By Guest Blogger, Marie N.
How to Control Indoor Allergens at your Home
Your home is your sanctuary – unless you are allergic to it. Allergens are sneaky and can easily infiltrate your home without you even realizing it, until you start sneezing. Various things can trigger your allergies, such as dust, mould, mites and pet dander. You need do the cleaning in all the rooms in order to restore the sneeze-free peace of your home. Let’s see what you can do in each room.
Allergies in the Bedroom
Since the dust mites make the bedroom the most allergy-sensitive room, your bed, mattress and pillows should be covered with mites-proof covers. Sheets, pillowcases and blankets should be washed at least once a week in the water heated to 130 F (54 C). On your floors, there should be no carpets and rugs; use linoleum or hardwood flooring which are easy to clean and vacuum at least once a week. Also, your curtains should be washable and made of cotton or synthetic fabric. All the pieces of furniture should be easy to wash and dust off, such as furniture made of wood, plastic, metal or leather. Your windows should be cleaned of mould and condensation, and rely on AC during the pollen season. Additionally, your pets should stay out of your bedroom if they move freely around the house.
Allergy Control in the Family and Play Rooms
These two rooms are not as prone to allergies as a bedroom, but it is nice to prevent any sneezing there, too. Basically, similar rules are applicable here. Floors should not be covered with thick rugs, and should be vacuumed once a week with a cleaner that has HEPA filter. Replace all the upholstered furniture with one made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Windows should be closed and mould-free, and if you have any indoor plants, find a new home for them. If you have a fireplace, avoid using them during allergy season because smoke and gasses can only make respiratory allergies worse. Also, if the weather permits, you should keep your pets outside. If you think that you cannot do all this work alone, you can rely on house cleaning professionals in North Sydney and get the whole house allergy-free. Since thorough and professional cleaning could take some time, it is the best for you and your family to stay over at the hotel for those few days and get away from all the dust and allergens.
Controlling Allergens in the Kitchen and Bathroom
It is important to keep your kitchen clean, in order not to attract any cockroaches which can also trigger your allergies. All the food should be stored in sealed containers, and garbage cans should always be covered and regularly emptied. Dishes should be washed daily, and to remove any mould and moisture, wipe the sink, faucets and countertops. Keep the refrigerator clean, wipe off excess moist to prevent mould and never keep food that is out of date. Bathroom is the number one place that attracts mould, so make sure to have proper ventilation to reduce moisture. Never use any rugs in there, the best option for flooring are always tiles. Make sure that the plumbing works properly and thoroughly scrub bathtub, shower, sink and toilet with bleach.
Solutions for the Whole House
The best solution for keeping the allergens out of your house is to keep it clean and dry. The average temperature in your home should be between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C), and the humidity should not be higher than 50 percent. Control the pests with traps or hire professional exterminators and regularly vacuum carpets and scrub hard surfaces. During hot weather you should keep the windows closed in order to prevent condensation. Rely on air conditioning and remove any non-washable materials you have in your house, such as thick carpets. Also, check your roof and ceiling for any leaks. Do not allow smoking anywhere in your house and acquire a weekly cleaning routine.
Now you know how to keep any room in your house free from allergens. Remember to keep your home clutter-free and dry, and you will not have any problems with your allergies.
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