Signs of allergies include things like a stuffy nose when you wake up. Sneezing, congestion, difficulty breathing, and watery eyes are also indications that allergies may be at work. These can be caused, or made worse, by the bedding that is used. While this is mostly a concern in the home, hotel bedding is even more likely to have allergens.
Of course, you wash your hotel bedding, hopefully weekly at least, and that helps to a large degree. Even so, it does not eliminate all the allergens that can cause symptoms.
You could put a plastic bag over everything and hope for the best, but that would not be very comfortable and would be noisy. Still, a covering of some kind is what is recommended most by health officials.
What is called hypoallergenic bedding is a tightly woven fabric. It is woven so tightly, bed bugs and dust mites cannot get through the material and onto the skin of those sleeping in the bed. There are also backings and other covers that can help in the same way.
Mattress overs and encasements work in much the same way by creating a barrier that won’t allow dust mites to reach beneath the covers. This of course assumes the area is clean to start with, which they will be if washed in hot water and a good detergent.
These covers can be put over mattresses, box springs and pillows, and a zipper shuts them up. They can also keep out pet dander, which is another cause of allergies.
Experts also recommend putting these encasements over box springs, mattresses and pillows when they are new to get the maximum protection. This is true for the home, and it is even more true for hotel bedding.
You cannot however, put a cover or encasement over sheets, blankets and comforters. For these you need to use material that will also keep the bed bugs, mites and dander out.
Starting with material that is free of chemicals and dye is a good start for hotel bedding. The material itself is also important. Here are a few types of fabric:
- Bamboo is expensive but is hardy and very good at blocking out allergens. It is also resists mold and mildew.
- Silk resists dust mites, and is a soft hypoallergenic material. It also keeps out the bed bugs and stops mold from forming.
- Cotton is perhaps the least expensive option, but still works well. Organic cotton has the bonus of no added chemicals as well. Keep in mind though, synthetic cotton is not nearly as effective.
- Down is lightweight and is the softest material out there. It is not the best at wicking, and can contain feather dust. Even so it is softer than cotton and almost as budget friendly.