The average person spends around 25 years of their life in bed - and that’s just sleeping
This causes quite a build up of skin, sweat, food and dust, which attract mites – microscopic creatures that feast on flakes of human skin. Their droppings contain a pretty potent allergen, which may lead to asthma-like symptoms, eczema, or sinus problems. So it’s not just about keeping clean, it’s about your health too!
There are some simple ways to prevent this becoming a problem and product strategy director at leading bedding company Silentnight, Angela Moran, has some top tips to make sure you keep your bedroom clean.
1. Wash your bedding, not just your sheets
If left unwashed for just a few months, up to one-third of a pillow will be dead skin, bugs, mites and mite droppings. That’s a fair proportion! So wash your pillows and duvet every two or three months, to get rid of the build up.
2. Give your pillows a spin in the tumble dryer once a month
As well as plumping up the pillows nicely, the heat kills bugs between washes.
3. Replace your pillows regularly
They do lose their support so it is a good investment from a health point of view – but if you’ve had your pillows for some time, it is inevitable that there will have been a build up of skin, dust and mites. Experts recommend you replace them every two or three years.
4. Purchase the right kind of bedding
Some feather and down bedding cannot be machine washed. You could choose a product like Silentnight’s Superwash range, which is machine washable and maintains its bounce wash after wash.
5. Use pillow and mattress protectors
These prevent skin getting into the pillows and should be washed regularly – ideally weekly with your sheets.
6. Air your bed
An adult can lose up to a litre of sweat in one night, so don’t rush to make your bed in the morning. It may look nice, with all the lovely cushions, but actually it is much more hygienic to pull down the duvet, open the windows and let your bed have a good airing while you get ready.
7. Vacuum – regularly!
Carpet is a breeding ground for dust and dust mites. Dust and vacuum twice a week. Include curtains and the bed!
Tips courtesy of Silentnight