What is formaldehyde and where is it found?
Formaldehyde is a colourless gas which finds its way into the home through a variety of sources. Most commonly, it is released through furniture and wooden products such as plywood and fibreboard, which may use formaldehyde-based industrial resins. It can also be found in insulating materials and do-it-yourself products such as paint, wallpapers, varnishes and household cleaning products. Being 500 times smaller than particles the size of 0.1 microns, it is particularly difficult to capture and if left untreated can lead to prolonged exposure due to continuous release of airborne chemicals, known as off-gassing.
Heat, humidity and formaldehyde
Research has shown that high room temperature and absolute humidity directly increase the release of VOCs, such as formaldehyde. Beyond formaldehyde, high temperatures and humidity encourage the breeding of dust mites that contribute to household dust, while their faecal matter contains allergens which are a common trigger for allergies.
How to use your vacuum cleaner accessories
Vacuum cleaners aren’t designed to only clean your floors and carpets. With the right attachments, they can be used to clean everything from your mattress to your air conditioning unit.
How to clean your mattress
We spend roughly a third of our lives in our beds, but studies show that hardly any of us regularly prioritise our mattresses as part of our cleaning regimens. Dyson engineers share top tips on how to keep your mattress clean – and tackle the microscopic life lurking beneath the sheets.