dust just continues to accumulate. Since it might be hard to reach your vacuum hose to these areas comfortably, wiping them down with a rag and bleach water may be the easiest method.
The tiny space between where your fridge and the wall meet is a breeding ground for dust. Also, the space between the counters and the stove, or the wall and the coffee maker, or maybe even perhaps in the tiny spaces where your microwave sits. Between your appliances is a great place to utilize the Dust Bender. You won’t have to move anything, and you can rid the area of dust!
Remembering to clean underneath furniture can be hard sometimes. We just assume that because our furniture is there, that dust won’t accumulate underneath it. We assume that the furniture acts as a barrier between the dust and the floor, collecting all the dust that would fall into that space. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Dust can still accumulate, a lot, underneath furniture. So, when you’re vacuuming or sweeping, be sure to move the furniture around every once and while to get underneath it.