Sleeping with the enemy: Dyson study reveals close to 7 in 10 Singaporeans do not vacuum their mattresses despite them being a hot bed of microscopic life
Dyson's annual global Dust Study dives deep into the cleaning habits of people in countries all around the world to help us better understand household dust and the impact it can have on our health and well-being.
Here, in detail, are the findings of Dyson's 2022 Global Dust Study.
Are people cleaning the right spaces?
The study1, undertaken by 32,282 respondents across 33 countries around the world found that 94% of Singaporeans are cleaning just as much, if not more than they did last year, to ensure their homes remain a clean and healthy space.
It also revealed that people are becoming more reactive cleaners with 46% of Singaporeans are only motivated to clean when their home was dusty or when there was visible dust and dirt on the floor, compared to 40% globally.
“It is a cause for concern if people only clean when they spot visible dust on the floor as many dust particles are microscopic in size,” says Monika Stuczen, Research Scientist in Microbiology at Dyson. “In fact, by the time people spot visible dust in the home, it is highly likely that there are dust mites in your home.”
The Global Dust Study also explored areas in the home that people were cleaning. While the majority of people vacuumed their floors regularly, other spaces were commonly overlooked. Majority of Singaporeans (68%) do not vacuum their mattresses despite spending one-thirds of their lives in bed and just 16% vacuum their curtains, which are often exposed to and can trap outdoor dust and other particles.
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What is pet dander?
Pet dander consists of tiny, microscopic, skin particles shed by pets with fur or feathers. Much like dust, dander builds up in soft furnishings such as carpets, mattresses and pillows and is a source of food for dust mites.
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This is why at Dyson, we’ve spent almost 20 years studying real dust – only by understanding the complex matrix of household dust can we better enable our vacuum cleaners to deal with the conditions they face in real homes. Dyson engineers spend a lot of time developing filters and seals to make sure they capture not only the dust you can see, but also the dust you can’t. We also want to make sure that the air being expelled from the vacuum is clean – keeping your home clean and hygienic.
“We hope this research inspires you to think about what is in the dust in your homes,” explains Stuczen. “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 have the largest impact on your health and well-being.”