Three horror stories to banish from your bedroom
It's the best time of year to curl up with a horror story, be it a ghost, a ghoul or malicious witch. The bad news is there are worse things in your room than any imaginary monster - and you could be sleeping with them, right now.
1. CRAWLING PILLOWS.
You constantly shed hair and skin cells when you sleep, making pillows the ideal place for dust mites to live. So much, in fact, that up to 10% of an older pillow’s weight is human detritus, plus dirt, saliva and bedbugs. On top of that, pillows can also harbor fungi, with some strains ( aspergillus fumigatus), aggravating asthma.
The good news is that it's easy to correct. Down and feather pillows can be gently washed by hand with a powder detergent. Memory foam or latex can be spot-cleaned and aired outside. Polyester pillows can go in the washing machine (two at a time) with a mild liquid detergent and two tablespoons of baking soda, if they smell. Aim to wash your pillows twice a year and replace them when they start to go thin and no longer bounce back when you fold them. Polyester pillows, in particular, only last for two years.
2. CREEPING RUGS
Forget vacuuming - when was the last time you washed your rug? Despite our best efforts, our woven fabrics naturally collect all kinds of dirt, from dust and skin to bacteria, lice, fleas and fecal matter. Even a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner can struggle to shift ground-in dirt, which is why it's a good idea to get them properly steamed. Most domestic steamers now have a carpet option or you can simply rent a carpet cleaner for the weekend (and whilst you are at it, make sure you do your fabric sofa too!) You will be amazed at the difference it can make. Some steamers allow you to add scented water to the machine, allowing you to finish with a pleasant atmosphere.