Are You Controlling Allergens in Your Bedroom?

 

We spend approximately one-third of our time in the bedroom. Dust mites and mold – both of which are common indoor allergens – thrive in furniture, carpets and bedding. They love moisture! You can reduce these allergens by taking some simple steps, including regular cleaning and using CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products.

beddingProtect and maintain your bedding.

  • Cover your mattresses and pillows with CERTIFIED allergen-barrier covers. This includes box springs.
  • Replace your pillows every two years. After two years, 10% of the weight of your pillow can be from dead dust mites and their droppings. You can’t see them, but they are there.
  • Replace your mattresses every 10 years.
  • Wash sheets, pillow cases and blankets weekly in hot, soapy water (130°F). Dry them in a hot dryer cycle.
  • Vacuum your mattress weekly.

air-filtersUse CERTIFIED air filters and air cleaners.

flooringClean your bedroom floors weekly.

  • If possible, remove carpet. Dust mites can’t grow on hard surfaces like wood floors.
  • If you can’t remove carpet, be sure to vacuum weekly with a CERTIFIED vacuum. Also have your carpets professionally cleaned by a CERTIFIED company a few times per year.
  • Remove shoes and clutter to keep your floors clear.

petsKeep pets out of your bedroom to reduce pet dander in your bedding.

certification-dog

Pollen collects on animal's fur. Wipe your pets down with a towel after playing outside and keep them out of your bedroom.

windowKnow when to have your windows open or closed.

  • Keep your windows closed during high pollen times or during bad outdoor air quality alerts.
  • Check your bedroom windows for condensation (water) during the winter. You may need to open the window for short periods to improve air circulation. Promptly remove any mold growth.
  • Use washable window treatments.

reduce-moistureReduce moisture in your bedroom.

  • Keep the humidity in your home below 50%.
  • Run a fan in your bathroom at least 15 to 20 minutes after showering.

CERTIFIED Bedding Products

Use CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® bedding products because they are proven to reduce your exposure to dust mites, meet standards for comfort and hold up to washing/cleaning requirements. The following bedding products are CERTIFIED:

*Check each specific product. Not all products by this brand are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®.

To help you make informed decisions, we have CERTIFIED more than 200 products. When you are shopping for products for your home, look for the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark. It means we certify that the product passed our standards to reduce exposure to allergens and improve air quality.

Visit aafa.org/certified to search for CERTIFIED products and learn more about the asthma& allergy friendly® Certification Program.

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