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  • Better Sleep: The Key to Back to School Success

    With summer winding down, it’s time to shop for back to school supplies. Considering the sizeable investment (especially if you have multiple children), it makes sense to spend your money wisely. In other words, you want to buy back to school stuff that helps ensure scholastic success.

    So, when shopping for the right clothes, electronics, pens, backpacks, and more, don’t forget one of best ways to give your kids an edge in class: better sleep.

    According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, “Inadequate sleep appears to affect the brain's ability to consolidate both factual information and procedural memories about how to do various physical tasks.”

    The reason is that “During sleep, your brain is taking your memories, reactivating and looking at them again, and storing them in a more efficient and effective form.”

    Despite the direct correlation between sleep and scholastic success, Harvard’s studies suggest that only 11 percent of American college students get adequate rest. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, only 27% of high school students get the right amount of sleep.

    So how can you help ensure your children get the quality rest they need? Whether you have a child going off to college, or want your elementary, middle, or high school student to sleep better at home, here are some things you can do:

    Mitigate Allergens: Few things interrupt sleep like allergies. Unfortunately, a typical mattress and pillow act like a veritable magnet for dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. And that’s not even considering what may lurk in college dorm room mattresses. Fortunately, the problem is easily solved with the installation of a mattress protector and pillow protector. Placed directly over the mattress and pillow (underneath the sheets and pillowcase) they seal in allergy inducers that would otherwise be sitting inches away from your child’s nose and mouth. In addition to that, many high-quality mattress and pillow protectors guard against spills which can seep into mattress and pillow fibers to cause mold.

    Prevent Bed Bugs: Let’s talk about that college dorm room mattress again. With all the people moving in this fall, it’s virtually impossible for a bed bug or two to not hitch a ride. Thankfully, high-quality mattress encasements and pillow encasements also seal out bed bugs (as well as seal in bed bugs which may already be hiding in the mattress).

    Provide More Comfortable Bedding: Especially in environments without adequate indoor climate control, as a student can get poor sleep because he or she is hot and/or sweaty at night. A way to help combat this is with sheets that can help manage temperature as well as wick away moisture.

    Reduce Distracting Noise: Particularly in a college dorm environment (or at home with rambunctious siblings), extraneous noise can make it hard to sleep. One solution is playing music, audio books, or soothing sleep sounds in the bedroom.

    Healthy Sleep Products - Part of Your Back to School Shopping List: We recommend the following Protect-A-Bed offerings to help your children get better sleep during the school year:

    We hope you found these back to school ideas helpful!

     

  • Protect-A-Bed Supports Ronald McDonald House With Mattress Protectors

    As seen in Sleepopolis.

    Protect-A-Bed, a bed protection innovation company, provides mattress protection, accessories, and sleep technology to its consumers. Now, it can add philanthropic deeds to that list.

    Protect-A-Bed just announced it will be donating mattress protectors to the Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) in Greenville, South Carolina as the house expands to reach more families. The charity recently built a 15-room, 21-bed add-on to their facility, which doubles the number of families they can serve. The expansion cost $3.5 million.

    If you’re not familiar with RMHC, one of their main services is to provide homes to families whose children are hospitalized at a nearby healthcare facility, so the families can stay together and avoid expensive lodging fees.

    A BEDDING COMPANY GIVES BACK

    Once the RMHC expansion was completed, the charity approached Protect-A-Bed to see if the company would be willing to donate mattress protectors to help their new beds stay free of bed bugs, spills, and stains.

    James Bell, CEO of Protect-A-Bed, commented to Furniture Today:

    Our mattress protectors effectively extend the lifespan of a mattress as well as provide a healthy, clean and comfortable sleep environment. As we know from the hospitality industry, premature replacement of bedding due to spills, accidents, and bed bugs represents a significant cost.

    John Rachid, President of Protect-A-Bed, responds:

    The families that Ronald McDonald House serves are going through so much. It’s a little thing, but hopefully having a clean and comfortable place to sleep while they are caring for a loved one can make the process a little bit easier on them. This sponsorship was an easy choice for Protect-A-Bed.

    Protect-A-Bed offers an array of mattress protectors on their website, which ranges in price from $11 to $388. Features include bed bug and dust mite barriers, waterproof covers, and even a “miracle membrane,” which protects against dust mites, mold, mildew, pet dander, and pollen.

