If you struggle from asthma and allergies, your home can become a minefield of potential irritants. Your bed is one of the trickiest places to control allergens. Without the proper precautions, your mattress, sheets, and other bedding will become a welcoming haven for dust, dander, and more. Keep your allergies under control in your Bradenton, Florida, home with these smart steps. Covering your bedding, cleaning up your room, and improving your HVAC system will help you upgrade to a more allergy-proof sleeping space.
Cover Your Mattress and Pillows
Your mattress and pillows offer a welcoming haven for dust mites. Those irritating creatures can burrow down into your bed, making a cozy home which can cause asthma and allergy flare-ups. Your first line of defense against dust mites is a zippered, dust-proof cover. Choose a cover for both your mattress and your pillows. The ideal time to cover these items is when they’re new. However, covering an older mattress will still help. Existing dust mites will get trapped inside and die, while new ones won’t be able to access the deep recesses of the bed.
Every time you sit on your bed, dust, dander, and other irritants become airborne. Minimize this problem by covering every part of your bed that you can. Don’t forget to encase your box spring as well. Though you don’t use sheets on this part of your bed, it’s just as welcoming for allergens.
Launder Your Bedding Often
You should wash your bedding at least once a week if you’re prone to allergies. While bedding covers will keep dust mites and irritants from the deeper recesses of the bed, they’ll still get into your sheets, pillow cases, dust ruffle, and comforter. Take these off and wash them regularly.
Use hot water when you’re washing your bedding. This will help to kill the dust mites. If you’re concerned that your delicate bedding won’t withstand the hot water, choose an allergen detergent. This is specifically designed to get rid of irritants like dust mites.
Keep Dust Under Control
While some amount of dust is inevitable in your home, there are several things you can do to minimize the amount that gets into your bed. Vacuum your bedroom regularly to pull allergens out of the carpet. You can track in pollen, dirt, and more on your shoes or clothes. Vacuuming will help keep these irritants out of your sleeping space.
Dust your ceiling fan regularly, so it’s not sprinkling dust and dander around the room with every spin. Spray dusting spray on a pillowcase and carefully place the case over each fan blade. Pull the dust and dirt off each blade as you remove the pillowcase. Dust other flat surfaces in the room often, as well.
High humidity encourages allergens. If your bedroom is very humid, you might have mold taking root around the bed. Damp bedding can give growth to mildew. Consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier in your house to keep humidity levels consistently low throughout. This will help not only with the allergens in your bed, but with irritants throughout every part of your home.
Keep the Air Clean
What’s in your air will ultimately settle in your bed. Keep dust and other allergens out of your bedroom as much as possible by taking mindful steps to clean your air. Change the filter in your HVAC system once every one to three months. If you’re struggling with allergens in the home, you may want to consider adding an air purifier to the system, as well.
Locate the air vents in your bedroom and make sure they’re clean. If your bed is sitting beneath a dusty vent, you’ll have a hard time keeping allergens at bay. Remove the vent and clean the grille thoroughly for fresher air and easier breathing.
With proper care and maintenance, you can create a healthy, allergen-proof sleeping space. If you need a professional hand keeping your air clean, contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715. We can help with everything from annual tune-ups to thorough duct cleanings, so you breathe better.
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