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How should I choose and clean a carpet for my bedroom?

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Carpet is a popular place for dust mites. Consider replacing it in your bedroom with hardwood floors or linoleum and washable area rugs.

If you must have carpet in your bedroom:

  • Choose the low-nap or low-pile kind, which holds fewer allergens.
  • Clean it using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and a double bag every week. Wear a dust mask while you vacuum so you don’t inhale dust that floats up into the air.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI.org): "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergens."

CDC: "Facts About Mold and Dampness."

MedlinePlus: "Indoor Allergies Common in Winter."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Allergy-Proof Your House."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI.org): "Tips to Remember: Indoor Allergens."

CDC: "Facts About Mold and Dampness."

MedlinePlus: "Indoor Allergies Common in Winter."

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research: "Allergy-Proof Your House."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 22, 2019

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