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    This partnership is especially interesting to me because most charities have a very tight budget. If a mattress is heavily damaged, it will need to be replaced — which can cost a lot of money. Sometimes you forget that something as simple as a mattress protector can be very important to a charity who should be focused on serving their community, not replacing bedding.

    Plus, it’s always encouraging to see bedding companies emphasizing a need to give back. Research explains that people (especially millennials) are more likely to buy from a brand that supports important causes. From the Warby Parkers and TOMS of the world, to Olive Wren and SleepyCat in the bed industry, it’s important to see companies stepping up and differentiating themselves by caring about both its customer and the wider community.

  • When Your Mattress is Also Your Desk (and Your Couch)

    Sure, standing desks have been all the rage for the past several years. But you REALLY want to know where a lot of work is getting done? Our BEDS.

    Thanks to the wonders of computing, Wi-Fi connections and round-the-clock demands of the workplace, we can go from sleeping to spreadsheets in minutes. Just add coffee.

    And when the sun goes down, we can simply close our work docs, open Netflix or Hulu, and binge-watch our favorite shows with a glass of wine.

    But about the coffee and the wine…

    As hard as we try to avoid the inevitable, at some point we’re going to spill something. And when you’re sitting on what in essence is a giant sponge, that’s not good. Here’s why:

    Stains Can Void Your Warranty:

    Whether it’s Merlot, Starbucks, Diet Coke, or Miller Lite, spilled drinks are going to result in a stained mattress. While visually this might not be an issue since the stain sits under the sheets, a stain will void most mattress warranties. This won’t make you happy if you’re looking to return a $1,500 mattress. Sure, a quality mattress cleaner or mattress stain remover “might” solve the problem, but that’s no guarantee.

    Odors:

    Unlike a stain, one thing that won’t hide under the sheets are odors. It might be possible to remove odor from a mattress, but if you can’t, you’ll need to get used to sleeping on something stinky.

    Mold and Mildew:

    As mentioned earlier, a mattress resembles a sponge…not only in shape, but also absorbency.

    What we’re driving at is while it’s often possible to clean mattress stains and deodorize a mattress’ outer surface, it’s virtually impossible to clean and dry the fibers inside. This is important to know because spills that seep in can lead to mold and mildew. This will not only add odor, but many types of mold spores are powerful allergens.

    Accidents:

    Maybe the SNL skit caught you off guard, or maybe your effort to finish that report before hitting the bathroom was unsuccessful. Either way, there’s another type of “spill” that is equally damaging to your mattress.

    More importantly, it’s just as hard to clean urine from a mattress as it is to clean nacho cheese…and it smells a lot worse, too.

    Use a Mattress Protector on Your “Desk”

    Why risk your warranty by relying on a mattress cleaner, or incur the expense to steam clean your mattress?

    You can stop the problem before it starts by installing a quality, waterproof mattress encasement. It will let you drink and eat in your bed risk free. And if you do spill? Simply throw the mattress protector in the laundry.

    The Ultimate Mattress Protector:

    Whether you’re putting a business plan together, or watching your favorite 80s “rom-coms,” the following Protect-A-Bed products can keep your mattress safe from spills:

    We hope this information is helpful for you and your “office!”

  • How to Remove Odor From a Mattress

    From a mattress cleaner to home remedies, getting rid of mattress odors can be easy.

    Just like your clothing, a mattress can get smelly from repeated use. Unlike your clothing, you can’t just throw a mattress into the washing machine.

    This can be a problem when you have pets, a sweaty sleep partner, a partner who smokes, or possibly a child who isn’t yet potty trained.

    So how do you deodorize a mattress?

    The question is trickier than it may seem. This is because harsh chemicals can potentially leave you breathing in unhealthy fumes when you sleep. Instead, you'll want a milder solution that is still effective. Here are some helpful tips we’d recommend trying every six months:

    NOTE: Always first check with your mattress manufacturer for a list of safe cleaning methods. Also, try any new cleaning method on a small portion of the mattress (like a corner) before using it on the entire mattress:

    Vacuuming the Mattress:

    After completely stripping the bed, a good first step is to vacuum the mattress with a high quality, powerful vacuum using the upholstery attachment. Make sure to get into all the seams and crevasses, and give the sides a good once-over as well. For an extra thorough job, flip the mattress over and vacuum the bottom.

