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How to Prep Your Guest Room for the Holidays

Your Guide to Preparing for Holiday Visitors

If you’re expecting visitors this holiday season, your guests are probably looking forward to spending quality time with you and your family. What is less likely is that they’re excited about sleeping in an unfamiliar bed.  Let’s face it: people’s bedrooms are their sanctuaries, and chances are they’ve worked hard to make the place where they spend one-third of each day feel like home. When planning for visitors, this might be something to keep in mind.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to maximize comfort for your guests, making their nights as enjoyable as possible. Here are our top tips:

Make your guest room functional

Leave plenty of open outlets and a power strip for your guests to charge phones and operate their laptop computers. Clear off the desk if one is available. Leave the WiFi password on a piece of paper, along with pens and a pad for guests to write notes with. Make sure there is a reading light. Nice touches also include a TV to watch, and perhaps a bedside alarm clock. Another helpful tip might be to think of what you find in a typical hotel room and replicate that in your guest room.

Provide ample storage space

Ensure there are open hooks to hang coats, empty dresser drawers, and available space in the closet. Speaking of closets, no one wants to sleep in one. As such, remove as many storage items - shoes, boxes, supplies, etc. - as possible.

Make the room allergy-free

Fall and winter are bad times of year for many allergy sufferers, particularly those who are allergic to dust, dust mites, and pollen. You can help ease their symptoms by thoroughly dusting furniture, plus cleaning the base boards, blinds, and window sills. Mop hard floors, and vacuum carpets using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. For even better results, steam clean the carpet, upholstery, and if possible, the drapes, too. Finally, wash all bedding, using washer and dryer settings that kill dustmites and bed bugs. This typically means the highest temperatures the fabrics can handle, plus at least 30 minutes in the dryer. Finally, replace the filter in your home heating and cooling system. If possible, replace the filter with a HEPA version.

Keep pets out of the guest room

Pet dander is an allergen, as well as a feast for dust mites. In addition, all kinds of dirt and dust can hitch a ride on their fur. As such, make the guest room off limits for dogs and cats.

Make the bedding allergy-free

As with carpet, drapes, and fabric-upholstered furniture, unprotected beds and pillows accumulate a lot of allergens. This can cause issues for those allergic to dust, pollen, and dust mites. To keep allergens to a minimum, use a memory foam mattresses, hypo-allergenic sheets and pillow cases, as well as a mattress protector plus anti-allergy encasements for your pillows. These items prevent dust mites and other allergens from accumulating in the bedding.

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Make the bedding comfortable

For your guests to sleep soundly, provide them bedding that keeps them comfortable, cool, dry, and pain free. This can be accomplished through pillows and mattress covers with heat and moisture management technology, plus sheets and pillow cases that offer “wicking” properties. Also select memory foam pillow and mattress models. Since these adapt to a variety of body types, they can better ensure healthy support as well as proper head, neck, and spine alignment.

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Install pillow and mattress protection

Some preparations to your guest room are for your benefit. In the event young children are staying over, or an adult with incontinence issues, you’re going to want to protect your pillows and the mattress from accidents. A waterproof mattress protector and pillow protector will help prevent accidents and other spills from seeping into the bedding, where it can cause mold and mildew. A side benefit of most waterproof mattress protection and pillow protection products is that they also guard against bed bugs, dust mites, and other sleep inhibitors.

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