Bedroom Cleaning Tips to Fight Asthma
Date: 06-05-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: Cleaning Tips
We all want to stay fit and healthy but some times it's hidden health risks that can affect us the most without us noticing. Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK alone and can become a real blight on our wellbeing as it effects can lead to a increased sensitivity to coughs and colds as well. Dust or more accurately dust mites faeces is a trigger for up to 90% of asthma sufferers and the place where they are most prevalent in our homes is the bedroom. They live in mattresses, duvets, pillows and bedding, not to mention carpets and curtains. In this article we will be giving our recommended tips for keeping your bedroom and in particular your bedding clean. Although there is not a guarantee this can reduce your asthma symptoms, personal accounts suggest it does work. We believe it makes logical sense that the less dust mites the less chance of a trigger.
Not all bedding which looks and smells clean is free from nasties. There are two options to make sure you kill both dust mites and their droppings when you strip the bed for laundry day. Option one is to make sure your water temperature is above 60 degrees celsius, this should kill anything lingering on the sheets. This is effective but can be more expensive as you up the temp on your washing machine. Option two is to wash at the lower temperature of 30 degrees celsius but to use an antibacterial detergent to rid your bedding of any harmful bacteria. The second option is a great option to not only save money on your electricity bill but more importantly to kill any other bacteria which can promote coughs and colds as well as the mites. Washing bedding at least every two weeks will keep the numbers down even further as male dust mites only live 10-19 days (females up to 70 days). If you can limit the breeding time you can limit to bugs being born.
Dust mites live in all upholstery and textiles not just the bedding. Keeping carpet and curtains well hoovered will keep the level of dust mites down but also making sure to hoover the bare mattress as well on both sides will make an even bigger difference. Reducing the amount of other textiles in the bedroom will provide less places for the dust mites to hide. You can also vacuum pillows and duvets get rid of them but make sure to use a clean attachment.
Duvets, Pillows and Mattresses
You can hoover and clean your duvets, pillows and mattresses just like your sheets and covers but if you haven't had a good bedroom cleaning routine up in till now then there may be a huge colony of dust mites sleeping with you at night and no amount of washing will help. You should replace your pillows and duvets fairly often to not only reduce dust mite build up but also to provide reasonable support for your head and neck (pillows) and keep your duvets comfortable and clean. Experts suggest you should replace pillows every 2 years and duvets every five.
'But the average Brit keeps using them for 3.2 years and 7.6 years, respectively.' -Huffington Post
Mattresses should also be replaced every 7-8 years to ensure you have a decent nights sleep and don't injure your body. It is also a big breeding place for the mites but as per our suggestions with frequent cleaning you'll be good to go.
Prevention is key
If you have invested in new duvet and pillows or even a mattress why not spend a little more on pillow, duvet and mattress protectors. Most are made with an anti allergy fabric which stops the spread of mites but also repels bacteria. Protectors work by being made of materials which are woven so tightly that the mites can not get through them nor can dead skin cells, which they feed off. Some cheaper ones are made of plastics and vinyls but can be uncomfortable for some people to sleep on. Cotton ones are more expensive, work just as well and are more comfortable. You can also buy mattresses that are anti dust mite, bacterial, mould and fungi (another trigger for asthma sufferers), like our Posture Eco Divan . These types of mattresses can really cut down on mites as they start off with a protection in the first place.
You can never get rid of dust mites all together as they are just part of our climate and our homes unfortunately but you can follow these tips to reduce their numbers and help you breath easy. See the links below for more information on asthma and research on it.
NHS- Asthma Information
Huffington Post- Changing pillows and duvets
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
One Good Thing,
Urban Outfitters, Apartment Therapy
Bedroom Cleaning Tips to Fight Asthma
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