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Hygiene and Allergies: Protect Your Home

Published date: 19 November 2012 |
Published by: Reporter
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With recent research showing that dust mite growth is on the rise, now is better than ever to ensure that all aspects of your home cleaning regime is up to scratch

Germ exposure is something that we associate with external sources, wrongly assuming that it poses a lesser risk within our homes. According to the NHS, however, infectious diseases are now being spread due to people becoming complacent about hygiene in the home.  This complacency tends to be a result of the advances in vaccination and antibiotic treatment that have made us more relaxed when it comes to certain aspects of our daily cleaning regimes.  

Unmaintained floors are a major culprit in the build-up of dust and dirt in our home, and regular floor cleaning is something that we should all be taking seriously in order to combat the spread of infections and bugs. 


Using a steam mop is a great way to clean, in particular the hard floors in your kitchen and bathroom; neglected carpets however can also pose a great risk to your health.   Homes that are not vacuumed thoroughly are prone to dangerous allergens that can trigger allergies as well as aggravate existing ones.  In the UK the most common allergens are: house dust mites; pet allergens from the hair of cats and dogs; and moulds.  Allergens that come from external sources such as pollen particles and animal hair, can invade the home through the air especially during the summer when doors and windows are left open more often.  It then settles on soft and hard surfaces around the house which means that to whatever degree you clean, no home is unaffected. 


Recent research has revealed that there has been a rise in the growth of dust mites due to 75% of households having above average moisture levels.  Dust mites pose a risk to those prone to conditions such as asthma, hay fever, and other common allergies.  The main cause: drying laundry indoors during the winter months.
Here’s our quick guide to making sure you are using your vacuum to its true potential:   

  • Carpets should be vacuumed at least once a week, and more often in areas where there is heavy traffic.  Every few weeks, use your crevice tool for cleaning those hard to reach areas such as around baseboards and radiator.
  • To ensure you are vacuuming thoroughly, divide the floor in quarters.  Take your time to vacuum each one vigorously before moving onto the next.
  • Plush carpets are especially prone to dirt that embeds itself deep within the fibre.  Make sure you use a powerful upright such as Morphy Richard’s Top Rated ‘Never Loses Suction’ vacuum cleaner, to achieve great results with little effort.
  • Take a little extra time to concentrate on areas where people sit and move their feet.  Vacuum these heavy-traffic areas using a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes. 
  • Following the manufacturers advice, apply soil retardants to newly cleaned carpets.  This cleaning procedure requires the use of professional equipment so make sure you pay close attention to the recommended application techniques.
  • To fight odours, add baking soda to your vacuum bag.

If your existing vacuum cleaner doesn’t quite cut it, in light of recent findings, there really has never been a better time to upgrade to the latest model.

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