    Distilled White Vinegar:

    Instead of a chemical mattress cleaner, many have found great results mixing equal parts water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the surface of the mattress just enough to dampen it, but not enough to saturate it. Then let it air dry over the course of a day.

    Baking Soda:

    A popular method to remove odor from a mattress is to sprinkle baking soda on it. Use as much as you want, and make sure to evenly distribute it over the entire top surface of the mattress. Let it sit for a day, and if you can, open the curtains to let some direct sunlight help the baking soda work its magic. Then in the evening, vacuum it up.

    Corn Starch:

    Lots of people swear by corn starch as a means to clean urine from a mattress, including its smell. Simply sprinkle the cornstarch over the spot where the accident occurred, and top it off with a few drops of water. Wait five minutes, then remove the cornstarch and blot the spot with a paper towel.

    In addition, many recommend corn starch used in conjunction with the baking soda. Simply sprinkle them on at the same time, and the baking soda will remove odors while the cornstarch absorbs body oils. After letting them sit for the day, vacuum them up before bed.

    Launder the Bedding:

    While you are cleaning the mattress, throw all the sheets, pillowcases, etc. into the washing machine. Wash them on the highest allowable temperature setting, then tumble dry for at least 30 minutes to ensure dust mites and other unwanted creatures are killed.

    Use a Waterproof Mattress Encasement:

    One of the best ways to get odors out of a mattress is to prevent them from getting in. A waterproof mattress protector guards against odor-causing surface stains from spills and accidents. In addition, a mattress encasement prevents spilled liquids from seeping deep into the mattress fibers where smelly mold and mildew can grow.

    A Mattress Protector - Part of Your Mattress Cleaner Arsenal:

    We recommend you deodorize your mattress twice per year. Then use the following Protect-A-Bed products to help prevent odors in the months between.

     

    We hope this information helps you remove odor from your mattress!

  • Make Your Mattress Survive Moving Day

    When moving, we go to great lengths to make sure our belongings arrive in one piece. We individually wrap glasses and plates, we meticulously encase electronics in their original packaging, and we label boxes “fragile” until our Sharpies run out of ink.

    But two of our most important belongings often go unprotected, and in the process, it arguably incurs the most damage.

    We’re of course talking about our mattresses and box springs.

    Since these are sturdy items that are unlikely to break if handled roughly, we don’t always think about protecting them. But in reality, moving an unprotected mattress or box spring is inviting all sorts of damage. Here are some examples:

    Bed Bugs: Ever ask “how do bed bugs spread?” Unintentionally moving with bed bugs is one of the most common ways. While moving truck companies take measures to keep their trucks clean, bed bugs from a previous mover can still find their way into an unprotected mattress. Then they can hitch a ride into your new home, multiply, and wreak havoc on you, your family, and your pets.

    Pollen: In the process of moving your mattress and box spring outdoors, it’s exposed to a higher amount of pollen than normal. If you have a pollen allergy, this can be a big problem since a mattress acts like a magnet for these sorts of particles. Then once you’re moved in, you’re sleeping with a concentration of allergens inches from your face.

    Dust: As with pollen, a mattress and box spring moved outdoors and into a truck is exposed to a higher-than-normal concentration of dust. Dust allergy sufferers beware, as this can negatively impact your sleep.

    Mold: Murphy’s Law, says it will be raining on moving day. And if your mattress gets rained on, or the moving guy spills his Mountain Dew on it, you’re inviting the chance for moisture to seep into the mattress fibers where mold can form. Mold spores are often powerful allergens and can be very difficult to remove from a mattress.

    Dirt: In the course of a move, your mattress is likely to sit on the carpet, the ground, and the floor of the moving truck (which has been walked on countless times). Enough said.

    Odors: Over its lifetime, a moving truck is likely to transport thousands of shoes, haphazardly washed cookware, old couches, and basket after basket of dirty laundry. Lock these things up in a hot box all day, and a truck can get smelly. You definitely don’t want these odors getting into your mattress.

    Use a Mattress Cover for Moving

    Plastic mattress bags are inexpensive, easy to install, and likely to withstand many of the bumps and spills that go along with a move. In our opinion, they are a moving must.

    But for the ultimate in protection, we’d first suggest installing a 6-sided waterproof mattress protector and box spring cover…and then slide the plastic mattress bags over the top.

    Why? Compared to plastic mattress bags, which often close with a flap and are ventilated with small holes, a mattress encasement offers a sealed zipper enclosure that completely blocks out bed bugs, water, and allergens. It practically guarantees that your mattress will arrive in the exact same condition it left.

