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.

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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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The bedroom should be kept allergen and asthma trigger free. It may be difficult, but it is important to try! 

When we are lying down, our breathing problems often worsen. That is why we should have a clean and safe bedroom. We do need to get a good night of rest! 

Marcia, that's a great question. I think that the replacement will help other things -- like the structural integrity of the pillow. After two years of sleeping on something like a pillow, it may not be offering you the best night's sleep.

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