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Bed bugs can not only be annoying, but difficult to manage once an infestation has occurred. There are a number of methods that are recommended for individuals to prevent a decrease the problem from developing in their home.

Bed bugs are called thus due to their natural inclination to hide in close proximity to their meal, in this case the sleeping area of humans. With this fact in mind, people are encouraged to routinely inspect the furniture for any indications of the parasites. Bed linens should be washed and dried in as hot water as possible and dried in the same heat as well on a weekly basis. The pillows and mattress can be placed into special cases which prohibit the reproduction of the red ramblers.

Additional methods include vacuuming the house on a regular basis and thoroughly inspecting all furniture or luggage before entering into the house with it. Travelers should be aware of regions prone to these infestations and be especially vigilant when visiting. There are a number of websites which list hotels and locations where there are current problems.

Consumers have many different insecticides which can be purchased over-the-counter. Some people prefer a natural approach with the use of diatomaceous earth dusted throughout the house.

Infestations are very difficult to get rid of once it occurs and typically require professional help from an exterminator that specializes in these pests. It is important to immediately address the situation as soon as there are indications of their presence.

asthma bedding

The best bedding for people with asthma are dust resistant mattresses. It should be a dense latex or memory foam style mattress, as the padding does not hold, collect or attract dust. For additional protection you can use vinyl pillow protectors and anti-allergen mattress covers.

It is important to take preventative measures to safe guard your home. This starts with finding and providing the best bedding mattresses for asthma sufferers in your home. This will alleviate many asthma symptoms and improve the overall sleep for the individual with asthma. These done in conjunction with the following preventative measures will help create a much more healthy environment.

If you or someone at home suffers from asthma there are many environmental factors that can trigger an asthmatic attack. Things like chemical fumes, dust mites, animal dander, local pollution, smoke, dust, and pollen can make life worse for the asthma sufferer.

Be sure to wash all bedding regularly in hot water and frequently vacuum your mattress, bedspreads, comforters, and sheets. Also do this with all carpeted areas of the home. These preventative measures done regularly will make a huge difference, but so will having dust resistant mattresses. Having the best bedding for the asthma sufferer combined with proper household cleaning will prevent many of the causes of asthmatic attacks in the home.

Taking the right precautions and having the right bedding will change your home overnight. Soon your household will be a safe place where the person with asthma can breathe easy again.

stain removal foam mattress

A stain on a foam mattress can be a headache for many homeowners and individuals. While most sheets and bedding can be washed, it’s impossible to put a foam mattress in a washing machine without damaging it. The following guide provides simple tips for removing stains from foam mattresses.

A stain on a foam mattress can usually be removed with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. One part baking soda should be added to five parts water, then mixed. After allowing all the baking soda to dissolve in the warm water, pour a small amount of this solution over the stain. Allow it to sit for at least ten minutes. Using a vacuum cleaner, suck up all the liquid surrounding the stain. The stain should lift out of the foam mattress.

Some types of stains can be more difficult to remove. Acetone is a powerful solvent and can be effective at removing many types of stains. A five to one mixture of water and acetone can be applied directly to a stain. Allow it to sit for at least five minutes, then blot to remove. Acetone will evaporate over time, so it isn’t necessary to remove all the liquid from the foam mattress.

A thin memory foam mattress may be completely permeable to water. It’s often possible to run warm water through a mattress pad. This is a good way to remove any solid stains from a mattress.

air dry bedding

Can it be true? Do you really need to get some air moving for the health and ‘happiness’ of your bedding? I can honestly tell you that your bed linens should all get a hefty dose of fresh air and sunshine. An even better idea is to air-dry your mattress/box springs if at all possible.

Let’s try breaking it down into some points that make sense.

Linens can become musty, stale and dingy over time. This is especially true when you continuously subject the fabric to the confines of an electric or gas dryer.

If you have bed linens made of fabric that cannot be washed easily you might be thinking that a simple shake and fluff is enough to do the job.

Mattresses may get a quick flip every couple of years-or perhaps, not at all.
Bedbugs, dust mites and other annoying little ‘critters’ can live happily in that dark, secluded and undisturbed bedding.

If you do choose to toss things into the washer and dryer you are boosting your utility bill. Besides that, a dryer is one of the most inefficient and wasteful home appliances. Do you really want to use extra electricity in this manner?

Air-drying will refresh any bedding and it doesn’t cost one cent. When you air-dry fabric you are able to bring the scent of the great outdoors into your home.

So what is a ‘green’ thinker going to do in order to properly clean their bedroom in a more eco-friendly way?

I take advantage of sunshine and fresh breezes whenever I can. When I hang the bed linens outdoors the fabrics dry in just an hour or two. The smell of fresh air and sunshine lingers on the fabric for days, and it makes sleeping a purely joyous experience.

Pillows, mattresses and any fabric covered box-springs will also benefit from a dose of sunshine and fresh air. You can even rinse stains from a mattress/box-springs with a sponge and a mixture of baking soda and water. Then let Mother Nature gently air-dry your bedding before you return it to your bedroom.

