This article is not very glamorous, but contains absolutely crucial information: how to keep a clean and hygienic bed and bedroom. An adult sweats up to half a liter of water every night and leave small flakes of skin that attract microscopic dust mites. It’s a horrible thought, but dust mite, which is smaller than the width of a human hair and invisible to the eye is fixed on our beds and secrete fibers guanine – a substance containing saliva and droppings. It is the microscopic dust that can cause health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and eczema, especially to those prone to allergies. But the good news is that mites can be controlled by following a simple and effective cleaning regime. Read on to find out how.
Protect all mattresses
Use protective covers for mattresses. Change them once a month and wash them at 60 degrees; mattresses should be vacuumed on a low pressure, using the crevice tool to remove dust. Do not forget to vacuum well under the bed, and also in any storage boxes. A good idea is to buy spare protective covers for mattresses as so you can remake the bed immediately, no waiting to finish washing the one you just took off.
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Protect all pillows
Use protective covers for pillows, change them once a month and wash them at 60 degrees. As with mattresses, a good idea is to buy protective covers for pillows reserves.
Keep clean headboard
If the headboard is covered in fabric, this should be vacuumed once a month to remove any signs of dirt with a special solution for upholstery.
If the headboard is made of wood and / or metal dust must be cleaned and polished.
Care tips sheets
Blankets and pillows should be aired regularly (hung outside the house, if possible) and clean them at least every six months. Some can be washed at home, while others require professional cleaning. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and washing. Many domestic dishwashers are not large enough even for a single duvet, so a large object may need to be cleaned or washed in a laundry.
Washing bedding is recommended to be done once a week (twice, if the weather is hot). In general, pure cotton, linen and polyester cotton should be thoroughly washed at 40 degrees (so the mites are killed and disposed). However, many detergents are very advanced now, which means that if you wash at 30 degrees, you can save energy. It is advisable to check the care instructions carefully before washing.
Keep your things white
To help keep your shiny white bedclothes, use a detergent with “white” and brightening agents. Remember not to use it on colored bedding – use a special detergent for colored laundry, one that does not contain whitening agents that can hurt those colors.
Fold bedding in a manageable size for the ironing board and iron the linen with the straight side out. Indeed, it is worth investing in a good ironing board, also an good quality iron steam. Preferably one with a large tank of removable water (avoid pressure irons, because you can wait up to 20 minutes for the pressure to reduce before you can refill the tank).
And as a conclusion, linen scented waters are great for use as a final spray, but spray them by hand, rather than iron.