A few tips on how to combat dust mites and winter viruses
With winter comes the cold and the snow, along with viruses and certain allergies due to dust mites. Although you can't always fight off sickness, adopting certain daily habits will allow you to limit the spread of microbes, and contend with the presence of dust mites. Here are a few tips on how to combat dust mites and winter viruses!
Clean your bedding and house linens regularly
On average, we spend 25 years of our lives in bed! It's thus crucial to not neglect our bedroom hygiene. Ideally, you should wash your sheets once a week at 60°C, which is a sufficient temperature to kill dust mites. Don't forget the mattress covers and pillowcases, which are wonderful hiding places for microorganisms. It's also important to sanitise your curtains and rugs if you have any. The same goes for the stuffed toys in the children's rooms! And if they can't take washing at 60°C, then the next paragraph is for you.
Iron as much as possible
Dust mites can be found in all fabrics, but it isn't always easy to wash them at high temperatures. However, dust mites only die when exposed to temperatures equal to or greater than 56°C. In order to get rid of dust mites in your house simply and effectively, our chemical-free solution is to use Laurastar Dry Microfine Steam (DMS), which kills 100% of dust mites in just a single movement, even those deep within the fibres. What's more, the steam generators equipped with this technology are equally effective for both horizontal ironing and vertical steaming, which makes it possible to sanitise your curtains without having to remove them from the rods. This technique is ideal for sanitising fabrics that can't take washing at high temperatures, such as fine linens, or polyester or silk clothing. For people with allergies, who must limit the proliferation of these microorganisms as much as possible, ironing is a mandatory step. Investing in a quality ironing system can save you a considerable amount of time and energy.
Protecting yourself against winter viruses and infections: simple and effective techniques
In winter, we see the appearance of new viruses that cause a number of illnesses such as colds, the flu or even gastroenteritis. In order to limit contamination, you need to follow some simple habits.
Clean exposed surfaces
By exposed surfaces, we mean door handles, toilet seats, flush handles or buttons, taps, remote controls, telephones, etc. A simple wipe with diluted chlorine bleach will quickly eliminate viruses, so don’t ignore this step! Likewise, it's important to sanitise fabrics that often come in contact with the hands, such as sofas, throw blankets and cushions. Using a Laurastar steam generator will make the task much quicker and easier. Moreover, in order to limit the transmission of viruses and infections, and maximise the effectiveness of your washing machine, we recommend you run an empty wash once a month at 90°C.