The simple answer is YES. Curtain traps dust and dust mites on unwashed curtains are very common cause for allergies.
The symptoms of dust allergy include:
- Itchy eyes
- Running nose
- Rashes on skin
- Coughing, sneezing and wheezing
Children in Singapore are vulnerable to allergies
More children in Singapore are developing allergic rhinitis. According to Straits Times article, allergy happens when children’s body immune system becomes sensitized to substances such as dust mites. Children, especially, are more vulnerable to dust allergies. They experience stronger symptoms which affect their sleep quality and ability to concentrate in class.
The forgotten culprit – unwashed curtains
Curtains are probably the common culprit for causing dust allergy at home. They trap dust easily, especially under this humid weather condition in Singapore. Curtains, particularly those made with thick cloth, have many layers of fabric. Dust mites often hides in those layers. We tend to forget about it once we have put it up. Same as cleaning the floor, it is not a pleasant task but it also has to be done. Curtains need to be washed regularly.
How often should you dry clean curtains?
It is recommended to wash them at least once every 3 months. Households with young children may have to wash it more often. Many people choose to take medicine to alleviate the allergy symptoms. However, many fail to realize that removing the allergen is so much more important than treating the symptoms.