New research suggests that nearly half of all Australians who have pets let them sleep on their beds, but are unaware of the health problems that can develop as a result.
The results of the annual global dust study examined cleaning habits and behaviors and expanded our understanding of household dust and the potential impact it can have on our well-being.
The survey, conducted by 12,309 respondents from 11 countries around the world, found that people are still concerned about the cleanliness of their homes due to the pandemic.
Dyson has shared the results of its annual global dust survey, which examines cleaning habits and behavior and gives us insight into household dust and the potential impact it can have on our well-being.
OUR PETS AND FABRIC:
● More than 60% of Australians were unaware that pollen could settle on their pets, and just under half (49%) did not know that bacteria could also live on their pets
● Nearly two thirds of Australian pet owners are unaware that viruses and dust mite feces can be on their pets
● Less than half (45%) of Australians groom their pets to keep their homes and pets clean
In the Dyson study, 93 percent of Australians were found to clean as much, if not more, than last year to ensure their home remains a clean and healthy space.
The pandemic also fueled an increase in pet ownership, with 57 percent of households around the world now owning a pet. In Australia, 52 percent of households have pets, and 56 percent of owners do not restrict the areas their cats or dogs are allowed to be.
More than 60 per cent of Australians were unaware that pollen could live on their pets, and just under half (49 per cent) did not know that bacteria could also live on their pets.
Nearly two thirds of Australian pet owners are unaware that viruses and dust mite feces can also be on their pets.
“A lot of people think that pet hair is the biggest problem because it’s the most visible,” said Dyson Microbiology researcher Monika Stuczen.
“It’s not surprising that people are not aware of the other particles that may be on their pets, as these particles are usually microscopic.”
More than 60 percent of Australians didn’t know that pollen can live on their pets, and just under half (49 percent) don’t know that bacteria can live on their pets too
People often think that pet hair causes allergies. However, some allergies are caused by allergens that are also found in pet dander.
While nearly a third of Australian pet owners brush their pets at home at least once a week, 81 percent do so with just a brush or comb.
This reduces the amount of pet hair they shed around the house; but microscopic particles remain on their pets that can potentially be spread throughout the house.
This lack of awareness of household dust extends beyond pet owners: 38 percent of Australians admit they are only motivated to clean their homes when there is visible dust and grime.
‘It is worrying if people only clean when they see visible dust on the floors, because many dust particles are microscopic,’ says Monika.
“In fact, by the time people see visible dust in their home, there’s a good chance there’s dust mites in your home.”
This lack of awareness about household dust extends beyond pet owners: 38 per cent of Australians admit they are only motivated to clean their homes when there is visible dust and grime
But year after year, more people are vacuuming some of the often overlooked spaces, including their mattresses and sofas when cleaning the house.
Still, 77 percent of owners don’t vacuum their mattress, which is even more concerning when you consider that 45 percent of pet owners share their beds with their pets.
“We hope this research inspires you to think about what’s in the dust in your home,” says Monika.
Just because it’s out of sight doesn’t mean it has to be out of mind. The microscopic dust particles such as pet dander and dust mite allergens may have a greater impact on your health and well-being than particles that you can see with the naked eye.’