0.000001g of allergen is all it takes

0.000001g of allergens is all it takes

Dead human skin cells. Dust mites and their faeces. Pollen, pet dander, mould and bacteria. Lurking inside house dust is a cocktail of these unpleasant, microscopic particles. They’re called allergens, and just 0.000001g can be enough to trigger the coughing, sneezing and itching of an allergic reaction.

How dust causes allergic reactions

How dust causes allergic reactions

Some allergens are just 0.00005 microns in size. That's 0.0005 centimetres. Or 200 times smaller than a human hair. This means they can easily enter the body through inhalation. When this happens, some people's immune systems overreact to the presence of the particles, producing antibodies to repel them. Subsequent physical reactions include itching eyes, a running nose, sneezing and coughing to combat the allergens.

Hidden allergens in your home

Where can allergens hide in your home?

Your home may look clean, but microscopic dust remains hidden in floor crevices or ground into carpet, rugs and soft furnishings. Within this dust are allergens, and inhaling even a small amount is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. A single gram of house dust can contain around 100,000 mould spores alone.

Thorough cleaning will keep allergens under control

Thorough vacuuming will help keep allergens under control

Removing the hidden dust can help reduce the number of allergens left in your home. Regular vacuuming is an effective way to keep house dust under control.

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How to remove dust mites

How to remove dust mites

Reduce their food supply – vacuum wood floors, mats and carpets to reduce the amount of skin cells and other organic matter.

Target areas where you sit and sleep – vacuum mattresses and sofas to suck up skin cells and dust mite faeces.

Stop them breeding – air out your mattress to cool the temperature of the bed. This prevents dust mites from breeding as quickly.

How to reduce pollen in your home

How to reduce pollen in your home

Regularly vacuum floor surfaces – most pollen is actually found on the floor of your home and under furniture, not in the air.

Don’t let pollen in – outdoor clothing (like your coat) can bring pollen into the home, so keep it clean. And make sure windows and doors are closed during high pollen seasons.

How to remove pet hair

How to remove pet hair

Avoid a build up of allergens – your pet sheds every day, but vacuuming regularly ensures the hair and dander is trapped before it builds up.

Keep pets away from your bedroom – reducing how much pets are around areas where you spend a lot of time can reduce your contact with allergens.

How to remove mold spores

How to remove mould spores

The presence of mould spores is heightened during wet weather and harvesting seasons.

The spores are present in house dust as well as air borne.

Remove house dust and tackle damp areas on walls, ensuring they are free from mould.

Is your current vacuum making your allergies worse?

Other vacuum cleaners can expel dust, allergens and bacteria into the air in your home

Other vacuums can suck up dust and allergens from your floors and upholstery. But if they don’t have an efficient filtration system, they can disperse those allergens into the air you breathe – making it much easier to inhale them.

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Poor pickup at the cleanerhead leaves dirt, dust and allergens on floor surfaces

HEPA filters don’t always mean clean air. Dust, dirt and allergens can pass straight through them

A filter can be made using HEPA material, but if it’s not designed to cope with a vacuum’s airflow, allergens and bacteria can pass straight through and out into the room.

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HEPA filters don’t always mean clean air. Dust, dirt and allergens can pass straight through them

A filter on its own is simply not enough. Poor seals allow dirty air back into the home

A filter can meet HEPA standards, but if it’s not properly sealed, dirty air can bypass the filter, dispersing dust and allergens into the home.

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A filter on its own is simply not enough. Poor seals allow dirty air back into the home

Air leaks in the machine allow dirty air to escape

Poor seals throughout the machine result in dirty air leaking straight back out into the room.

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For over 50 years Asthma Australia and Asthma Foundations have been the leaders in
asthma health care and research. Asthma Australia and member Foundations deliver high quality support to people with asthma and their carers.
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and staff in every State and Territory of Australia, Asthma Australia delivers evidence-based preventative health strategies to over 200,000 people every year.

Only Dyson has the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America accreditation across it’s entire range of upright and canister vacuums

Dyson’s range of upright and barrel vacuums
are approved by the National Asthma Council Australia's Sensitive Choice program.

The National Asthma Council Australia's Sensitive Choice program helps people make
lifestyle choices that may help them manage asthma and allergies better.

Dyson upright and barrel vacuums are also approved by the British Allergy Foundation (BAF).

The BAF have also validated Dyson’s asthma and allergy research, which helps develop
even better technology for removing household allergens

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Dyson tools -  also engineered to remove allergens

Dyson tools - also engineered to remove allergens

The Soft dusting brush attaches to your machine for vacuum-assisted dusting. It gently removes dust and allergens, which are then sucked into your vacuum.

Removes dust and allergens from upholstery

Removes dust and allergens from upholstery

The Mattress tool attaches to the wand or hose on your Dyson vacuum cleaner to remove dirt, allergens and dust mite feces from mattresses and upholstery.

Mattress Tool
Designed for awkward gaps

Designed for awkward gaps

The Flexi crevice tool extends and flexes to clean awkward gaps, such as between cabinets and behind radiators.

Flexi Crevice Tool

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