The Mattress Organic
by Rhintek, Inc.
8835c Columbia 100 Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21045
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Tips and Tricks to Minimize Allergens in Your Bedroom
The key is to minimize places that allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, and bugs can accumulate. All cloth items should be machine washable, preferably in hot water, to kill unwanted organisms.
- Avoid carpeted flooring. This minimizes dust and places for bugs to hide. Washable throw rugs can be acceptable in most cases.
- Furniture is simple in design and fully enclosed for easy dusting.
- Do not store books in the bedroom.
- The best hypo-allergenic window covers are hard plastic vertical blinds. If you need cloth curtains, make sure they are washable.
- Chairs, benches, etc. in the room should be wood or plastic.
- Enclose TV and electronics to minimize dust accumulation.
- Walls and ceiling should be semi gloss paint or smooth vinyl wallpaper.
- Clothes closet should have a tight fitting door.
- Don't let pets in the room.
- Get a good HEPA vacuum cleaner, e.g., Miele
- Get a HEPA air cleaner, e.g., Sears Kenmore model 85501 (includes odor eliminator)
The hypo-allergenic bed
- The frame is constructed of solid wood, not plywood or pressed board.
- The best bed style is a platform bed with slats made from a hardwood.
- Optimum slat size/spacing ration is 3.5 inch slats with 3 inch spacing. This provides good support yet room for ventilation.
- The frame can be left unfinished or treated with an edible oil such as walnut or almond oil. Edible oils are not recommended for those with sensitivity or allergies to nuts. Please test sensitivity before oiling the bed frame.
- If you want a finished bed, have the frame "breathe" for a few months in an open area not in your living space (attics) to reduce the outgassing experienced by the finish.
- The mattress should be 8 to 12 inches in thickness, preferably organic Talalay Latex layers covered with organic cotton and wool ticking. It should be very soft to maximize the contact between the body and mattress for the optimum support (please see earlier pages).
- Bedding should be organic to minimize chemicals, but best to avoid feather products. Alternative bedding materials such as silk and bamboo might be just as healthy and less expensive.