Arrow Fabricare’s fine linen and bedding cleaning division, Blanc Plume, offers this advice for asthma and allergy sufferers

The 70 million people with asthma and allergies in the United States may find a new bedding certification program helpful. The asthma and allergy friendly certification program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited, has been introducing scientific standards for bedding and other types of products. Medical experts advise that reducing exposure to allergens and irritants, such as dust mites, pet dander and formaldehyde should be a critical part of a patient’s asthma and allergy management plan, the foundation says. Only bedding items that pass the rigorous scientific testing protocols and meet the strict standards adopted by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are certified asthma and allergy friendly.

The standards are designed to ensure that products don’t contain harmful chemicals, can withstand routine machine wash and dry instructions, and under normal use and care, won’t allow household allergens to accumulate at high levels.