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Pillows

Pillows and mattresses are a breeding ground for dust mites. Protect yourself from this trigger by encasing your pillows and mattresses in washable, allergen-proof, dust mite-proof covers.

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Sheets

Manage dust mites by washing sheets and pillowcases in at least 130 degree Fahrenheit water on a weekly basis.

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Side Tables

Keep bedrooms tidy and clean. The less clutter you have, the less opportunity for dust to collect.

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Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals can hold dust mites! Wash them at least once a month inside a pillowcase to limit wear and tear. Another option is to place them in a freezer inside a sealed plastic bag for 24 hours and then shake the frozen dust mites off before removing from bag.

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Ceiling Fan

Check your ceiling fan for dust and be sure to clean it before use, as the fan sprays dust around the room.

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Bedside Rug

Manage floor dust by using an area rug that doesn’t completely cover the floor or a rug on each side of the bed. Clean rugs regularly and thoroughly clean underneath the bed where dust can accumulate.

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Storage

It may be hard to de-clutter your office, but what cannot be thrown away should be kept in closed cabinets, drawers and bins. Be sure to review files frequently to remove or shred old, unnecessary documents.

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Computer and Electronics

Clean under electronics as dust can accumulate around cords or surge protectors and on other equipment.

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Air Vents

Air vents can be filled with dust mites, pet dander or other matter. Be sure to include vents when cleaning your office. Clean from ceiling to floor to avoid spreading dust around.

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Windows

Open windows to air out your office or consider installing an exhaust fan or air purifier if you don’t have windows.

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Avoid Dust Build-Up

Keep It clean. Don’t forget to remove dust from forgotten places such as behind cabinets, bookshelves, around computer equipment and on piles of books and papers.

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Fabrics

Select smooth fabrics for upholstery so dust has fewer places to hide.

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Cushions

Choose furniture with removable cushions to make them easier to vacuum.

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Flooring

The best flooring solution is to skip the carpeting and rugs completely; however that is typically unrealistic. Area rugs that don’t completely cover your floor are a simple alternative to make cleaning easier.

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Pets

Pet dander is microscopic flecks of skin shed by dogs, cats and other animals. Like dust mites, dander can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. You can do your best to manage potential allergic triggers by removing as much dander as possible. Keep pets off upholstered furniture, and limit their access to carpets or rugs.

Clean areas where your pet spends time as carefully and frequently as possible. Bathe your pet once a week and wash your pet’s bedding in hot water.

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Window Treatments

Minimize use of dust-collecting window treatments.

Be sure to clean or dust window blinds and sills, another place where dust gathers.

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Vacuum

Get a great home vacuum with a HEPA filter and be sure to change the filter per the manufacturing instructions. The true HEPA filter captures up to 99.97% of microscopic airborne particles, such as dust and pet dander.

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