Many consider our homes to be the safest places for us and our family, a little sanctuary against all that we face, but is your home really as safe as you think?
What is an allergen?
The science behind the why!
When we speak of allergens, often the first thing for people to think of is hay fever or pet allergies, and you would be absolutely right in a sense.
Science daily describes an allergen as any substance that is eaten or inhaled (usually) that the immune system recognises as bad and in doing so an allergic reaction is caused.
So whilst most will know of peanut and dust allergies, or not being able to have cheese on your favourite pizza, it is actually possible to be allergic to anything!
What causes allergies within the home?
With many of us spending 90% or more of our time indoors, the level of home insulation is better than ever before, combined with a lack of decent insulation methods our indoor spaces have become the perfect breeding ground for allergens to thrive.
Mould and pollen spores as the biggest causes of allergic reactions in our home, causing runny noses and itchy eyes, but did you know that it can also lead to asthma?
Then there are our furry companions.
If you are blessed to own man’s best friend or our feline overlords then you know how much loose fur gets on your carpets or stuck in your clothes. Yet it is the finer part of their fur, known as dander, which is the irritant for most as this is where the allergy causing protein is most prevalent.
Now here comes the gross bit.
In your carpets, on your sofas, and thriving in your mattress is a tiny little critter around a quarter of a millimetre long. What helps them to thrive is a cosy, humid environment and none other than your dead skin cells which you shed daily.
It is not the mite itself that makes you sneeze and snuffle, but the protein that is found in their droppings… which they can release around 20 times a day.
So, how can you protect yourself and your family?
To put it into stark perspective:
“A minimum of 9,000 deaths every year are attributed to indoor air pollution in the UK and indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-10 times higher than outdoor levels.”
Whilst we don’t usually condone the use of scare tactics, the rise in the number of allergens and hospitalisation due to an allergic issue has risen exponentially.
There are however a number of best practices that you can implement in your usual routine to help tackle these allergens:
- Use a high-filtration vacuum cleaner with filters capable of retaining a high proportion of the smallest particles (such as a HEPA filter).
- Vacuum all fabric surfaces such as; carpet, sofa and other upholstery at least twice a week.
- Reduce humidity by increasing ventilation within your home. Open the windows regularly, install trickle vents where possible, or if necessary invest in a dehumidifier to help keep humidity levels between 30%-50%.
- Wash all bedding at 60 degrees centigrade. Washing at a lower temperature will remove the allergen temporarily, but will not kill the dust mites.
- Damp dust as often as possible to help collect the finer dander and particles.
(Thank you to the amazing resources from Allergy UK in our research!).
There are of course many other precautions and measures you can take, but the above selection are easy to implement sooner rather than later.
Why is V-TUF creating something for the home?
We are experts in cleaning equipment and always want to do our very best in working to save and protect the lives of our consumers. Whilst it may seem like a bold claim, we have always striven to offer our safety equipment at affordable prices, so that everyone can access it.
We wanted to bring that expertise and passion to your home, so that you and your family can live healthily.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how our products and services work to save and improve lives then pop us a message or call us on +441522 515767.
Until next time,
The V-TUF Family.