Allergy And Asthma Facts from Dyson

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Quality of indoor air at home is very important to us because my husband and my eldest son both suffer from asthma. We use our Dyson Animal daily to get rid of dust and allergens and it is crazy to see how much dust we collect every day, even when the floors look clean.


Here are some interesting allergy and asthma facts from Dyson, plus a good reminder to  vacuum mattresses and other furniture, such as couches, regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite feces, that sounds gross eh?


In the home:

  • An estimated 2.7 million Canadians over the age of four have asthma and more than 80 per cent of people with asthma suffer from allergic rhinitis (also known as “hay fever”) or sinusitis. And with Canadians spending over 90 per cent of their time indoors (between home, school, work, etc.), quality of indoor air should be a concern for all.
  • House dust is made of organic compounds such as skin cells, hair and dirt, as well as allergens like pollen, mold spores and dust mite feces. Many of these are just 0.5 microns in size – 200 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Left unchecked, each can trigger sneezing and wheezing.
  • It only takes a microscopic amount of dust, or 0.000001 g, to trigger an allergic reaction or asthmatic episode; making the need for asthma and allergy sufferers to remove microscopic dust in the home of utmost importance.
  • Only Dyson removes the microscopic dust conventional vacuums leave behind –  so more microscopic dust ends up in the bin and less left behind in your home.

In your furniture:

  • Dust mites thrive in warm humid conditions. An average bed can have 3,000,000 dust mites living in it. Mites live for approximately 3-4 months (egg to adult takes about one month). During its lifetime a dust mite can produce approximately 2,000 droppings.
  • What triggers allergic reactions are dust mite feces, which contain highly allergenic proteins that trigger asthma or other allergic conditions.
  • Therefore, it’s important to vacuum mattresses and other furniture, such as couches, regularly to pick up skin cells and dust mite feces. Dyson recommends vacuuming your mattress monthly.

Dyson microbiology lab:

  • Dyson has a fully functional microbiology lab that offers support to the engineering project teams. The lab enables engineers and scientists to develop healthier and more hygienic machines.

Do you vacuum your mattress and furniture regularly?

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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36 responses to “Allergy And Asthma Facts from Dyson”

  1. Anna Morin — January 10, 2015 @ 7:08 pm (#)

    So gross to think about dust mites!@

  2. Laurie P — January 11, 2015 @ 6:26 am (#)

    I don’t have much carpeting to worry about, but I’ve always told hubby I wanted a Dyson specifically for the mattresses. At first he thought that was strange, but he’s totally convinced now….

  3. loriag — January 11, 2015 @ 6:35 am (#)

    I would love a Dyson vacuum! I never think of vacuuming our bed. I do the couches regularly though.

  4. Enrique Herrera — January 11, 2015 @ 6:42 am (#)

    I love the look of that Dyson! Wouldn’t mind using that everyday! ;D

  5. JaimeeM — January 11, 2015 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Time to use my dyson to vacuum my matress.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — January 11, 2015 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    I don’t vacuum my mattresses though I do know that I should – I’d be more likely too if I had a hand-held, cordless Dyson! 🙂 I did see a demo once of how much dirt was removed from the mattress surface with a vacuum (not a Dyson) and it was amazing how much was sucked up – no way do I want to see that under a microscope!

  7. Jenn Erin — January 11, 2015 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    I got the creepy crawly feeling when I was reading this! Yuck, who knew house dust was composed of so many nasty things!!

  8. Kristina — January 11, 2015 @ 4:02 pm (#)

    Frequently….but more frequently after reading this. Yuck! Would love a Dyson.

  9. Stephanie LaPlante — January 17, 2015 @ 5:12 am (#)

    We vacuum our furniture frequently but haven’t thought about bed. We will now!

  10. ellen beck — January 17, 2015 @ 5:08 pm (#)

    I vaccuum constantly as I do cat rescue plus have our own cats and a dog. Luckiy we dont have asthma, although as a child I had it and outgrew it. The hair and pet dander is what I am battling!

