Let’s detail our spring cleaning into the areas that are most overlooked until we get to this “every now and then” cleaning ritual. Spring Cleaning is mainly about removing the dust built up since last Spring. The bedroom is a soft place for us to land at night after a long day – right? Well, with that comes a lot of soft surfaces! Take a moment and think about all the areas in your bedroom that have soft surfaces and imagine how much dust they have collected since last Spring? Soft areas, such as the ones we are going to cover, hold onto dust and cause severe allergies during the Spring season. Most of us think spring allergies are just based on outdoor allergens; however, indoor allergens are trapped in soft surfaces of our homes and it’s time to address them.
Curtains and Blinds
Once the curtains are down, let’s address those blinds. If you have the standard wood vertical blind use a microfiber rag and dust them from the top to the bottom on each side. If you notice that it is not doing the job effectively, use your vacuum tool with soft bristles and vacuum the blinds on both sides and then use the microfiber rag to remove any leftover dust.
Comforters, Duvets, Blankets and Mattress Covers
Comforters are another soft surface in your bedroom that need special attention in washing. Most comforters need to be taken to be professionally dry cleaned. (Again – check for coupons with your local dry cleaner!) I know you don’t want to be without your comforter for a night so keep in mind this tip... Most places offer same day services. If you drop your comforter or heavy blanket off in the early morning it’s usually ready by 5pm.
Take any heavy covers and comforters in to be dry cleaned before putting them away in storage so you are not storing last year’s allergens into next Spring.
Mattress covers that are not zipped should be washed along with your sheets every time to keep the dust mites to a minimal amount. Wash the mattress cover on the highest heat setting and we recommend air drying it so it doesn’t shrink (depending on the material).
- Take a mason jar (or any container with a lid).
- Add at least 2 cups of baking soda mixed with Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil (about 10 drops for every 2 cups).
- Then shake the contents together and use a sifter to sprinkle the mixture all over the mattress.
- Let the baking soda mixture set on the mattress for as long as possible....(at least 5 hours).
- Then use your vacuum attachment and vacuum the mattress on both sides if possible.