Today at Home at STYLEanthropy, let’s talk about maintaining an allergen free bedroom. I’ll show you a mini makeover and there’s also a giveaway at the end! A lot of things have changed since the last time I shared with you our bedroom. We moved to a better location, but it also meant a smaller space. To give you an idea, below was the bedroom setup after our most recent move.
As you can see in the before photo, one side of the bed had a nightstand, while the other side had a vanity that doubled up as a desk. I had to place the other nightstand somewhere else outside the bedroom because I didn’t have space for my vanity.
However, if you noticed, next to the desk is the closet door. That meant not being able to open that end of the closet. It took me several rearranging sessions to find the right setup for our small bedroom. And you’ll see the results unfold below. But first, let me show you how to maintain an allergen-free bedroom.
Bedrooms are full of surfaces that attract and trap pollen, pet dander and dust mites, which can disrupt sleep and cause sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throats. So here are ways to ensure you get protected and get a good night’s sleep!
9 STEPS to an Allergen Free Bedroom
1. Wall-to-Wall Carpet is a No-No
But if it can’t be helped, invest in a HEPA filtered vacuum.
When we bought our home in Texas, we put laminate floors throughout the house – including all of the bedrooms.
Carpet is just the perfect hub for dust, dirt, pollen, mites, pet dander, viruses, etc. Allergens and dust mites LOVE rugs!
So you want to minimize carpet and/or rug as much as possible. However, now that we’re living in Pennsylvania and are renting an apartment, we don’t have control over the carpet floor in our bedroom. If you’re in a similar situation or just don’t have the budget to replace your carpet floor right now, invest in a HEPA filtered vacuum instead. Make sure to vacuum at least once a week.
HEPA filters are beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers, because the HEPA filter traps the fine particles (such as pollen and dust mite feces) which trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
2. Avoid Upholstered Headboard
But if you can’t replace it yet, vacuum the headboard regularly!
Strike 2! I feel like it’s beginning to be a pattern here. All of the no-no’s in the bedroom, I’m checking on my list. LOL! I wish I could have thought about this when we purchased a headboard last year.
Yes, upholstered headboard looks fancy and is probably one of the most popular trends in beds for the last few years. But for allergy sufferers, an upholstered headboard is just adding up to the surfaces that collect pollen, dust, pet dander and mites! If you are looking for a new headboard, be open to non-upholstered ones, especially if you have allergies.
But if you’re like me who just got an upholstered headboard or can’t replace it yet, make sure to vacuum it weekly with a HEPA filtered vacuum too. While you’re at it, vacuum or mattress too!
3. No Pets in the Bed
But pets are family. So just keep them clean and well-groomed. 😜
XXX <<STRIKE 3>> XXX | I’m out!
Told you there’s a pattern here and I’m on my third strike! Ideally, you have to keep pets out of your bedroom, more so, away from your bed. Pet dander is one of the popular allergens, and they also bring in the pollen after playing outside, especially when they lay on the grass.
But what’s a fur baby momma got to do? If you have pet allergies, you have to be firm and train your pet to sleep in his own bed, in his own corner. But if you’re not sensitive to pet dander, the least you can do is to make sure your pet is clean and well-groomed.
Make sure you hose down your pet or give him/her a bath after playing outside. I also use either a shampoo-water solution spray or wipes on my pet after each and every walk and potty. I also have a towel for wiping him down every time he gets back inside. Give your pet a bath every week. Also, brushing his/her coat often, in between baths, will keep shedding and pet dander at bay.
4. Wipe and Disinfect Furniture and Surfaces Regularly
As much as possible, opt for scent-free and all-natural cleaners.
Furniture collecting dust will only aggravate your allergies. Make sure to regularly clean furniture and surfaces like blinds, ceiling fan, lamps, tables, windows, etc. Do this at least every week. For surfaces that are easier to access like night stands and other things on top of it, dust and wipe every couple of days or as you see fit. Opt for scent-free and all-natural cleaners to avoid chemicals and more allergens from fragrances.
5. Keep Nightstand Clutter-free
Simplify your nightstand with less decor/objects.
You’ve seen your favorite lifestyle bloggers dress up their nightstands with stacks of books, fresh flowers, tons of candles and what not. While they are pretty to look at, inspiring you to follow suit, I suggest you don’t. Hear me out.
- Fresh flowers = pollen = allergen
- Fake flowers = fabric = another place for allergens to cling to
- Candles = fragrance = allergen
- Books = another spot for allergens
The more decorative objects on your night stand, the more places for allergens to penetrate. Allergens and dust mites love fabric lamp shades, books and throw pillows. Minimize these items in
bedrooms for better sleep and sniffle-free mornings. Try to keep your nightstands simple and use decorative elements that you can easily wipe.
Place other decorations elsewhere, outside your bedroom. Decorate your living room end tables instead. Or if you have an entry console table, that would be a great spot to decorate.
While we are in the subject of minimizing items in your bedroom, another thing to consider is to remove storage under the bed. Bed bugs love to hide in them!
So for this mini makeover, I tried to simplify as much as possible. I tried my best to minimize the decor and remove all the bells and whistles…
No more than 5 items on top of the table. No more flowers in the bedroom – they belong in the living room now. Books were kept/displayed elsewhere. I only left one book, encased in a hardbound sleeve, as you can see below. No more candles, unless they have lids or cover.
6. Opt for Blinds than Curtains
But if you want the look of curtains, go for lighter ones that you can wash regularly.
