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Every family desires a comfortable and safe home to raise healthy children. Other than providing the fundamental need of a roof over your head, there are additional safety and comfort concerns that also need to be addressed for one to achieve the status of maintaining a happy and fulfilled family life.

For seasoned parents and caregivers, when a child falls ill, it causes unimaginable strain. From worrying about their well being to unexpected medical bills and loss of valuable development opportunities. One of the most basic and simple ways to ensure that all the occupants of the household are protected from preventable illnesses, is the avid cleaning of the entire house. This is because germs and microorganisms that cause diseases thrive in dirt, particularly in the very common household dirt, dust.



Health Effects of Dust

Dust is characterised as really tiny particles of soil-like consistency which commonly settle either on surface tops and on floors, especially spaces at the edge of the room where the broom rarely reaches, leading to accumulation. Ever wondered where dust comes from? Well, naturally, the first culprit is good old fashioned soil particles and pollen that get blown into the house by wind from the surrounding environment. There are, however, dust causants inside the home like strands of hair that fall off during grooming, skin cells, and fibres from textile.

Why then is dust cleaning necessary in maintaining a healthy home environment? Well, dust harbors tiny eight legged dust mites that feed on the dust particles. They are not visible with the naked eye, but their effects are the opposite of microscopic. These mites are the reason for the ill effects of dust as they are the disease causing microorganisms that are responsible for:

Nasal irritations characterised by frequent sneezing.
Postnasal congestion including chest infections that cause breathing difficulties.
Skin and eye irritation and running nose. These are mild allergic reactions that can be triggered by pollen and dust particles.

In extreme cases it can cause sinus problems and inflammation of regions of the respiratory system; this can expose younger children to risks of developing asthma and other breathing difficulties later in their lives when their young growing lungs are infected.



Here are a few tips from Hygienic Solutions Australia on how to rid the household of these disease causing dust particles and mites.



• Maintain a regular cleaning schedule of at least once a day where floor surfaces are vacuumed or mopped and surfaces wiped.



• Remove wall to wall carpeting since carpet fibres not only trap dust from the air, they also contribute to dust formation.



• Ensure regular washing of air ducts and AC systems through which air inside the home is regulated.

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