AVOIDING PET ALLERGIES IN THE BEDROOM

Simmons
May 10, 2016

People spend about 1/3 to 1/2 of their lives in the bedroom. With that being said, you should view this room as your body’s sanctuary—a clean place where you’re free of bodily irritants. However, cleanliness is compromised when a four-legged bundle of joy brings its unconditional love—and allergens—into the bedroom. In this article we’ll look at ways you can cut down on bedroom allergens caused by pets.

1. Encase pillows, mattress, and box spring in allergen-proof covers.

If you’re looking to cut down on allergens in the bedroom, this should be the first step you take (outside of keeping the pet out of the room). Encasing bedding in allergen-proof covers is a key preventive measure that keeps allergens from sinking deeply into materials.

2. Use a hypodown or down alternative material for pillows and comforters.

While these materials aren’t always as warm as their conventional down counterparts, they are significantly easier to maintain and clean. They usually include natural fibers that combat allergens, especially ones from animals that linger for months.

3. Use a HEPA air filter.

HEPA is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and these filters are specifically built for removing tiny airborne particles like pet hair and dust. They can come in the form of a stationary filter or vacuum. It’s important to clean and replace these filters as necessary to keep them working properly.

4. Regularly wash materials your pet makes frequent contact with.

If your pet has a favorite blanket, pillow, or spot on the rug, it’s important that these materials be washed regularly. Frequent contact with these materials makes for a gradual buildup of allergens that become deeply embedded.

5. Wash your sheets (and dogs) regularly.

This might be a no-brainer, but washing sheets and hairy critters can make a world of difference in the allergen realm. For sheets, recommend that your customer wash them weekly in hot water. This will cut down on the general level of pet dander and dust mites