Allergy season is officially here. While it may seem like there is nothing you can do about allergens, there are some things you can do to combat allergy attacks in your home. Here are a few things you can do to help keep allergies at bay this season:
- Know what to avoid. Sometimes the cleaning products themselves can contain irritating ingredients. Some of these harmful ingredients can be found in common cleaning products like dish soaps, disinfectants, furniture polish, all-purpose cleaners and glass cleaners.
- Vacuum frequently. Vacuum at least once a week — but twice is better. Make sure you are using a HEPA filter on your vacuum.
- Wash bedding often. Once a week, wash all of your bedding in HOT water. Water needs to be at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be hot enough to kill dust mites. If you have a child with allergies, wash washable stuffed animals this way as well.
- Clean the entryways. Clean your patios and mudrooms well. Clean any welcome mats. Sweeping or vacuuming the patio will mean people will be less likely to track in allergens. Also consider removing your shoes at the doorway and asking guests to do the same. It will help keep allergens from being brought into your home.
- Wear a mask when you clean.
- Try not to keep unnecessary clutter around. Boxes and clothes can be a perfect hiding place for dust mites and allergens.
- Deep clean your carpets and upholstery. If you do not have the proper tools and techniques, shampooing your carpet can just invite more mold and allergens into your home. Chem-Dry can help make sure your carpets are deeply cleaned. This professional cleaning can help rid your home from pet dander, dust mites, dirt and more. In fact, the EPA recommends getting your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If your family is especially sensitive to allergens, you can request a sanitizer and protectant added as part of the cleaning process.
- Hard surfaces need cleaned too. Dust and allergens can cling to hard surfaces like flooring and furniture that isn’t upholstered. Be sure to dust, sweep and vacuum all surfaces regularly. Wear a mask while cleaning to help reduce your exposure to allergens that could cause an allergy attack.