15 tips from the microbiologist for perfect spring cleaning

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Since the pandemic started we clean much more often: says the first global study on dust conducted by Dyson. An unprecedented research carried out on 10,754 participants in 10 countries, Including Italy, where 60% of the interviewees stated that they have substantially changed their cleaning habits, a percentage that puts us in the lead of the “cleanest countries in the world” along with China, Spain and the United States.

Now that we spend more time at home to work and study we realize more than before if there is to be cleaned, but also the fear of the virus, and theappeal to “sanitize”, they do their part. In fact we do well, because by cleaning we eliminate the dust, which is a risk for allergy sufferers, and not only that, though we often don’t realize it.

From the Dyson study, which has been studying dust and its effects for 20 years in its unique laboratory in the world, it emerges that there is not much awareness on the subject: 21% of the interviewees stated that they do not know the content of the dust that lurks in the house, while 12% of the sample is convinced that there are mainly hair residues inside (12%). In reality there is everything in the dust: millions of tiny particles and therefore not visible to the naked eye, which also affect our health. Among these first of all mites and their feces that cause allergiesand (and only 3% of those interviewed for the study are aware of this), and then hair, mold, small insects, even viruses and bacteria.

“There is an ongoing debate among experts about the role of dust in disease transmission and although initial studies indicate a link between dust and viruses, more research is needed,” he explains. Dennis Mathews, Scientific Researcher in Microbiology at Dyson. “But what this global research demonstrates – he continues – is that more knowledge of the composition of the powder is needed. Cleaning does not mean removing only the dust visible to the naked eye ».

“House dust can be a problem because it can contain allergens, such as dust mite feces and pollen. Invisible dust can accumulate in mattresses, bedding, upholstery and carpets “, explains also Gem McLuckie, Advanced Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson. in the gallery above, she gives 15 tips for deep cleaning and perfect spring cleaning. Browse the gallery

Here are Dyson’s tips for an anti-mite home:

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