  11. Elva Roberts — February 17, 2015 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    I used to dust my mattress occasionally but, after reading the article by Dyson, I think I will do it monthly. I do suffer from allergies and there is asthma in my family so it makes sense to do all I can to cut down on dust mites and other allergens.

  12. kathy downey — February 20, 2015 @ 5:36 am (#)

    After reading the article by Dyson… this I will be my mattress every Monday on sheet day

  13. kathy downey — March 3, 2015 @ 5:57 am (#)

    I don’t vacuum my mattresses but I do not that I see whats living there

  14. Victoria Ess — March 16, 2015 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    I didn’t know all of that was lurking in my bed!

  15. kathy downey — April 8, 2015 @ 8:14 am (#)

    My daughter bought a Dyson a couple yrs ago and it helps so much with her allergies

  16. Maryann D. — June 28, 2015 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    I really should invest in a good vacuum like Dyson. My family has so many allergies, and i should vacuum the mattress too.

  17. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 12, 2015 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    I remember the first time I hoovered my mattress, I’d never have thought there could be so much dirt. Dust mites are disgusting creatures & I am extremely glad that I can’t see them as I don’t think I could go to sleep if I could.

  18. Julie — September 9, 2015 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Great reminder, thanks!

  19. kathy downey — September 13, 2015 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Dust mites are so creepy

  20. kathy downey — September 22, 2015 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    Just thinking about dust mites makes my skin crawl

  21. kathy downey — October 24, 2015 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    Since I read this post i vacumn eveything once a week and i find my sinus dont bother me so much

  22. kathy downey — November 17, 2015 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    have this gadget on my wistlist

  23. Meg A — December 4, 2015 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    I read about these facts before. Cleaning actually spreads or moves the dust so, while the purpose is to eliminate the triggers, the action contributes to it. I wash my removable vacuum cleaner parts & disinfect the rest. I don’t like using a dirty vac to clean the mattress.

  24. kathy downey — January 31, 2016 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Those dust mites are so discusting

  25. Dandi D — April 23, 2016 @ 4:14 am (#)

    My husband and son both have asthma, so maybe I should be vacuuming our mattresses.

  26. Debbie White Beattie — July 19, 2016 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    This is a really great post because it has reminded me “that I haven’t vacuumed my mattress in a while and I better get it done”

  27. Janet M — August 8, 2016 @ 9:19 am (#)

    Thanks for the reminder about dust mites. The amount of dust in a home always amazes me.

  28. Rosanne Robinson — February 9, 2017 @ 10:49 am (#)

    I rarely vacuum my mattress, we have a protective cover on it. I do have asthma, so thx for the helpful info, will do it this weekend!

  29. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 11, 2017 @ 8:27 pm (#)

    I do now have a hand held stick Dyson and my mattress now gets vacuumed regularly. It’s amazing how much the Dyson picks up from the carpet too. However I now also have a canister Dyson and that sucks up even more, in fact it’s unbelievable how much.

  30. Elizabeth Matthiesen — October 5, 2017 @ 8:04 pm (#)

    3,000,000 dust mites – what a dreadful thought! I do now have a cordless Dyson stick vacuum, the first thing I vacuumed when I got it was my mattress, LOL.

  31. Mike Gismondi — November 21, 2017 @ 9:18 pm (#)

    I think I’ll start vacuuming my mattress!

  32. Mike Gismondi — November 28, 2017 @ 10:25 am (#)

    I don’t know why, but I find this fascinating.

  33. Sarah — September 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am (#)

    I never thought to vacuum my mattress! Good info to know 🙂

  34. Debbie White-Beattie — November 30, 2018 @ 7:41 pm (#)

    I have allergies to dust, grass and pollen so using a dyson might help

  35. Janet M — March 22, 2019 @ 9:49 am (#)

    I am always concerned with removing dust after the long winter.

  36. Wanda Tracey — June 12, 2019 @ 9:58 pm (#)

    Now I am worried that I have not been vacuuming my mattress enough because those mites are so nasty. I will be doing it more often.

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