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Let’s Talk About Dust Mite Poop and Vacuuming

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01.23.15

Let’s have some fun with math and dust mite facts.

Fact 1. There can be as many as 100,000 dust mites living on a square yard of carpet.

Fact 2. Dust mites poop about 20 times a day.

Conclusion: There could be, like, 80 million dust mite poops on your 5x8 area rug right now.

Don’t panic – dust mites don’t bite or carry diseases. But think of all that poop!

We’re not doing this to appall you (we promise). We just thought this could help motivate you to be a little extra vigilant with your vacuuming routine. For example, there are a few places around the house that can really benefit from little time with Senor Hoover that you might be forgetting about.

Here are five new spots to add to your vacuuming routine:

1. The Couch

Remember the last time you lost the remote and told yourself you were going to vacuum under those cushions soon? But then you never did. No time like the present!

Toss your cushions on the floor and vacuum the base of the couch. Then give the cushions a once-over with the hose attachment before you put the puzzle back together.

In addition to going to the bathroom all over your furniture, dust mites also break down the furniture’s fibers so vacuuming will lengthen your couch’s life!

2. Blinds

Dust mites will poop in your blinds, too. Run the vacuum hose along the edges of your blinds to clean up the mess. Tip: Make sure the vacuum is on its lowest setting so you don’t warp the slats.

3. The Stairs

You’re probably “forgetting” to vacuum and the stairs, and more “avoiding it intentionally” because it sucks. But until someone invents the stair-master Rumba this is something you need to do. Think of the mite poop, then get vacuuming!

4. Baseboards

Vacuuming the floor doesn’t always have to involve the baseboards but sometimes, it does. Run the vacuum brush extension along the floor’s edges to get deep-seeded dirt. Tip: While you have the brush function attached, give your windowsills and molding some love, too.

5. Air Vents

Unless you want your vents to start functioning like vacuums in reverse, it’s best to flush them out every few months.

Lift the covers out of the air duct and throw them in the sink, vacuum out the dust and debris and wash the air vents. This will also help the efficiency of your HVAC system!

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