Cleaning to Rid Your Home of Harmful Allergens

August 12, 2013 by  
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Allergy sufferers may be surprised to find that the place where they have the most problems with allergies is their own home. It is important, of course, to avoid or limit exposure to things that trigger allergies while at work or in other locations, but you probably spend most of your time at home. It’s where you have meals, spend time with your family and sleep. You do a lot of breathing in your home. The best way to fight allergens in your house is to keep it clean and tidy.

Sleep Tight Without Dust Mites

Change your bedding at least once per week. You spend approximately one-third of your life in your bedroom. Lots of dead skin cells, dust, pet dander and other allergy triggers build up in your bedding over time. For the best results, wash your bedding in hot water. If you wash the bed linens in cold water, drying outdoors in the sun can help kill dust mites. Severe allergy sufferers may need to encase their pillows and mattresses in allergen barriers in order to get a handle on their symptoms.

Curtains and Carpets are Common Culprits

Any fabric surface in your home has the potential to house dust mites, pollen, pet dander and other allergens. Rid your home of any unnecessary fabric, especially carpet and drapes. Window shades are easier to clean with a simple dusting or wipe down. If you like the look of drapes, opt for lightweight curtains that can hold up to frequent washings.

Remove carpet if at all possible. Hard floors like wood, tile or linoleum are a cinch to wash and don’t retain moisture like carpets do after cleaning. Every few months, try a floor scrubber rental to deep clean your hard floors. If you want to keep your carpet, treat it with allergen-reducing products and vacuum 1-2 times per week using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You may want to wear a dust mask when vacuuming since the circulating air can stir up dust.

Air It Out

Indoor air can often be more polluted than the air outdoors. To keep the air in your home as pure as possible, open the windows to let in fresh air. This will also reduce humidity in your home. On high pollen days, keep the windows closed and instead use a dehumidifier and air purifier. Cover your heating and cooling vents with allergen-reducing filters to clean the air before it comes into your home.

These steps can help you to avoid unnecessary discomfort and suffering. Give them a try and you could soon be breathing more easily and enjoying your home far more than in the past.

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