Dust mites are a problem which can be kept under control, if you have the right carpet cleaning techniques.

Most people aren’t adversely affected by dust mites, the microscopic creature which lives in bedding, carpets and other textiles, however there are those who are particularly sensitive or even allergic to them.

It can be very difficult to get rid of dust mites, but if you follow a few simple instructions you will be able to keep them at bay.

Dust mites thrive in carpets due to the concentration of dead skin cells and pet dander within the carpet’s pile. This means that in those rooms which have carpet fitted it is especially important to keep on top of the cleaning. Dust should not be allowed to lie on surfaces and the carpet should be vacuumed regularly.

Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter is a really good idea. HEPA filters are especially good at trapping dust mites and pet dander and thus removing both from the room. A vacuum without a HEPA filter simply stirs the dust and dander in the air. If you want to reduce the number of dust mites you’ll need to vacuum every day.

If your home is humid you should try to use a dehumidifier to keep the relative humidity below 30%. Dust mites love humid places and will quickly breed if humidity rises well above this level. It’s also important to keep on top of your laundry, especially bedding, and make sure this is washed on a hot setting.

Lastly, getting your carpets cleaned on a regular basis by a professional cleaning company can also reduce dust mites and pet dander and hence reduce the allergen levels within the home.