It's Indoor Allergy week, is anyone or their little ones suffering from allergies? When we reviewed Dyson's DC41 Mk 2 vacuum cleaner, I realised why we have been having allergy reactions - our previous vacuum cleaner wasn't doing its job properly! Now that we've got a Dyson to do a proper job, I thought that we are safe. But the lovely people at Dyson has pointed something else out that I wasn't thinking of, or more accurately, trying not to think about - Dust Mites! Eeek!
I was invited to their London press office, together with many other lovely parent bloggers, to check out their latest product launched just this month - the handheld DC43H Mattress vacuum cleaner. It is designed purposely to vacuum allergens that has been hiding inside our soft furnishings, including mattresses and sofas.
|The power of Dyson DC43H!|
- There are up to 3 million dust mites hiding inside an average bed
- There are 500,000 particles of dust in the average cubic meter of air. 50% is dead human skin cells.
- Humans shed about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells per minute, or about 28 grams per month
- The average square meter of carpet has 1,000 dust mites. Each critter produces up to 30 droppings a day. It’s these droppings that most people are allergic to.
- Moving around in your bed disturbs dust mite droppings which then stay airborne for at least 30 minutes
- Dust mites don’t just live in mattresses and carpets – sofas and cushions are ideal environments too.
- Dust mites can’t survive extreme temperatures. Freeze delicate bed sheets to kill them.
- Vacuum mattresses regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite faeces.
- You can kill dust mites by placing items like toys in a plastic bag, freezing them for two days and letting them thaw naturally – this will kill the dust mites as they cannot survive the cold.
- Removing shoes before entering the house. Otherwise you will be walking in nasty chemicals, pollen, dirt and dust straight into your home.
- Make up brushes (NOOO!!) aren’t to be forgotten either. To kill these mites pop them in the freezer for a few hours and this kills all the mites.
Seriously, after this, every time I see dust I think of the million mites instead of dust. So when I tested the DC43H on our old, dodgy mattress that has caused skin irritation, I was cringing all the way!
Before we move on to that, I want to introduce you to our new gadget that will protect us from these pesky little horrors (actually, Abby said they are helping us to eat up all the dead skin so they are good bugs! Well, we have Dyson to do that now and if their droppings cause allergy and possible asthma attacks I rather them gone!) from now on - the DC43H:
The DC43H is specifically designed for vacuuming mattresses and other soft furnishings to remove allergens hidden deep inside. You can use it to clean the floor like other handheld, but it performs best to vacuum powder-like dust. For a quick vacuum with a proper vacuum cleaner, Dyson have the DC58 range or other previous models you can find in their Handheld section.
We really like how lightweight DC43H is, and even Abby can use it. It takes a gentle press to trigger the power button, though I would prefer that the button stays pressed instead of being a press and hold one. I can see the need of preserving power (it can last up to 20 minutes, or 17 boosted after each full charge) though.
Now, my first test on our dodgy mattress. My fellow bloggers were given baking powder to do the test, but I think I'll just show you why we are throwing this mattress out (well, also because the spring is broken, but no way am I vacuuming it again).
I do think that, the reason why it's horrible for me is that I see the fine dust as wriggly dust mites but not fluff from the fabric. Imagine every single speck of it wriggles under a microscope...*cringe*.
|What came out from the tested area *screams inside*|
So, from what seems like a clean mattress on the outside came that much powder from the inside, and I don't believe fabric fluff is that powdery... come to think of it, the mattress we sleep on is even older than this one... so we will starting fresh once we moved, with new mattresses that will be cleaned every so often.
If you are someone who never clean your matresses, or doesn't have a powerful and easy to use tool to do it, I definitely recommend Dyson's DC43H.
While being at the press office, we were also introduced to their latest Dyson 360 Eye Robot that has just launched in Japan, and will be launching in Spring/ Summer 2015. I've always wanted one of these since I saw a competitor one, maybe I'll get this for my birthday!
And there is also the Dyson Hot and Cool that can be used as a bladeless fan during the warmer days and heater that switches off as soon as it topple over during the colder days. Don't you just love multi-purpose gadgets?
For more about Indoor Allergy week with Dyson, follow the hashtag #NoHiddenDust and see why Dyson is the best in combating allergens.