Here’s the problem. It is easy to tell when it’s time to clean the carpet in your family room, hallway, or foyer. It looks visibly soiled. But what about the carpet in your bedroom? Tracked in soil, food and drink spills are not usually a problem. So you might not think your bedroom carpets need to be cleaned as often as other parts of your home. But it’s not what you can see that causes all of the problems.
Consider that your bedroom is the place where you sleep, dress and groom. You spend as much as 40% of every 24-hour day in the bedroom. Body oils, perspiration, dead skin, shed hair, particles from coughing and sneezing, residue from showering and the moisture it generates makes the bedroom one of the most heavily soiled carpets in your home! Not to mention all of the sprays, lotions and gels we use when grooming. It’s no surprise that much of this ends up in your carpet. Trouble is, you can’t see these soils. But they are there.
All bedrooms that are occupied on a regular basis share the same problem. Tiny particles of organic matter adhere to carpet, bedding and other soft goods. And don’t think that your bed sheets prevent it. Perspiration, body oils and even dead skin cells make it past the sheets, settling into the mattress and pillow. Surprisingly, the average person sweats between 8 and 16 ounces every night! Our sweat contains a variety of salts, proteins and oils. All of these organic soils become a food source for bacteria, fungi, and dust mites that produce waste, releasing odors and troublesome allergens.
The highest population of dust mites in your home is found in the bedroom with a whopping 60% in bedding. This is because the 3 things a dust mite needs to survive are in found there. We provide food. Dust mites live on the millions of dead skin cells we shed every day. Moisture is provided by showering, breathing, and of course, perspiration. Our body heat conveniently provides the warmth they need.
All of this makes the bedroom the perfect environment to raise healthy, happy dust mites. If you are one of the millions of Americans who have allergies, dust mite droppings could be a major cause of your suffering. Dust mite feces is one of the most potent allergens known to medical science, and is a major component of household dust.
Eliminating dust mites is not realistic. There are too many of them, and even if you did kill all of them, it wouldn’t be long before there were more to replace them. So control of the mites and a reduction in their waste is your best bet. Vacuuming the carpet in your bedrooms is an obvious thing that you can do. But most people do not think about vacuuming their mattress.
Make sure that your vacuum cleaner is not part of the problem. Use a good quality vacuum cleaner with “micron” or HEPA filtration. Otherwise the tiny particles will pass through the vacuum cleaner bag and into the air. Thoroughly vacuum your mattress once every 3 months or more often if you suffer from asthma or allergies. To treat bed linens, simply wash them as you normally would, and dry in a hot clothes dryer for about an hour. Temperatures above 140 degrees kill dust mites. If your pillow is washable, give it the same treatment as the linens. You can also get specially-designed pillow cases and mattress covers that prevent allergens from penetrating. These covers can be removed and laundered with your other linens to create an effective barrier to allergens.
Does anyone in your home regularly wake up congested and sneezing? We can help. If you really want your house to be clean, fresh and healthy, include the bedrooms in every carpet cleaning. We can also clean your mattresses. You may find our detailed cleaning helps alleviate your symptoms. You’ll breathe easier, sleep better, and wake up more refreshed. We can help! Call KleenRite today at (217) 351-4930.