AllerSafe® - Guidelines for Reducing Allergic Reactions
Basic guidelines have been established by various health organizations, such as the National Asthma Education Program and the National Institute of Health, for reducing exposure to indoor allergens including:
- Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in zippered allergen barrier covers.
- Wash all bedding including sheets, pillowcases, blankets and mattress pads in hot water every week.
- Encase comforters in allergen barrier duvet covers or wash every two weeks in hot water.
- Reduce upholstered furniture and where possible use wood, plastic, vinyl or leather.
- Reduce draperies, wash curtains regularly and use window shades instead of blinds.
- Remove "dust collectors" and clean hard surfaces with a treated cloth
- If you can't remove pets from your home, then keep them out of rooms with carpeting or upholstery and bathe them regularly.
- Remove carpeting, but if that is not possible vacuum once a week with a HEPA type vacuum cleaner, clean once a month using hot water extraction and use a denaturing product that neutralizes protein allergens in between cleanings.
These guidelines may not always be practical, attainable or preferable by some allergy and asthma sufferers. Therefore, we find ourselves compromising or finding alternatives to the suggested guidelines. For example, regardless of how well you clean…
- Dust mite allergens will always exist in your home because they thrive on sloughed-off human skin
- Pets maybe an important part of your life
- Carpeting and upholstered furnishings may be more aesthetically pleasing to you
- Mold and mildew may be unavoidable do to humid climates or areas such as bathrooms and basements.