A Dust free Bedroom for the Allergy Sufferer
By Mercia Tapping
Q. Here are our tips for attaining a dust-less and dust-mite free
bedroom for the allergy sufferer.
A. Clear out your bedroom of all surplus objects. Aim for that "Spartan"
bare look. Less objects collect less dust.
Keep your humidity level at less than 50 percent. A cheap humidity
gauge available from Sears for about $20 will do the trick. Remember,
dust mite allergen does not thrive in drier air.
Eliminate all the dust with a good quality hepa vaccum cleaner such
as the Miele or Eureka . This means using the special onboard tools
to get into those hard to reach places such as tops of pictures
,door headers, corners, blinds, lampshades, underneath the bed or
furniture. Use the hepa vacuum twice weekly. Do not use a cloth
dusting rag, it just redistributes the dust and aggravates your
allergens. An excellent selection of air cleaners can be found at
- Use a 'Swiffer' or 'Grab It' to keep down the dust bunnies
on hardwood floors in between vacuuming. You will be surprised
at how much dust they can pick up, even on a daily basis.
Take out as much carpets and draperies as you can possibly stand,
they are a prime harbinger of dust mites. Just use a little washable
cotton rug by your bedside to save your feet from freezing in
- Wash your bedclothes weekly in 140 degree water [turn up your
water heater setting] to kill dust mites. You can add tannic acid
or use one of commercial cleaners containing tannic acid to eliminate
the dust mites. Just look on the label for the ingredients.
- Use very fine wafer thin filtration material at point of entry
to your bedroom for forced air heating systems. This keeps allergens
from entering the bedroom. If you use fabric that is too thick
the air will not be able to pass through effectively and your
bedroom will be cold.
- Have your duct work professionally cleaned every three years.
Be careful and choose a certified duct cleaner. All duct cleaning
services are not made equal.
- Don't forget to change the filters for your room air-conditioner.
Do you really want to breathe in mold and dust allergens blown
out by a dirty air conditioner?
- Change the allergy control filters on your furnace once per
month. Use the pleated disposable kind such as put out by 3M or
the better electrostatic filters. These filters will catch a lot
of dust at the point of entry into a house.
- Close your closet door. Clothes are collectors of dust and particulates.
- Cover your bed with dust mite covers, and vacuum the bedding
on a weekly basis. We are in process of doing research on the
relative effectiveness of different manufacturers dust mite proofing
products. Much to our surprise there is quite a variation in effectiveness
between them. You want bedding that is impervious to the dust
mites and just does not allow the dust mites to breed-plain and
- Use a vapor steam cleaner on your bedding to assist in killing
dust mites between washes. One of the new vapor steam handheld
devices like the Hot Shot by Eureka is ideal. It is hot enough
to kill dust mites. Take advantage of the freezing weather. Put
pillows, stuffed toys, any thing that could host dust mites into
plastic bags and put them out side in the deep freeze. Yes, the
frost kills those little bugs.
- Use a high quality hepa filter to filter out allergens. Find
one that will do the job at low frequency so that you do not have
to live with noise of a filter at high speed. Several good air
cleaners can be found at The Allergy Buyers Club Store
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