Another place where allergens can hide are in curtains and throws, like the faux fur one I have in the photo below. So to minimize the places where allergens can live, remove throws and opt for blinds, instead of curtains. There are pretty nice blinds available in the market now. You can easily wipe them to get rid of dust and pollen.
BUT, if you absolutely like the look of curtains, opt for ones that you can toss in the washer easily and regularly. It may not be too obvious in the “before” photo below, but that white curtain is pretty thick and of heavier fabric. Other heavier curtains are spot-clean or dry clean only, which means not being able to wash them often or at all.
7. Use a 6-point Zippered Mattress Protector
Cover your mattress and pillows with an allergen barrier bedding!
The average bed contains 100,000 to 10 million dust mites, which can significantly impact your health and
comfort while sleeping. The body sheds millions of skin cells every day, many of them in bed, which makes
an ideal environment for dust mites. Allergy-sufferer or not, nearly everyone can be affected by dust which collects in unprotected pillows, mattresses and plush surfaces.
Hypoallergenic fiber does not stop the collection of dust, pet dander and other allergens. Only allergen
barrier products prevent allergen and dust buildup, through tightly-woven or laminate fabrics. So I suggest getting an AllerEase mattress protector.
Unlike other mattress protectors, AllerEase covers all 6 sides of the mattress, so bed bugs and other allergens cannot penetrate the mattress. Of course, like your regular bedding, you need to wash the cover regularly and you can/should use hot water to kill any germs and bacteria that may have come into contact with the outside surface of the cover.
I still use bed sheets on top of this mattress protector, in case you were wondering whether to use this in place of a bed sheet or not.
AllerEase Features Include:
- Complete Protection: Allergen barrier fabrics designed with a zippered closure to ensure 100 percent protection on all sides of your mattress and pillows.
- Bed Bug Barrier: Designed with bite-proof fabrics, sealed seams, and specialized zippers to protect against bed bug infestation. FYI, this protector does not kill bed bugs. It only protects your mattress and pillows. So if you have bed bugs in your bedroom, you’ll need to do the necessary steps to get rid of them.
- Hot Water Washable: Enables products to be washed in hot water to kill germs and bacteria, including staph and E. coli.
- Organic Cotton: Processed without bleach, harsh dyes, and chemicals, AllerEase’s organic cotton fabrics breathe naturally and don’t trap body heat or moisture, while the tightly-woven fabric prevents the collection of household allergens.
- Waterproof: Designed with impenetrable fabric complete with a zippered closure to prevent spills and stains from ruining your pillows or mattress.
- All products are backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal.
8. Wash Bedding Weekly
Wash pillows monthly.
According to a recent survey conducted for AllerEast this Spring/Summer 2016 allergy season, 6 in 10 women do not wash their bedding frequently enough (once per week) to prevent the buildup of dust mites and household allergens.
When we go outside, microscopic allergens like pollen, cling to our hair and clothing. So if you’re not following THESE TIPS I SHARED in this post, then chances are, you’re bringing allergens to your bed! You have to wash your bedding once a week and your pillows monthly. Make sure you wash them in hot water. That’s why I recommend the AllerEase products because they are hot water washable. Other sheets shrink or wear easily when washed in hot temperature water. Other pillows can’t be washed at all.
9. Invest in an Air Purifier
And switch to home air filters designed for allergens.
An air purifier removes contaminants from the air in a room. It is beneficial to allergy sufferers and asthmatics.
Opt for a HEPA air purifier with a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
On the other hand, check your air conditioner filters at home. If you are an allergy sufferer, it’s best to switch to a filter that’s designed to trap allergens.
Mini Makeover to Achieve Allergen Free Bedroom
To start with our mini makeover, we did some major cleaning – vacuuming, dusting, wiping, and washing our sheets and AllerEase mattress protector and pillow protectors. Then, we added new allergen barrier bedding, thanks to AllerEase!
Disclosure: I was provided with compensation and AllerEase products to share my bedroom makeover. However, all opinions are my own.
Since our mattress has been with us for about 6 years now, it’s nearing it’s retiring age. Usually, it is recommended to replace your mattress every 8 years. We thought a new mattress topper or pad would help with any signs of wear.
As soon as we placed the new mattress pad over our AllerEase mattress protector, we immediately felt that “new” and “soft cushion” feeling. We slept so well that night! Thank you AllerEase!
I couldn’t be happier with how comfortable and soft they are! Our new AllerEase pillows feel amazing – like I’m sleeping in a fancy hotel!
As you may have noticed, another thing I’ve changed in the bedroom is moving the vanity elsewhere. That way, I can have my nightstand back in the other side of the bed.
At the same time, the vanity has way too many products that can collect dust. And we don’t want that next to our bed! Instead, I found a small corner of the room to put all of my beauty products and accessories. I also got new wall shelves to add more storage that a beauty blogger needs!
We also mounted our TV instead of putting it on a console or table like before. We needed to make room in a smaller bedroom, and it also helps minimize furniture that collects dust.
Our new bedroom setup – simpler, less clutter, cleaner, comfortable and allergen-free!!!
Now the moment you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway!
AllerEase Mini Bedroom Makeover Giveaway
All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to join through the widget below. One lucky STYLEanthropy winner will win:
- Hot Water Washable Comforter
- (2) Hot Water Washable Pillows
- (2) Maximum Pillow Protector
- Maximum Mattress Protector
That’s a lot, guys! I suggest you enter now and share with family and friends too. Contest ends June 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. Good luck!