Bedroom & Living Room
It’s amazing when you think about it—we spend approximately one-third of our lifetime asleep. And if you’re like most families, you also clock a lot of time on the couch. To enjoy your bedroom and living room with the intent to keep allergens under control, check out these cleaning tips for springtime and beyond.
Deep Clean for Spring
Use impermeable dust mite covers on all pillows, mattresses and box springs to help reduce exposure to while you sleep. If possible, invest in washable slipcovers for upholstered furniture.
- Reduce clutter by removing and donating unused items that collect dust like books, knickknacks, large houseplants, wool blankets, wicker baskets filled with unread magazines and items under the bed.
- Wash your pet’s bed and pay special attention to their favourite spots to curl up. For example, if the cat’s favorite perch is the windowsill, be sure to carefully clean all windowsills.
- Take stuffed animals for a spin in the dryer for at least one hour on the hot temperature setting to help reduce dust mites that have cosied up in their fluff over the winter.
- Wash winter clothes to help remove allergens before stashing them away for the season. Cardboard holds moisture and is a food source for so be sure to store your winter wear in zippered bags or easy-to-dust plastic boxes.
Keep It Clean Year-Round
- Wash pillow cases, sheets and blankets in 60°C water (or the “hot” setting) every week to help reduce dust mites and pet dander.
- Use a damp cloth to clean all surfaces regularly. Don’t use a dry cloth or feather duster because they can stir up dust mites.
- Vacuum carpet and upholstery weekly. And be sure to use one with a filter to trap allergens that can pass through the vacuum’s exhaust.
- Ban the family pet from the bedroom to help reduce your exposure to pet dander as much as possible.