    The Ultimate Mattress Cover for Moving: Whether you’re moving or not, the following Protect-A-Bed products keep your bedding in top shape.

    We hope this information is helpful for your next move!

     

  • Recognizing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

    When winter weather breaks and spring is in the air, warm temperatures are often accompanied by a host of seasonal allergies, also known as “hay fever.”

    If you want to determine whether you or a loved one is an allergy sufferer, the first step is recognizing the array of spring allergy symptoms that affect people.

    As always, it’s best to speak with your doctor before seeking seasonal allergies treatments. But here is a quick overview of allergens that trigger hay fever, symptoms, and how to identify them:

    Allergy Triggers: An allergy trigger is any substance that triggers an allergic reaction in your body. Between pets, chemicals, and other compounds, the array of triggers is quite vast. But with regard to seasonal allergies, triggers can generally be grouped into two categories:

    • Molds and mildew are fungi that can grow on things like rotted logs, fallen leaves, grasses, as well as plants killed by the winter cold. Spores are the “seeds” which float through the air. When inhaled, many varieties of spores may trigger mild to severe allergic reactions.
    • Pollen grains travel by air and on animals in order to fertilize other plants of the same species. The pollen of ragweed is notorious for causing allergy symptoms. Plants such as tumbleweed, lamb’s quarters, sagebrush, and pigweed are also common allergens. Pollen from trees like oak, birch, and cedar can trigger allergic reactions as well.

    Seasonal Allergy Symptoms: The tricky thing about hay fever is that it can sometimes be confused with a cold or other illness. Your doctor can tell you for sure, but here are some common signs to look out for:

    • A runny nose from excess mucus production
    • Itchy eyes, nose, mouth, and ears
    • Nasal congestion
    • Swollen, red, and watery eyes
    • Dry, scaling skin

    How To Find Allergy Relief

    There are a variety of steps you can take to relieve seasonal allergies. Many of the most effective steps can be taken in the home, which we’ve outlined in our article called Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies.

    Also, as our article It’s ALWAYS Allergy Season Indoors states, “seasonal” allergies take place all year long inside the home.

    To mitigate indoor allergens, one of the best things you can do is to install a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protectors.

    Check out the following Protect-A-Bed products to make your bed an allergen-free zone.

     

    We’re hope this information helps you minimize seasonal allergies allergens in your home!

     

  • Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies

    Every spring, we breathe a sigh of relief as the thermometer finally climbs above freezing. Unfortunately, that sigh of relief is followed by a sneeze and a cough.

    In other words, springtime means trading frigid temperatures for seasonal allergies symptoms.

    While getting rid of spring allergy symptoms can be slightly more complicated than putting on a coat during the winter, there are steps you can take. Here are our top tips:

    Spring Cleaning: To some, spring cleaning might simply mean donating unused clothes and clearing the basement and garage of clutter. But for sufferers of spring allergies, a more literal approach may be necessary.

    A thorough job would include vacuuming carpets with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) equipped vacuum, as well as steam cleaning drapes, upholstered couches, and chairs. In addition, you’ll want to dust shelves and furniture, clean the baseboards, and mop your hard floors.

    Replace Filters: If they’re due for replacement, spring is a good time to install fresh filters in your home’s heating and cooling system, preferably with HEPA versions if possible.

    Consider an Air Purifier: Numerous studies have suggested that indoor air can be dirtier than outdoor air. While most of these studies look at offices and factories, you can apply some of the same wisdom to your home. The EPA, which refers to dirty indoor air symptoms as “Sick Building Syndrome,” suggests air cleaners as a means to improve the very air you breathe for the majority of your days and nights.

    The EPA stresses that all air cleaners are not created equal. You need to choose a model which efficiently “…collects pollutants from indoor air (expressed as a percentage efficiency rate)…” and also draws a high volume of air “…through the cleaning or filtering element (expressed in cubic feet per minute).” In other words, make an investment on an air filter which moves a lot of air and does an effective job filtering.

    Don’t Over Water Houseplants: Your houseplants look nice, and can (in very small amounts) help oxygenate your indoor air. Some studies suggest plants can even help clean the air. Unfortunately, if you over water your plants, the EPA warns “…overly damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which can affect allergic individuals.”

