Time time of year, allergies are a big concern for most people. If you or one your of family members has indoor allergies, here are a few helpful tips to help protect against allergy symptoms.
Dust mites are a big cause of allergies in your home and regular dusting will help keep them under control. Dust your home with a dusting cloth that traps the dust instead of spreading it around. If you have hard floors, remember to dust under furniture where it may be hard to sweep.
Carpet is one of the largest filters in your home. As air moves through your house your carpet acts as a filter, trapping dust and dirt. It is recommended that you vacuum once every week to keep your carpet clean and free of dust and allergens. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter will keep the vacuum from releasing dust back into the air.
3) Keep your mattresses and pillows clean
Wash bedding often, including the comforter and blankets. Pillows and mattresses also need to be cleaned regularly. Using a mattress cover and pillow covers that protect against dust mites is a great way to prevent allergy symptoms.
4) Reduce Pet Dander
Most Americans have pets in their home, but pets can be a major source of allergy symptoms. If you have a pet in your home, you may want to vacuum twice instead of once a week, and dust more often. It’s also good to keep your pets out of bedrooms since you’ll spend 1/3 of your day in that room sleeping. Make sure to wash pet beds, and clean cages and litter boxes often. If your pet has a accident on your floor or carpet, be sure to clean it promptly.
5) Shut Out Pollen
When pollen counts are high, it’s a good idea to keep doors and windows closed, in your home and in your car.
6) Reduce Mold
To keep mold from growing in your home, you need to keep moisture levels low. Use a vent fan in your bathroom while bathing or showering. Be sure to close your shower curtain and leave your bathroom door open when you leave the bathroom, to let out extra moisture. Check for leaky pipes and fix them. Also, if you have a basement that tends to collect moisture or the humidity in your home is really high, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier to control the moisture.
7) Professional Cleaning
In addition to vacuuming often, it’s recommended that you get your carpets professionally cleaned every 12-18 months. Professional cleaning extracts the dirt and germs that a regular vacuum cannot, which is extra helpful if you are suffering from allergies. It’s also recommended that you get your upholstery professionally cleaned, as dust, pet hair and pet dander can get linger on furniture.
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