One tenth of the weight of a pillow over 2 years old is made up of dust mites, their eggs and excrement
It has been said that the bedroom is the dirtiest room in the home. This is because humans shed a layer of skin every 28 to 38 days! Dust mites absolutely thrive on this. They produce 200 times their body weight in excrement during their lifetime. A female dust mite can produce up to 300 eggs.
When a Bensons technician cleans a mattress the client never fails to be amazed at the amount of dust and debris extracted prior to the deodorising and steam cleaning treatment
Although a mattress may appear to be clean, in actual fact there are millions of shed skin particles and other debris contained therein. Dust mite, germs and other bacteria thrive in these conditions
Bensons Cleaning Services use a formulated treatment designed specifically to eliminate this problem and, combined with 200 degrees steam extraction, leaves your mattresses clean, fresh and sterilised.
What does it look like?
Both male and female adult house dust mites are globular in shape, creamy white and have a striated cuticle. The female measures approximately 420 micrometres in length and 320 micrometers in width. The male is approximately 420 micrometres long and 245 micrometres wide. A member of the phylum Arthropoda, post-larval stages of house dust mites have eight legs; larval stages have six legs.
What is the average life cycle of the dust mite?
The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is approximately 19-30 days while a mated female house dust mite can live for up to two months, laying eggs for the last 30 days of her life.
Where do dust mites live?
The dust mite thrives in the modern environment of fully-carpeted, double-glazed, draft-proof homes, and is comfortable at 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) and 75% relative humidity. Temperatures of over 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) for a period of one hour are fatal to dust mites; freezing is also fatal. The mites are particularly common in mattresses, carpets and bedding.
Are dust mites harmful?
House dust mites do not bite or sting. The mite generally lives on shed human skin cells, which are pre-digested by the fungus Aspergillus repens. An average person sheds about 1.5 grams of skin a day (approximately 0.3-0.45 kg per year), which is enough to feed roughly a million dust mites. Further, dust mites in bedding derive moisture from human breathing, perspiration, and saliva.
How do dust mites cause asthma?
The house dust mite is one of the most significant source of allergens, implicated in allergic asthma, rhinitis, conjunctivitis and dermatitis. One of the more important proteins responsible for the allergic reaction is DerP1, a protease digestive enzyme found in mite feces.
Measures to control house dust mites:
- Vacuuming carpeted areas regularly
- Regular damp dusting of surfaces
- Replacement of carpets with vinyl flooring
- Covering of mattresses and pillows with impervious materials
- Daytime internment of children's plush toys in a freezer
- Reduce ambient humidity below 70% to inhibit growth of Aspergillus
What to expect from our ITI accredited technicians
Bensons Cleaning Services is a Silver Partner with Interactive Training International
When our technicians come into your home, you can expect the following:
|Standard Clean||Deluxe Clean|
|What we do|
|Pre-inspection of the mattress|
|Pre-vacuum of the mattress to remove any loose or soiled debris|
|Pre-spray the mattress with a specialised deodoriser & agitate into the mattress using a horse hair brush|
|Steam clean the mattress to extract & remove dust-mite allergens|
|Dust-mite anti-allergen treatment|
|Single||from $65||from $77|
|King Single||from $75||from $90|
|Double||from $109||from $124|
|Queen||from $119||from $134|
|King||from $139||from $155|
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Tony, We just wanted to say thank you for cleaning our lounge, recliner and rug on the weekend. We were not sure if the lounge or recliner could be saved, but they have both come up looking fantastic – we are very happy and will definitely refer you to others. Thanks!
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