    Maintain Correct Indoor Humidity and Temperature: In the spring and summer, temperatures rise, and along with it, humidity. This is a bad combination because it can lead to the growth of mold and dust mites. For allergy sufferers, it’s extra important to keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. An indoor temperature around 67 degrees Fahrenheit is typically considered comfortable, but below the threshold of 68 to 77 degrees where dust mites thrive.

    Mattress Protector: Your mattress, if left unprotected, will collect a full range of allergens which include dust mites and pollen. That’s bad news because then you’ll be sleeping on the most allergen-rich place in your home.

    To minimize allergens in your sleep environment, consider a mattress protector/mattress encasement, and a box spring cover. These will seal allergens out of your mattress and box spring, dramatically reducing the number of allergens you’re exposed to while you sleep. As a side benefit, quality mattress encasements prevent spills from seeping into your mattress, which would otherwise cause mold.

    Pillow Protector: A pillow can be every bit as good at attracting allergens as your mattress and box spring. Even worse, it places the allergens inches from your nose and mouth. As such, seasonal allergy sufferers would be wise to install a pillow protector/pillow cover, too.

    Allergy Relief Starts In Bed: Whether you suffer from pollen allergy symptoms, dust mites, or mold, Protect-A-Bed products can augment your other seasonal allergies treatments by providing additional allergy relief:

    We’re confident these tips will help improve the quality of your sleep this spring!

  • Hotel Business - Picture of Health: Clean and Healthy Builds Guest Loyalty

    Excerpted from Hotel Business Magazine

    It’s no secret that guests prefer a clean, sanitary hotel room. But beyond a single stay, how impactful is a clean facility?

    Cleanliness is not a “perk”

    According to a Deliotte Study, when guests consider their hotel stays, security, free Wi-Fi, and cleanliness are “expected basic” essentials to the hotel visit.

    Based on Deloitte’s research, business travelers think of a hotel room as a mobile office and require a working environment that is clean, properly equipped, and conducive to distraction-free productivity. Encapsulated in this need is not only proper furnishings and connectivity but a clean and organized environment.

    A Picture’s Worth $1,000

    Research commissioned by Trip Advisor suggests that the average hotel guest reads 6-12 reviews prior to booking their hotel.

    Citing the study, conducted by PhoCusWright, “…more than half of global respondents do not want to make a booking commitment until they read reviews and learn what other travelers thought about the property.”

    53% Of study subjects said they will not book a hotel that does not have reviews. In addition, when reading reviews, people tend to favor those which include photos. Since cleanliness (or uncleanliness) is an attribute that can be conveyed in a photo, the stakes are much higher for a hotelier to properly maintain their rooms.

    Savvy travelers check mattresses for stains and pests

    Evidence provided by Protect-A-Bed’s hospitality partners indicates that hotel guests make a habit of checking a mattress for pests and stains, and if protection is in place to help improve the bed’s hygiene.

    If stains, pests, evidence of uncleanliness or even carelessness is discovered, guests demand to change rooms, have their mattresses replaced, or leave the property altogether.

    Allergens can ruin an otherwise stellar hotel experience

    Over the past 10 years, hotel allergens have become a frequent discussion point. As US News and World Report wrote, “Indeed, one night in a hotel room can lead to swollen eyes, a clogged nose, and a scratchy throat—symptoms that tend to dampen the traveling experience.”

    Naturally, any unpleasant experience or lost sleep is going to negatively impact an online review.

    While much can be done, like switching drapes to blinds, installing hard floors, and discontinuing the use of harsh cleaners, the mattress and pillows can be the worst offenders. Not only are they in consistent contact with guests throughout the night, but their fibrous composition easily absorbs the sweat, dust mites, allergens, bacteria and can act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

    Some major chains have leveraged this market to their advantage by creating allergen-free hotel rooms. These rooms, which feature sleek, clean surfaces, deep cleanings, and waterproof, breathable bedding protection, have seen success in several markets and their numbers continue to grow.

    Cultivate consistent perception of clean

    Training your staff on the best practices for maintaining a clean hotel room always makes sense. Highlights can include:

    • Working from “top to bottom” so that as dust falls, carpets and objects close to the floor don’t need to be re-cleaned
    • Cleaning dust from light bulbs to give the room a brighter appearance
    • Regularly cleaning upholstered furniture, which can collect dust
    • Installing hypoallergenic/allergy reducing mattress and pillow protection

    In this article, caregiver provider Care recommends waterproof, breathable mattress encasements and pillow protectors as a means to enhance a room’s hygiene.

