5 Ways to Keep Your Home Allergy-Free
Pets, dust, mould, and pollen are all common causes for allergic reactions. Whether you suffer seasonally or all year round or experience hayfever, taking precautions and keeping your home clean can help mitigate allergic reactions and improve your overall wellbeing.
Cleaning your home and keeping it allergy-free doesn’t need to be overly complicated, but it’s certainly important to do so with attention to detail. These five tips for dealing with common household allergens will help keep your sinuses from causing you trouble and keep you an hour household living healthier and happier.
1. Clean Thoroughly and Regularly
Keeping your home nice and clean is an important chore, and even more so if you suffer from allergies. Regular cleaning can prevent dust and pet dander from accumulating and exacerbating your condition. The most hassle-free way to go about this is and avoid dealing with the allergens directly is by hiring a professional cleaning service once a week or fortnight to perform a deep clean of your home.
High-quality vacuum cleaners equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can be an excellent way to deal with small particles. If you’ve got carpets, make sure to clean these thoroughly as dust particles can begin to embed themselves deep in the carpet.
2. Control Your Pet’s Dander
If you or someone you know has an allergy to pets, it’s not hard to notice a gradual allergic reaction. It’s common to see puffing around the eyes, shortness of breath, and skin turning a darker red after entering the home, even if they haven’t touched the animal!
That’s because allergies to cats and dogs stems from their saliva, which attaches itself to dander. The allergens in pet dander can remain for around 6 months, meaning that you’ll need to get your pet’s fur under control if you want to reduce the impact of allergic reactions.
Bathing and cleaning your pet can help to control a lot of the shedding and deal with pollens attached to the animal’s fur. You can also consider keeping your bedroom free of pets so that you aren’t breathing in the allergen whilst sleeping.
3. Protect Your Bedroom
You probably spend a lot of time in bed and consequently the air quality in your bedroom can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Keep your bedroom tidy and clean, but don’t neglect the bed itself.
Pillows, mattresses, and sheets can easily attract dust mites. Be sure to wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases at least once a week in hot water so that your bedding is properly sanitised. Synthetic materials can be a good alternative to wool or feather bedding as well.
Microscopic dust mites thrive off of dead skin flakes. When you’re in bed, you can bet that you shed quite a bit of dead skin in your sleep. That’s why regular cleaning can help keep dust under control.
If you’re looking for extra protection, consider encasing your pillows and mattresses with protective covers against dust mites. These can have a noticeable impact on dust accumulation on your bed.
4. Don’t Let Pollen Indoors
During peak hayfever season in the months of October and November, pollen can enter your home easily if you don’t take precautions. The first step is to keep windows and doors closed so that it doesn’t enter in the first place, but pollen still has many other avenues into your home.
Pollen can attach itself to your clothes, shoes, trousers, and especially on your pet’s fur if you’ve been out for a walk. Be sure to change clothes after entering your home to prevent the spread of pollen throughout the house. Wipe down your dog’s fur to remove any pollen particles that may have attached themselves to your dog.
5. Prevent the Spread of Mould
Mould is actually a dangerous fungal organism that thrives on humidity. So be sure to track down any early signs of mould in areas such as on bathroom tiles or on plumbing fixtures. If your walls are attracting mould, you’ll begin to see dark green spots forming a pattern where it’s beginning to grow.
If you’re keeping doors and windows closed for extended periods of time, your body will increase humidity and the room will keep it trapped inside. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity low if you must keep doors and windows closed.
Mould cannot simply be wiped away. Specialised products should be used (be sure to wear protective equipment such as a mask) or a bleach solution in order to eliminate the growth. Be sure to thoroughly eliminate any signs of mould, because if done hastily, it will return and with greater vigour once humidity enters the room again. Hiring professional cleaners is an excellent preventive measure for mould and general home maintenance.
If you’re strapped for time, concerned with keeping your home allergen-free or are relocating and require bond cleaning services (or cleanup of your new space!) in Brisbane or Gold Coast, contact the experts at Dom Care Cleaning today. We will ensure your home is always clean and tidy!
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