Does The Way You Clean Affect Your Child's Allergies?
In the UK, an estimated 1 in 5 children have hay fever, 1 in 3 suffer with asthma and 1 in 6 have eczema.
All of these can be made worse by dust mites. Try not to be grossed out but house dust mites are tiny creatures, about a quarter of a millimetre long that live on human skin scales.
Mites can be found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing. In people allergic to dust mites, it’s not usually the mite that’s the problem – it’s the proteins in their droppings which cause the allergy.
Each mite produces about 20 of these waste droppings every day and the droppings continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite has died.
Hay fever - the allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat is exacerbated by dust mites.
Allergy UK has these tips when living with allergies:
- Vacuum daily but do not have children in the room at the time
- Allow time (at least 3 - 4 hours) for dust to settle before letting children back into the room
- Choose a cot/bed where the vacuum cleaner can go underneath
- If you have wooden flooring and mats, use cotton rugs which can be washed
- Vacuum hard floors regularly with a high-filtration vacuum cleaner with filters capable of retaining a high proportion of the smallest particles (HEPA filter, S-class filter or similar).
Allergy UK has a list of suggested vacuum cleaners one of which are the Dyson cleaners. You’ve probably heard the name James Dyson (engineer and entrepreneur extraordinaire) and you may have used the hand dryers in public restrooms.
When it comes to allergens, James Dyson says: “Dyson machines are engineered to capture allergens, helping you control your home environment. Our scientists and engineers have been researching ways to beat allergens for more than 15 years. Dust, pollen, pollutants and other microscopic particles don’t stand a chance against our air purifiers and vacuum cleaners.”
Their new range of cord-free vacuum cleaners make cleaning easy - they clean the floor (in an Allergy UK approved way) and can quickly transform between handheld and stick modes to clean down low, up high and everywhere in-between with twice the suction of any other stick vacuum. You can use it to remove dirt, dust and other allergens from carpets, hard floors, upholstery, surfaces, mattresses, car seats, high shelves and ledges.
We recently visited the Dyson concept store on London’s Oxford Street where we had a great time throwing rice, cheerios and lentils on the floor and using various Dyson vacuum cleaners to clean them up. We are easily entertained.
Star of our show was the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute. Its direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt and pet hair from carpets, while a soft roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust from hard floors simultaneously. Three power modes mean you can choose the right amount of suction from the job at hand so it can suit pretty much any task on pretty much any floor type.
You can use it to remove dirt from all over the home. The mini motorised tool removes hair (pet and human) and ground-in dirt from tight spaces, the stairs, in the car and furniture. IDyson cord free vacuum cleaners get into places other vacuum cleaners can’t reach – when was the last time you cleaned underneath your dressers and wardrobes?
Dyson V10 vacuums have no cord so there’s nothing to unravel, plug in, drag around or restrict your reach. Equipped with a docking and charging station, you can grab and clean whenever you need to.
The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum includes a variety of tools (including the the direct-drive cleaner head, the soft roller cleaner head and the quick release mini motor head tool). It has an of RRP 449.99 and includes a 2-year hassle-free warranty on parts and labour.