Most carpets, upholstry and beds off-gas chemicals meant to prevent them from burning (think cigarettes) and to keep them together (carpet backings). These chemicals have typically not been tested for human health.
As well, dander, pollens, dust and dust mite feces easily collect on these surfaces, forcing your immune system to work overtime. Such is not conducive to health, especially for children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems.
Dust mites feed on our dead skin. Did you know that dust mites are the only indoor source of air pollutants clinically recognized to cause asthma in otherwise healthy people?
Because they love our dead skin they are especially abundant in beds, where we spend about 1/3 of our lives. (For some this may include the couch/sofa!)
It makes sense to first check beds for their possible source of health problems.
Dust mite feces are also linked to allergies.
How can you get rid of them? There are special washable mattress and pillow covers that can really help. A high-quality vacuum cleaner is the best defense given that dust mites live in couches/sofas, carpets and any warm, damp locations. Using most vacuums will only spread around the problem.
If you want to consider ways to make your home safer, including purchasing an effective vacuum cleaner, contact us.