    The article draws on expertise from Karen Mitchell, the director of housekeeping at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, Jerry Messing, the executive housekeeper at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, and Peter Muriello, housekeeping manager at JW Marriott Chicago.

    “‘Using waterproof, breathable mattress protectors not only keeps mattresses clean but also can extend the life of your mattress,’ according to Messing. ‘There are many options that will protect your mattress from liquids and stains, dust mites and other allergens without changing the comfort and feel of your bed.’

    ‘The same goes for pillows.’ Muriello says, ‘Utilizing waterproof, breathable zippered pillow protectors will help extend the life of your pillows and offer your guest clean place to rest their head.’”

    It’s more important than ever for hospitality professionals to provide a clean environment for their guests. Properly maintaining rooms, as well as installing mattress and pillow protectors, can help ensure happy guests and build repeat business. To learn more and explore the options for your property, visit www.protectabed.com/hospitality

  • It’s ALWAYS Allergy Season Indoors

    Starting around March, seasonal allergies become a frequent topic of conversation. Thanks to high pollen counts which trigger the dreaded hay fever, April and May are particularly miserable for millions of Americans.

    So if your personal allergy forecast calls for a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and lots of sneezing, we are here to tell you some bad news: Inside your home, seasonal allergies last the whole year. Even worse, your bedroom is typically a (pardon the pun) hotbed for allergy inducers.

    Fortunately - and unlike the outdoors - there’s a lot you can do to control your indoor environment and mitigate allergy inducers. The first step is identifying the main culprits. Here’s a list of the worst:

    Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms that like to live in your bed. Why? Because their diet primarily consists of dead skin cells that flake off of people and pets. Dust mites are so tiny, you wouldn’t even know they were there…except for the fact that their feces and discarded exoskeletons are highly potent allergy triggers.

    Pollen: Unless you live in a sealed laboratory, every time you open the front door, walk around in your shoes and sit on the couch in clothing you previously wore outside, you’re spreading pollen around your home. Pollen is a powdery substance of microscopic grains discharged from the male portion of a flower or cone. It’s also the most common trigger of seasonal allergies. Once indoors, pollen will get circulated by your home heating and cooling system, and settle on curtains, furniture, and your bed.

    Household dust: The composition of household dust will vary based on geography, the inhabitants of the home, the presence of pets, the age of the house, and other variables. Typically, however, household dust will contain a mixture of bacteria, fungi, insect parts, human skin cells, pet dander, soil particles, as well as fibers from carpets. Most of these components are harmless, but some can trigger allergic reactions.

    Pet hair: According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pet hair isn’t an allergen inducer in its own right. However, the hair can collect potential allergens like pet dander (dead skin flakes), as well as saliva, urine, dust, and pollen.

    Mold spores: Mold spores are another household allergen that can - at best - trigger reactions, and - at worst - be dangerous to your health. Spores can be carried indoors through an open window and door. They can also emanate from inside the home if the humidity and temperature settings are too high, or in the event of a spill or leak is not properly cleaned up. 

    How To Reduce Indoor Allergies

    If you want to prevent allergy symptoms in your home, you’ll want to check out our article <LINK>Top “At Home” Tips for Seasonal Allergies<LINK>.

    The article will outline a variety of steps you can take to make your home more allergen-free. Among the most important steps? Installing a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protectors. Here’s why:

    • Your mattress, box spring, and pillows are virtual “magnets” for allergens. More importantly, no mattress or pillow can be 100% allergen free all by itself. For total protection, you need air-vapor-porous encasements that properly seal and protect the mattress.
    • In the event of excessive heat and humidity in a bedroom, bed wetting, or a spill on the mattress, encasements prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
    • Encasements seal out dust mites, preventing them from populating your bed.
    • If an existing mattress contains allergens, an encasement can be used to seal them in, where they cannot trigger a reaction.
    • Mattress protectors, box spring protectors, and pillow protectors are washable (unlike your mattress and pillows). This helps you further reduce the number of allergens in your bed.

    Allergy Relief Starts In Bed: No matter what the season, the following Protect-A-Bed products can help provide real allergy relief:

     

    We’re hope this information is helpful for minimizing allergens in your home!

