Why we should try to keep bedrooms dust and allergen free,
If anyone in your family suffers from allergies, it’s important to try and reduce allergens in the air and on surfaces, to lower the risk of an allergic reaction.
Tips to reducing allergens in your bedroom:
Keep your bedroom clean
Wash all bed linen once a week on a hot wash (at least 60ºC) to kill dust mites.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to clean carpets
Use a Dettol antibacterial surface cleanser or surfaces wipes to remove any pollen, pet hair and dust mite debris from hard surfaces.
Fit mattresses, duvets and pillows with dust mite impermeable covers
Choose lightweight washable cotton curtains, vertical blinds or roller blinds if possible - horizontal blinds and shutters will collect more dust. Always clean blinds with a damp cloth.
Keep your bedroom tidy
Soft furnishings are a haven for dust mites. Throw away anything that you don’t need, and try to keep cushions, pillows and blankets to a minimum.
It’s useful to keep out of season clothes in vacuum zip bags to keep dust at bay.
Avoid storing items under the bed – boxes and suitcases are harder to vacuum around, meaning dust mites and allergens can collect.
BY STEPHANIE E. HEMEN