Heavy-Duty-Boxspring

Many people question the use of a box spring, wondering what its purpose is. Can’t you just use a mattress? The box spring doesn’t even have an actual spring does it? So why is it important? Some say box springs are a necessity, while others can disagree and say that they aren’t.

Without a box spring, your bed is a majority of the time much less comfortable. The box spring gives the bed a little flex, in which it wouldn’t have if there was no box spring there. Box springs are also used more when using a bed where the frame doesn’t provide enough support. For example, if you have a flexible mattress, it would just fall through without a box spring. This is because the mattress does not have enough material and support to hold the bed up.

However, most modern mattresses don’t need box springs anymore. They now have much more support, in which enables mattress to stay steady not needing extra support from a box spring.

Overall, box springs are very important. However, under certain circumstances, not needed. It all depends on personal preference, what kind of mattress you have, and how sturdy your frame is so you know it will be able to hold it up. Getting another opinion, may be a good choice if getting a new bed or deciding on whether or not to get a box spring.

allergy bed mattress

Is your bed as safe as you think?

Our bedroom is our place of safety and comfort. After a long day at work the idea of drifting off to peaceful dreams in your bed is a comforting thought. But, one question you may never have asked yourself and probably should have is…”Am I allergic to my bed?”

There are literally millions of tiny little bugs, called dust mites, that live in our beds and in our pillows. Their left behind fecal material can wreak havoc on people with asthma or other breathing disorders. Dust mites survive by eating dead skin we leave behind as we sleep. Estimates say there are roughly 12 million of these nasty little devils in our beds. Not a good thought by any means. But what can we do to help cut down on these numbers?

It is advised to change out your pillows at least once a year and keep them covered with dust proof type pillow covers. Regularly wash your bedding in hot water and do your best to keep floors vacuumed. Sprinkling some baking soda on your carpets is said to help. And some people use baby powder on their mattresses. And of course dusting the house with a damp cloth or other device to trap dust is advisable. You will never be able to completely rid yourself of these nasty little bugs, but you may be able to keep their numbers to a minimum.

washing goose down comforters

The best way to care for a goose down comforter is to have it professionally dry cleaned. However, that is both costly and not the best for the environment. Instead, care for it at home.

Set the washing machine on the gentle cycle and fill it with warm water and baby detergent. Let the machine totally fill before carefully putting the goose down comforter in the washing machine. Next, put the goose down comforter in the washing machine. I like to first inspect the comforter for any tears which need to be mended before washing.

After the cycle completes, carefully remove the goose down comforter from the washer. Sometimes the comforter will get stuck at the bottom of the washer, so make sure to take your time and not tug on the comforter.

The best way to dry your goose down comforter is by hanging it to dry. If possible, hang it outside. Otherwise, hang it on a large wall in your home. The comforter should be a single thickness to dry best.

If you absolutely must dry it in the dryer, then do so on the no heat cycle. The heat will harm your goose down comforter. If drying in the dryer, I add several dryer sheets so that the comforter will smell good on my bed.

mattress replacement

A mattress is something that everyone is going to have in their home. When it’s time to get a new one, most people don’t know when it’s time to purchase a new one. Since mattresses only have a limited shelf life, it’s best to invest into a new one at least every ten years to ensure that you’re getting a good night’s rest. I wanted to give you some signs that you should look out for when you know it’s time to replace that mattress in your home.

When is it Time to Get a New Mattress?

Look for pain: Are you waking up in the morning with severe back aches or you just don’t feel as if you didn’t get a good night’s rest? This is one the main signs that you should look out for when your mattress is going bad. As a mattress ages over time, it can lose it’s support as well as sink in some areas making it quite uncomfortable. While flipping the mattress can work to an extent, it will only become a temporary solution.

Look for sagging: Take a close look at your mattress from a distance and see if it sags toward the middle or the edges. If the mattress is starting to sag, this is a sure sign that the springs are starting to go bad. As time goes on, most springs will begin to fail, just making the mattress even worse.

I can tell you right now is that if you get a better night’s rest at a friend’s house or even a hotel, it’s going to be a sure sign that your mattress has to go. Consider using the tips above to see if it’s time for a new mattress.

washing bedding

There are a number of factors to consider when determining how often you should wash your organic bedding. Dust settles on your bed, including the pillows, everyday, while dust mites leave fecal pellets, and other debris in your bedding, including the mattress. Add in your own skin cells and oils, and you have a large mess. For this reason, sheets should be washed a minimum of once a week, with regular detergent, in hot water of at least 77°F. This is hot enough to kill the majority of the mites.

Your sleepwear will also affect the frequency of cleaning. If you wear pajamas to bed, your sheets only need to be washed once a week. However, if you sleep in your birthday suit, you will want to wash your sheets twice a week, or more.

Blankets and comforters should be washed once a week as well, if you do not use a flat sheet. The flat sheet helps to keep the blankets protected from the oils in your skin, as well as dead skin cells. Blankets should be washed every two weeks, and comforters should be washed at least once a month. If you are not sure how often to wash your sheets, and other organic bedding, err on the side of caution, and wash everything once a week.

Pillows should be washed two to four times a year to prevent the yellowing associated with the oils in your skin, and to prevent a build up of dust mites.