Here are some cleaning tips on how to minimise an asthma attack:
Instead of using a feather duster, use a damp cloth or micro-fibre cloth to wipe surfaces. Wood, leather, or vinyl furniture pieces are easier to maintain as compared to upholstered cloth furniture pieces, which are perfect breeding spaces for dust mites.
If you find some dust playing hide-and-seek between nooks and crannies, seek them out with a clean natural-bristle or makeup brush, then finish them with a damp cloth. For persistent dirt lodged between tile grouts, create a mixture of vinegar and baking soda, and try using an old toothbrush to scrub the grouts.
Consider placing doormats to trap small dirt particles on your visitors’ footwear before they enter your house. For house flooring, forgo carpeting and thick rugs as they release dusts whenever you take a step—bare surfaces such as wood or tile are ideal as they are inhospitable to dust mites.
According a Straits Times interview with Dr Wang De Yun from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, asthma patients who live in mechanically-ventilated rooms had better health than airconditioned homes. While airconditioners help to beat the summer heat, the cold dry air will further irritate the sensitive airway.
Wash your bedsheets frequently in mild detergent by hand or in washing machine to prevent dust mites from breeding. Use bed sets and pieces made of synthetic materials, and encase them with special allergen-impermeable casings. Here are ways to minimise dust mites in the bedroom.
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