It is particularly important now to protect yourself from house dust so as not to put unnecessary strain on the lungs.
Now we finally have time to get our apartment in good shape. Sorting things out, tidying up and cleaning the last corner again. Because of the “forgotten corners” there are many even with regular cleaning. At the moment it is particularly important to pay attention to household hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria and to feel good all around. Because allergy sufferers, in particular, are now not only struggling with hay fever but also with house dust, which is accumulating quite quickly because we spend so much time at home.
In times of COVID-19, a lung disease, it is all the more important not to put additional strain on the lungs due to external influences. Microbiologists and Dyson dust experts know what to watch out for now.
Vacuum the mattress
Vacuum mattresses regularly to remove dust mite allergens and dander. Vacuum both sides of the mattress with a vacuum cleaner with a filter to prevent allergens from getting back into the room through the exhaust air.
Wash bed linen
Wash duvets and pillows to reduce the amount of dust mite allergens and dander in your bed. Wash your bed linen at 60 or 90 degrees (note cleaning instructions!). This helps to reduce the number of allergens. You can easily put the pillow and blanket in the washing machine. Some devices even have their bedding program.
Vacuum hard-to-reach surfaces
Remove dust from the surfaces of your kitchen cabinets. This is an often-overlooked place where dust accumulates that can be pushed back into the kitchen by moving air. When dusting, use either a clean, damp cleaning cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a filter system that collects the dust. A vacuum cleaner with various attachments is ideal for the dust in your entire home.
Only vacuum after dusting
First, vacuum the floor and then wipe the surfaces with a feather duster? Rather the other way around. Because when dusting, the dust is whirled up and falls back to the ground. So only vacuum your apartment after dusting. In this way, the dust that has been whirled up and sunk to the floor is removed and not redistributed through movement in the house.
Admittedly, this is a bit exhausting, but it is worth pushing even large pieces of furniture to one side to vacuum behind and underneath. Because even if the dust “hides” behind it and simply stays there, it gets into the breathing air unnoticed.
Sofa and chairs
Be honest: how often do you vacuum your sofa properly? And by that we mean: remove the seat cushion and also suck in the cracks. This can hide not only large residues but also house dust mites, skin flakes and other allergens such as pollen and food allergens. Also, wash all covers and pillows regularly to reduce the amount of dust.
Curtains and blinds
Curtains and blinds are also real dust catchers that should be vacuumed and washed regularly. Because curtains collect dust not only on the floor but also on the entire remaining fabric. To get between the strips of the blinds, special dust wipers with a holding rod are suitable.
That’s no joke! Remove dust from the walls by dusting them with a damp cloth or with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner. Because dust on certain wall types can contribute to the growth of mold. Especially when the room is damp and not well ventilated.
Deep cleaning in the kitchen
Clear out kitchen drawers and cupboards for deep cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner with filtering to remove dust and dirt. Then you should clean the compartments with warm water and detergent.
Don’t forget lamps
Dust off lamps and lights. Much dust can accumulate in lampshades and lighting fixtures, which burns on hot lightbulbs and generates gases and smells or can be moved around the lamps by warm air in the room.
The rear of the fridge and freezer
Find a second hand that will help you push the fridge off the wall. Vacuum on the back and under the fridge and freezer. If possible, even the cooling element on the back where a lot of dust collects. Incidentally, this also improves the performance of the refrigerator.
Behind the radiators
Don’t worry, you don’t have to remove the entire radiator to wipe dust behind it. Use a dust wiper with a flexible holding rod and use it to go behind the heater to remove the dust. The warm heating air keeps whirling upwards and settling on the surfaces (and the lungs).