Leave Dust…in the Dust
It’s important to recognize that for you to have healthy sleep, you should have a healthy bedroom. Especially if you suffer from allergies, asthma, apnea, or snore, it’s important to create a dust free bedroom for easier breathing while you sleep. Your quality rest and recovery depend on breathing clear every night. When the seasons change from winter to spring in March, there’s no better time to give your bedroom some extra attention with our easy and effective tips to help you inhale a naturally clean environment.
8 Tips You’ll Need for a Dust Free Room
1. Clean Regularly
Ideally your bedroom should be cleaned once a week, from cleaning the floors to dusting the shelves, furniture, and window treatments (blinds, curtains, etc.). But with busy schedules sometimes a weekly clean just can’t be done. In that case, try and keep it to a bi-weekly cleaning schedule. Simply wipe down all surfaces with a slightly damp rag or towel. PRO TIP: Take self-care seriously and avoid sleeping in dust with a weekly wipe down of your bedroom.
2. Wash Bedding
Speaking of sleeping in dust, that’s for sure the case if you’re not washing your bedding on a regular weekly basis. Washing your bedding not only takes care of the dust that floats around your bedroom, but it also takes care of the dreaded dust mites that can lurk in your pillows, sheets, and blankets. According to Medicine Net “wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water (at least 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill dust mites.” PRO TIP: Short on time? Toss blankets and top sheets into the dryer to freshen-up and collect surface dust and dust mites, too.
3. Dust-Deterrent Bedding
Now that you’re washing your bedding on a regularly basis, consider using dust-deterrent bedding as an added step to ensure that you avoid uninvited guests. Sleeping on a dry bed is less prone to those uninvited guests. SAMINA uses breathable materials that don’t trap moisture, which makes a comfortably dry sleeping space. In fact SAMINA’s wool is a natural deterrent to dust mites that colonize in conventional mattresses, which tend to trap moisture. Read more about SAMINA’s dust mite protective materials. You’ll breathe and sleep better using SAMINA’s natural bedding and products! PRO TIP: It’s a good idea to use allergen-free and dust-mite protective covers. In addition, they will help deter mold, bacteria, and mildew, too.
4. Tidy Up
Think of all the items that you have in your bedroom and consider rearranging the space. Having a lot of items in your bedroom creates an environment for dust and dirt to find itself on. If cleaning your room on a regular basis is a struggle for you, consider how much less of a struggle it will be for you to keep your bedroom clean, when you’re not having to clean a bunch of unnecessary items like your yoga mat and exercise materials lying on the floor, or that pile of dirty clothes in the corner. PRO TIP: Keep the floor visible and you’ll have less regular cleaning to do.
5. Pet-Free Zone Bedroom
Your pets are beloved, so we understand how tempting it is to have them in your bedroom. However pet hair and dander (particularly with cats and dogs) can become a nightmare! If you think a nightmare has kept you up at night, pet hair can do the same when you suffer from allergies! We suggest giving your pet a bed of their own to sleep in, outside of your bedroom. If you simply can’t sleep without them in your room (or they can’t sleep without you) try keeping them off the bed, but letting them still sleep in the room. PRO TIP: Make sure to vacuum or wash pet beds regularly. Bathing pets regularly can help remove dander too!
6. Roaches & Rodents
Not exactly your pets, for good reason! But they do have a nasty habit of popping up. And chemical sprays to get rid of them aren’t something you’ll want to inhale. Do My Own Pest Control has a list of organic and natural pest control products that can help with removing them if they have made your home, their home. This site gives you smart shopping options listed by pest and product. PRO TIP: keep food out of your bedroom and in the kitchen to ensure these creatures have no desire to hang out in your bedroom.
7. Check the Windows
We’ve talked about cleaning up and tidying your room but have you thought about your windows? Using heavy draperies are a great way to collect dust and allergens. As a result, this can be the most counterproductive way to cover your windows, when you’re trying to keep dust out. Think about using breathable, lightweight, washable fabrics, that way you can toss in with your bedding when you’re doing laundry, or even hand wash them and hang them out to dry on a sunny day. PRO TIP: If you’re currently using shades or blinds, use ones that can be washed or wiped down with a damp rag on a regular basis.
8. Pollen Control
Pollen is a huge issue for seasonal allergies and spring/summer is a problem for many. With warmer weather, we all have a tendency to open our windows and let “fresh” air in. That’s the easiest way pollen travels into your bedroom. Fans do a great job of adding circulation to your room without the pollen from outside coming in. But have you recognized that the biggest culprit to bringing pollen into your home and bedroom is YOU? Without even realizing it, pollen sticks to you and your personal items while you’re outside. For example, you’ll collect pollen on your clothes, your hair, handbags, shopping bags, shoes, and more. An easy way to keep pollen from getting into your bedroom is to designate a storage area not in your bedroom for those personal items you take outside of your home. See the flowers pictured on the side table in this blog? Don’t bring pollen directly into your room! Keep your dirty clothes in a hamper that’s located in your bathroom or hallway can help keep pollen out of your bedroom and don’t wear street clothes to bed. PRO TIP: For your hair and skin, wash lingering pollens off with a quick shower at night before you go to bed. If you have the time, take a luxurious bath instead for deeper relaxation.
After the Dust Has Settled You’ll Breathe & Sleep More Easily
These 8 tips will help you keep a dust free bedroom that you can enjoy all year long. You should see results in the improvement of allergies and how restful your sleep is when you use these tips consistently. Remember you might not be able to clean your room or bedding more often but by using SAMINA’s sleep system, you’ll have products that self-clean naturally and help you sleep easier without the issues that allergies and dust bring. Learn more about why SAMINA uses wool in many bedding products >>> click here.