76 Tips for Home Indoor Allergen Control

Authored by Tom Hefter

The following tips have been provided to promote health and wellness and to assist residents, outside of our service area, in the removal of dust mites and indoor allergens from their living environment. These tips are not intended to replace professional mattress cleaners. Always consult your physician when allergies persist.

1. Encase mattresses, pillows, and box springs, within zippered plastic covers, specialty coated fabrics, or finely woven (pore size < 10) vapor permeable fabrics. NOTE: plastic covers make for noisy sleeping areas and it’s possible that dust mite colonies will continue to thrive within your mattress. All you are doing is placing a barrier between you and them. 2. Most widely reported is the suggestion to use non-allergenic, impermeable synthetic fiberfill pillows (easier to wash than feather, kapok, or foam). *** Recent research, reported at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), shows that synthetic pillows may contain more pet allergens than feather pillows. Regardless of its material, if your pillow is washable, wash it regularly. 3. Thoroughly vacuum mattresses, especially seams, perimeter cording, top, bottom, and sides at least once per week using a vacuum equipped with a certified HEPA filter. 4. Vacuum the mattress then use a hair dryer, blowing on high and hot, placed upon different areas of the mattress, will effectively remove moisture and kill some of the dust mites. NOTE fecal pellets and other microbial allergens will still remain. 5. Launder sheets, pillow cases, and mattress pads in very hot, soapy water at a temperature of between 130o-140o F. However, this also requires raising the temperature of your water heater as most water heaters have a preset temperature to avoid accidental scalding (most important if young children are in the home). Additionally, keep in mind that guanine in dust mite feces is not water soluble. 6. After laundering, hang sheets and bed linens outdoors on a clothes line and in direct sunlight. Continue reading 76 Tips for Home Indoor Allergen Control