Since we spend a significant amount of time in our bedroom, it is important to keep it a healthy place.
- Use an effective vacuum such as a central vacuum system or one with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter built in to limit dust from being blown back out. Vacuum the bedroom regularly, at least once a week.
- Cloth drapes can collect dust and dust mites. Either replace them with blinds or shades, or vacuum or wash them periodically.
- Bedding such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets and duvet covers, bed skirts, pillows, and mattresses collect dust and dust mites. Wash bedding in hot water at least once a week to kill dust mites.
- If possible, wash your pillows regularly (check tags for washing instructions) and try to replace pillows every year to limit dust mites.
- Vacuum your mattresses regularly to reduce dust.
- Minimize objects that collect dust, such as stuffed toys.
- Since dust mites love a humid environment, keep the humidity below 50% (humidity can be measured with a hygrometer, an inexpensive device available at hardware stores or electronics stores).
- If you are allergic to dust mites, encase mattresses and pillows in dust mite resistant covers, available at specialty home health stores, some department stores and online.