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You Should Really Vacuum Your Mattress, According to this Study

Excuse us while we go vacuum our mattress.
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Not to trigger anyone's mysophobia, but mattresses are a breeding ground for microscopic life. Technically, we all knew this but some of us choose to ignore the facts. A new study says more than half of people do just that—54 percent of people in the Philippines don't vacuum their mattresses, to be exact.

Let us lay out all the facts. As we speak, there could be millions of dust mites living in your mattress. What's the big deal, you ask? Well, dust mites poop and their feces can be a trigger for allergies. Not to mention all that bacteria, viruses, pollen, and other allergens that are also buried deep inside. It's even worse if you have a pet.

Thankfully, the new study, which comes from Dyson and its microbiologists, highlights the best way to tackle dust: with a vacuum cleaner. Most people trust a wet cloth to clean a surface, but Dyson says vacuuming first will help avoid mould proliferation.

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"Using a wet cloth to clean surfaces is fine, but the sequence of cleaning tools matter. Dampening dust on floors—even fine dust invisible to the naked eye—could mean that you’re creating a habitat more favourable to dust mite and mould proliferation," explains Monika Stuczen, research scientist in microbiology at Dyson. "Dust is most effectively removed with a vacuum cleaner first, before going on to wipe surfaces. Even then, it is important to use a vacuum cleaner with effective filtration and sealing technology to ensure that whatever you vacuum remains trapped and is not expelled back into the home."

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Other interesting highlights from the study are that 95 percent of people in the Philippines are cleaning just as much, or more, than they did last year. We all deserve a pat on the back. Though 38 percent of people only clean their space when dust is visible, compared to 40 percent globally. Not good, considering a lot of dust particles are actually microscopic in size.

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"Just because it is out of sight does not mean it should be out of mind. The microscopic dust particles like pet dander and dust mite allergens may have a larger impact on your health and well-being than particles you can actually see with the naked eye," Stuczen says.

Now excuse us while we go vacuum our mattresses.

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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