Monday, March 28, 2011

How To Keep Your House Moisture- and Mite-Free

My husband is asthmatic. It usually attacks during the cold days and if a room is so stuffy and well, dusty. When he went to the lung specialist last week for a check up, it was found out that his asthma is due to an allergic reaction to house dust mites and cats. It's a kind of a relief for us because that means that it can still be cured and one needs only to take precautionary measures to prevent it from coming. Hubby needs to take his spray regularly to prevent the attacks. Of course, it also means keeping the house moisture-free and mite-free as much as possible. How?

First, one needs to keep all areas of the house moisture-free, that would include the basement moisture although we don't need to worry about it so much because our building basement is five floors below us. Airing the room to let fresh air in and old air out for fifteen minutes will help to keep a room moisture-free.

Regular vacuum cleaning is also helpful. At least once a week vacuum cleaning is recommended. Air your bed and turn it once every three months. The bed is the most favorite breeding ground of house dust mites you know.

Wash and dry your beddings at hot cycles regularly. Dust mites are heat sensitive and exposing them to temperatures over 60°C for an hour proves to be fatal.

If you can help it, it is best to have a carpet-free house as it is faster and more efficient to clean and vacuum flat surfaces. But if you have a carpet at home, be sure that it is regularly vacuumed and that it is dry. You can hang it out in the sun and air it regularly too. 
Remember, PREVENTION is always BETTER than cure. A clean living environment also helps promote a relaxed and good mood.

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