  • How to Spring Clean Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

    Spring means peeling off that blanket you’ve been hiding under since Christmas, and finally emerging from winter hibernation. Spring also means spring cleaning.

    So, as you eye up that reorganization of your tool shed, and figure out what to do with those boxes of knick-knacks and mementos, don’t forget to clean the most important room in your home: the bedroom.

    Why? A bedroom that is dusty, messy, and full of allergens robs us of the restful sleep we need to be at our best. Therefore, a clean and well-organized bedroom is vital to health, well being, and relief from seasonal allergies like hay fever.

    Here are our top tips to get your bedroom ready for spring:

    1. Clear bedroom clutter: As practitioners of the art of Feng Shui will attest, a thoughtfully laid out bedroom is important for rejuvenation. As such, random shoes in the corner, piles of clothes on the dresser, and a treadmill that now serves as a coat rack detract from the peaceful feeling a bedroom should provide. Take this time to put clothes away, and remove any item that doesn’t have directly to do with sleeping. Many suggest, for example, that TVs, desks, computers, and exercise equipment fall into this category. Once you remove clutter, you’ll be amazed at how peaceful you feel when you spend time in your bedroom.
    2. Store away winter items: Dovetailing on the theme of clearing out clutter, you’ll want to deal with items in your bedroom and bedroom closet you won’t be using for the next nine months or so. In other words, there’s no real reason to trip over your bulky winter boots all year or have to reach past your puffy coat every time you want to grab a t-shirt. Put these items in a coat closet, storage room, or other out-of-your-way location.

    Make the bedroom allergy-free: If you haven’t deep cleaned your house in a while, chances are your bedroom is rife with airborne allergens like dust, pet dander, and dust mites. Take the following steps to rid your bedroom of these sleep inhibitors:

    • Thoroughly dust wooden furniture like dressers and nightstands.
    • Clean the baseboards, blinds, and window sills.
    • Mop hardwood floors.
    • Vacuum carpets and rugs using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter.
    • Steam clean the carpet, upholstery, and if you have them, the drapes.
    • Wash all bedding, using washer and dryer settings that kill dust mites and bed bugs.
      • Typically, you want the highest temperatures the fabrics can handle, plus at least 30 minutes in the dryer.
    • If it’s due for replacement, replace the filter in your home heating and cooling system (with a HEPA version, if possible).

    Optimize temperature and humidity: As outdoor temperatures and humidities rise so does the chance for indoor mold. Not only can this potentially cause damage to your belongings, but many types of mold spores are powerful allergens. Strive to keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. An indoor temperature 67 degrees Fahrenheit or lower will also help prevent mold, as well as keep you out of the threshold of 68 to 77 degrees where dust mites thrive.

    Start keeping pets out of the bedroom: Fido and fluffy sure love to cuddle, but pets in a bedroom are an allergy sufferer’s nightmare. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says pet hair isn’t an allergen inducer in and of itself. But the problem is that the hair can contain allergy inducers like pet dander (dead skin flakes), as well as saliva, urine, dust, and pollen. In addition to that, pet dander is a feast for dust mites, another bedroom allergen you don’t want around. In short, it’s best to make the bedroom off-limits for dogs and cats.

    Use allergy-free bedding: Since you’re putting the flannel sheets away for the year, why not try some sheets designed to keep you cool and comfortable? Tencel sheets and pillowcases, for example, are hypoallergenic, smooth on the skin, and help manage heat and moisture for better sleep in warmer weather. And if you want the ultimate in allergen-free sleep, a memory foam mattress is the way to go.

    Install a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protector: The same way dust collects on a shelf and dirt accumulates on your couch cushions, airborne particles collect on an unprotected mattress. Over time, this will mean you’re sleeping on a super-concentrated collection of dust mites, pollen, skin flakes, mold spores, pet dander, and more.

    Quality pillow, box spring, and mattress protection will seal out these allergy inducers. And in the case of an older mattress, seal them in as well.

    In addition, a waterproof mattress encasement will guard against spills and bedwetting accidents, preventing moisture to seep into the mattress where mold can form.

    Spring Cleaning Starts In The Bedroom: Regardless what your spring cleaning plans are, definitely make your bedroom a priority. And as part of your spring cleaning plan, consider the following Protect-A-Bed products to help provide real comfort and allergy relief:

     

    We hope these tips help ensure better rest and relief from allergy symptoms from seasonal allergies like hay fever this spring and summer!

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