Don’t wait to Start your Spring Cleaning

We recently shared information on Spring cleaning.  Now I know that many of you are in areas where there is still snow on the ground and a chill in the air.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t start your Spring cleaning.  With a little careful planning, you can get a jump on those Spring chores before the tulips are in bloom.start Spring Cleaning Now

First, consult a reliable source for accurate weather in your area.  That could be your local TV station or one of the many weather websites (weatherunderground, accuweather, etc) and find a day that will be sunny and dry.  I did an entire Spring cleaning in a bedroom in our rental cabin yesterday; and the temperatures never climbed out of the 40’s.  However the air was dry and the skies were clear.

Spring Cleaning  The Dust Mite Covers

First, take all the washable bedding off of the bed.  This includes all of your zippered covers for your mattress, box spring, pillows, duvets, and featherbeds.  Get them in the wash with some De-Mite laundry additive and your favorite detergent.

Spring Cleaning with Steam!

For your feather beds, comforters and other items that you cannot wash or do not like to wash you can use a combination of steam and sunlight to get rid of allergens and freshen these items up.  The high temperature of the steam and the power of the ultraviolet light will reduce the allergens that you can’t wash away.  A Vapamore steamer is perfect for this chore.  use steam for spring cleaning

I set up two areas for steaming:  one inside where I could hang the items to easily steam both sides and a second outside where they could hang in the sun to dry.  I used the fabric/upholstery attachment on the steamer to steam both sides of my Downlight comforter and featherbed topper.  The same attachment worked great on pillows and my two comforters that are not washable.  After each item was steamed, it went outside to hang in the sun to dry.  In addition, I gave each a light mist of ADMS antiallergen spray.  I couldn’t hang the pillows, but I able to set them in chairs!

Spring Cleaning the Floors

After everything was steamed and hanging outside, it was time to tackle the contents of the room.  I vacuumed the floor to get up any loose dust then sprinkled down X-Mite Powder to freshen the carpet and neutralize allergens. The contents of the room (furniture, wall hangings, knick knacks, etc) were vacuumed with the round dusting brush attached to my Miele vacuum and then wiped down.  Hard surfaces, such as baseboards, painted walls, and furniture were steamed with the Vapamore before wiping down.

By the time I had this chore complete, the washable bedding was dry as were the steamed items that had been hanging or sitting out in the sunlight. The zippered covers went back on the mattress, comforter, featherbed, and pillows.  Fresh sheets on the bed and then it was time to vacuum up the X-Mite powder and the room was complete.

Spring cleaning on a less than Spring like day.  It can be done!

Till next time

Get Rid of Dust Mites

After being diagnosed with dust mite allergies customers sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done in the home to start feeling some relief.  I always tell customers it’s best to just take things one step at a time.  The main focus is to try and get rid of the dust mite allergens so they no longer bother you.
So customers ask how do I get rid of them? What products really work?
My recommendations:
Get Rid of Dust Mites by Cleaning
Clean the house from top to bottom. Anything that can potentially cause or create dust needs to be cleaned or thrown away. Get rid of dust catchers. Do you really need that stack of books or old chair?

When cleaning and dusting everyone always has an aid they use to clean around the home.  Personally I think the Allerdust spray is a great product to use. It not only gets rid of dust mites, but also helps with pet dander and mold. Just spray some (more is not better) on an old tee shirt and get to cleaning.  It picks up  mites and mold particles right before they become airborne.  A great product to have when trying to get rid of dust and mites.

Get Rid of Dust Mites in Your Bed

This is simpler than it sounds. Get dust mite proof mattress, pillow, comforter and box spring cover. Putting them on your bed and they will prevent dust mites and their allergens from irritating you while you’e sleeping.
Get Rid of Dust Mites by Washing
To get rid of dust mites in your laundry you need to wash in 140 degree water. Not only is that bad for the electric bill it will also destroy your bedding. I use De-mite Laundry additive, it’s a product that eliminates dust mites and their allergens in bedding and washable clothing in warm and cold water. Simply add it to your favorite laundry detergent and consider dust mites from your bedding gone!
Get Rid of Dust Mites in the Carpet
Allergists always say the best thing to ever get rid of when dealing with dust mites is your carpet. Financially speaking that may not be something that can be done right away. I know because I still have carpeting and can’t wait to get rid of it. We have a more cost-friendly product that can help keep dust mites away and that’s X-mite carpet treatment. It is specifically designed to rid your carpeting and upholster furniture of harmful dust mite allergens and provide 90 days of allergy relief. Another side benefit of X-mite is it actually cleans while it denatures.
Using ADMS anti-allergen spray can also get rid of the household dust mites. This treatment lasts 30 days and can be sprayed on upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs, drapes, bedding, stuffed animals and even your car.
Get Rid of Dust Mites in The Air
 Air Cleaners work wonders when trying to get rid of dust mites in the home. They remove small particles from the air and give you better air quality. They aren’t the cheapest solution but after investing in an air cleaner you will see a change in your home. I noticed a lot less dust on my bedroom furniture and floating in the air. The air also smelled better because of the carbon used in the filter.

I know this is a bunch to think about and remember. These are the most important things I mention when speaking to a customer about getting rid of dust mites.  For me, it didn’t take long for me to see changes to my home and health.

Wishing you all the best,
Tiffany Daniel – Serving our customers since 1989

PS. Allergy elimination is about eliminating the allergy-causing substance in your home the best you can. Once you do this, you may be able to reduce the need for all the medications and doctor visits. For additional information please click here to download your free copy of” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living. 


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