Home Maintenance: Clean Bedding for Better Health

Home Maintenance

Yes, All Reasons Moving is a home moving company, and we’re so much more! Because we care holistically for our customers — not only at point of move — we post regularly on home maintenance, inside and out. Tips include how minimizing clutter saves time and money, how managing the mechanics of your home — from window runners to kitchen disposals. These not only add to the enjoyment of your home while you’re still living in it, but will also help fetch top dollar upon selling, and keeping down moving costs!

With so much to gain, every small step taken to keep your home fresh, clean, safe and in good repair affects all of these positive outcomes. Renters and landlords also reap tremendous benefits from regular property maintenance.

Take Small Steps.

We steer off a yearly home maintenance calendar provided for us by Kelsey Lane, Realtor with Coldwell Banker, and there are lots of additional resources online and by specific retailers and manufacturers where you can find not only great tips on more detailed maintenance, but also product recommendations. This month’s focus is on linens and bedding.

Kill Dust Mites.

The main reason to deeply clean and air out bedding, whether on your bed or stored in the closet, is to kill dust mites, spores and other allergens. Dust mites are invisible to the human eye, and over time their minuscule droppings and body parts accumulate in the weave of mattresses and pillows, so much that in 10 years a mattress’s weight could literally double from the detritus. Mites feed off human skin shed during the night, and thrive in a moist, humid environment. Studies show that mite populations increase most during hot, humid months.

Wash Sheets and Pillowcases.

The most important thing you can do is wash sheets and pillow cases at least weekly either in very hot water (most home washers don’t get hot enough due to safety regulations), or with mite-killing detergent or additives. Once everything is washed, vacuum mattresses and pillows, then encase them in allergy-barrier casings to prevent mites from making a permanent home in your bed.

Other Home Maintenance Preventions.

Mites don’t only live in bedding, however. If you or family members suffer from extreme allergies, or wake up every morning with runny eyes and stuffy noses consider removing carpeting from the house, or at least from bedrooms, or install a HEPA filter. Pet hair and dander increase the presence of dust mites, pollens and other allergens. Your home maintenance routine should include regular vacuuming and deep carpet cleaning.

Call All Reasons Moving at (408) 351-9515 for a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for all your moving needs.

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