Dust & Allergens
House cleaning services are needed to regularly contain dust and allergens in your home in Ottawa. However, if you wish to take care of the problem yourself, here are a few tips to consider:
Certain allergies are most easily recognized by symptoms such as itchiness, irritated eyes, skin rash and breathing difficulties. These type of allergies can often be caused by “house dust”.
What is House Dust? Do I need House Cleaning Services?
It is a combination of very fine particles, so small that they are easily airborne. It may contain fibers from different types of fabrics, cotton lint, feathers, and other stuffing materials, , bacteria, mold and fungus spores (especially in damp areas), food particles, bits of plants and insects.
Discarded human skin cells, dander from cats, dogs, and other animals often make an amazing amount of the dust inside homes. This is why bedrooms seem particularly dusty.
A discarded skin cell is organic and full of nutrients. Ever notice how dust starts off light in colour, then goes grey and eventually black? This is the skin cell decomposing. A loose skin cell is the perfect platform for many types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Dust mites love old skin cells. Many allergies are caused when the feces from mites (that’s right! … bug poop!) invade our breathing passages. For an increasing number of people, our overworked immune systems just cannot cope with millions of these invaders.
The solution is simple. Remove the dust on a regular basis. And, if the task is a big one, we recommend that you contact our house cleaning services specialists in Ottawa today.
Below is an article reprinted from the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Dust Mites in the Home
What are dust mites? Dust mites are tiny bugs that live in your house. They measure about 1/100th of an inch in length, which is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. They are a major cause of allergies and asthma. When some children are exposed to dust mites, their asthma symptoms appear for the first time. If children already have asthma, dust mites can make them wheeze more and need more asthma medicine. So, cutting down the number of dust mites in the home is an important step if your child has allergies or asthma. Dust mites love warm, humid areas filled with dust. Bed pillows, mattresses, carpets and furniture are great places for them to live. Cleaning each one of these places can make a real difference in the number of dust mites in your house.
What do I do first?
Start in the bedroom. Most of the dust mites in your house live in your mattress. Put an airtight plastic or polyurethane cover over your mattress. Wash your sheets and blankets in very hot water every week. Wash your pillow every week or put a plastic cover on it. (The pillowcase goes over the plastic cover.)
The water used to wash your sheets and blankets should be 130°F. This temperature is higher than you may want for your water heater, because water over 120°F can burn children if they turn on the hot water by themselves. If you don’t want to set your water heater at this temperature, you can wash your sheets and blankets at commercial laundries.
Your bedroom should have a hardwood, tile or linoleum floor instead of carpet. Dust mites can grow rapidly in carpet. If you must use carpet, try not to place it on concrete because the warm space between a rug and concrete is a good place for mites to live.
I don’t want to rip out my carpet. Is there anything I can do to treat it?
You can spray the rug with a solution of 3% tannic acid every 2 months to kill the dust mites. Ask your doctor if this solution will be helpful. If your doctor tells you to use this solution, he or she can tell you how to get it and apply it.
What else can I do?
Vacuuming your carpets and upholstery every week can help. Vacuums with high-efficiency filters pick up more dust mites, but even standard vacuums work well enough. Plastic or wood furniture that doesn’t have much padding can also help keep down the number of dust mites in your home. Because dust mites love warm, humid places, keeping the humidity low by using a dehumidifier and running your air conditioner makes a difference. Special air filters can help reduce dust mites in the air. Or, you can contact our house cleaning services specialists in Ottawa today!
How to tackle your major cleaning job
Home Cleaning Services Ottawa | It’s Major Cleaning Time!
For many people, the tasks seem daunting, perhaps even overwhelming. You could need the help of our professional house cleaning services in Ottawa.
Here are some tips that will help make the job easier, from the Oldest and Largest house cleaners Ottawa service with over 2,000,000 hours of experience:
STEP 1. HAVE ALL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT READY
CHECKLIST OF EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES:
- VACUUM WITH POWER HEAD AND ATTACHMENTS
- VACUUM BAGS
- MOP (MICRO FIBRE PREFERABLY)
- DUST PAN
- TOILET BRUSH
- STEP STOOL
- HANDLED DUSTER
- MICRO FIBRE CLOTHS
- GENERAL PURPOSE CLEANER
- GLASS CLEANER
- TILE AND PORCELAIN CLEANER
- PAPER TOWEL
- S.O.S. OR SCRUBBIE PADS
- WOOD CARE PRODUCTS (YOUR CHOICE)
- OVEN CLEANER
- GARBAGE BAGS
- WHITE VINEGAR
- SEVERAL 2 CUBIC FOOT PACKING BOXES
- CLOTHES HAMPERS
- LARGE “YARD” VINYL TRASH BAGS
STEP 2. TURN OFF FURNACE FANS
Major cleaning will stir up dust. You do not want the furnace moving it around the house. This is a good time to replace / clean your furnace filters.
STEP 3. DO ONE ROOM / AREA AT A TIME
Start up high and work your way down through the house. Dust and dirt falls. Don’t start cleaning until you do step 4.
STEP 4. PICK UP, SORT OUT, THROW AWAY
Once you have decided on the first room to clean, follow this step carefully.
You cannot clean around clutter and extra “stuff”.
Begin by removing everything from the room except large furniture.
As each item comes out, decide its fate:
Throw away items should be bagged or boxed for garbage, recycling or charity and placed to go out.
Items that are for returning back into that room can be placed into laundry hampers.
You will clean these items after the room is cleaned – as you place them back in.
Items that you are not sure what to do with, are to be placed in the 2 cube boxes. Seal the boxes, label the contents on the side, and stack them for storage in an appropriate area (garage; basement; storage locker).
STEP 5. FOLLOW A SYSTEM TO CLEAN THE ROOM
With all the stuff out, you are ready to clean the room.
Start up high.
Move around the room in one direction.
Use the dusting tool on the vacuum to get at cobwebs.
Always clean floors last. And, when in doubt, contact an Ottawa house cleaning services representative today.