With asthma, allergies and pollen season, you can reduce some of your triggers and give your body a rest by creating a "dust-free" bedroom. Dust contains mold, fiber, animal dander and critters called dust mites - who feed on particles in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting/rugs. Warm weather is a great breeding time for dust mites, so you may see particles in sunlight which is the dead mites and thier waste products. Yuck!
So, if you read the guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, you will learn that you should get medical care as needed, but first, you want to try to eliminate triggers from your bedroom.
HOW TO PREP YOUR SPACE TO BE DUST FREE?
- Remove everything from the room (incl. clothing, furniture) as though you were moving out.
- Mop or steam clean the flooring.
- Use a mixture of 1 parts bleach to 4 parts water in a spray bottle and spray lightly on a cloth. Wipe the walls and corners near floor.
- Wash all clothing items before replacing in closet. (*A good time to give to charitable causes*)
- Keep clothing that is not worn frequently in zippered bags and shoes in non-paper boxes off floor.
- Remove wall-to-wall carpeting and sleep in a hardwood floor with rugs that can be cleaned.
- Wipe hardwood floors, tile or linoleum floors with water, tung oil or other cleaning solutions.
- Keep doors and windows closed at all times, except weekly when airing the room out for 2-3 hours.
HOW TO MAINTAIN A LIMITED DUST ENVIRONMENT?
- Air the room at least once a week for 2-3 hours. During high pollen season, try not to open windows as this is another trigger for those with allergies and asthma.
- Clean floors, furniture, door tops, window frames and sills regularly.
- Vacuum (use a HEPA filter) and cleanse floors and carpets regularly.
- Cleanse blinds, curtains or drapes as they gather significant amounts of dust.
- Try to sleep in a wall-to-wall carpet free environment.
- BEDDING: Make sure to encase mattresses and pillowcases in allergen-proof covers that are washable.
- PETS: Keep animals with fur or feathers out of your bedroom.
Just a few tips, and hope you make it through the spring without any allergy-related sniffles!