Allergens in your bedroom

Studies have been made that prove that the place where the most amounts of dust mites gather is in the bedroom, therefore the first and most important room to allergen proof is, well of course, your bedroom. If you are the proud owner of a beautiful pet, you should avoid at all cost allowing it to go inside your room and sleeping or resting on your bed. Dust mites can accumulate in larger quantities than you would believe, studies have concluded that one bed alone can hold up to two million dust mites…. that's a lot of dust! And most of these dust mites are found in the pillows, sheets and blankets. The following are some tips on how to prevent and safeguard your bedroom from dust mites.

  • Use airtight zippered mite proof covers. These can be easily obtained and are a great help. You should also use a dehumidifier in your room. Remember that dust mites love being in warm humid places and your body moisture and skin scales give dust mites all the necessary humidity and food for them to have a hay day. You will need to pay special attention to your mattress too either by using a cover over it or by vacuuming it at least once a week. Most vacuums have a wand or an upholstery attachment and these can be used to get to all those little spaces where dust collects such as in the indented or buttoned areas.
  • Your bedding should consist only of washable linens; this includes your sheets, pillowcases, blankets, comforters, mattress pads and covers. Make sure to wash your bedding linens frequently too, at least once a week. The best way to rid your bed linens of dust mites is by washing them in hot water, you can also use special de-miting products, which not only wash them out but also get rid of the allergenic waste. Finally, tumble dry your bed linen in a hot or warm dryer.
  • Wipe your whole bed down thoroughly with a damp cloth or use an electrostatic dust cloth everyday to prevent dust from accumulating.
  • Avoid storing things underneath your bed. This can aggravate allergies enormously because dust mites will accumulate very rapidly.
  • Don't keep a lot of books, papers, magazines, collectibles, jewelry, potted plants, potpourri, knickknacks, decorative pillows etc lying around in your bedroom. The fewer objects you have in your room the better because all of these things attract dust mites like magnets. Instead keep these kinds of objects inside drawers or closed closets.
  • In the case of children that have allergies, there are certain toys you may want to avoid all together such as stuffed animals. The ideal is buy your children washable toys and store them in a toy chest or to have a separate toy room. If your children like having stuffed toys or animals buy the ones that can be washed and wash and tumble them dry every week.
  • Keep your bedroom aired out, however, avoid doing this in the morning because this is usually when the pollen count is at its highest.
  • Have a person that is not allergenic dust the rooms out on a regular basis (every day is best). Remember to dust underneath the bed, behind the dressers, baseboards, nightstands, toy chests, ceiling fans, etc. If it is not possible for someone else to do this job, remember to wear a protective facemask and to then wash your hands and change your clothing.
  • If your bedroom has carpets, you may want to consider either getting rid of it and using washable area rugs or hard flooring. If this is not possible, make sure to vacuum on a regular basis (twice a week at least).
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