Keeping it clean between the sheets
Who are you really sharing your bed with this Valentine’s day?
Every night when we snuggle down with a loved one, we’re also getting cosy with hundreds of thousands of tiny creatures, about a quarter of a millimetre long, called the house dust mite. It’s found in all homes, particularly in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing, and feeds off the skin we shed which has been partially broken down by moulds.
House dust mite allergy is very common and is associated with asthma, eczema and perennial allergic rhinitis. In people allergic to dust mite, it is often their droppings which cause the allergy. Each mite produces about 20 droppings every day and they continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite has died.
Beds are the ideal environment for house dust mites to thrive. They love warm, humid environments. It doesn’t take long for the mites, their droppings and your skin cells to build up in unwashed bedding. So make sure that you’re taking extra precautions in the bedroom so that allergy doesn’t come between you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Wash bedding once a week at 60 degrees or higher - Washing at this temperature every week, will help to reduce the house dust mite levels.
- Enclose your mattress, pillows and duvet with allergen barrier covers - This will reduce your contact with the house dust mite allergen. View our endorsed bedding ranges here.
- Invest in anti-allergy mattresses and bedding - View our endorsed bedding and beds/mattress ranges here.
- Leave your bedroom windows or vents open - Keep your bedroom well-ventilated to reduce moisture as house dust mite and mould thrive in moist environments.
- Air your bedding every day - Hang your duvet over a chair daily to air the sheet and mattress on your bed as house dust mites do not like light and fresh air
- Use a bed cleaner - View our endorsed bed cleaners here.
Visit our Allergy House to find out how to manage other allergens around the home. Thank you Sealy for sponsoring The Bedroom.