Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
If you live with allergies you know certain times of the year mean sneezing and stuffy noses with seemingly no relief in sight. We can’t really control what we encounter outside of our home, but luckily we can do some things to help our allergy symptoms that originate in our homes.
1. Clean Regularly and Thoroughly
Once you’ve cleaned the top of everything, move on to walls and cabinets, and save the floors for last. It also helps to clean the house by task instead of by room. That way, you’re not changing up equipment and cleaners multiple times in every room.
2. Change Your Air Filter
Dust and other allergens can be hiding in your air ducts. Regularly changing your air filter can reduce the amount of allergens that go through your home. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters in your air conditioning and heating system can trap allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. When looking for an air filter, check the label to see the manufacturer’s recommendations for replacement. And while you’re thinking about filters, go ahead and check your dryer vent and vacuum it out if necessary.
3. Change Bedding Regularly
Dust mites build up in pillows and other bedding and they can cause havoc for those with allergies. To prevent this, wash your bedding regularly and replace your pillows. When washing your bedding, wash it on hot to help reduce dust mites. Encasing your mattress and pillows in allergen-proof covers can prevent dust mites from penetrating.
4. Keep Windows Closed
To prevent pollen from entering your home, keep windows closed during high pollen seasons.Additionally, moving your indoor plants outside could be beneficial to both you and them! Some indoor plants can promote mold growth during certain seasons, so it’s better to avoid having them inside and keep your windows closed against them if you’re sensitive to mold allergies.
5. Professional Carpet Cleaning
Allergens such as mildew, pet dander, dust mites, and pollen are all successfully removed by applying steam extraction to carpets. Allergy symptoms can be greatly reduced by having your carpets steam extracted once or twice a year. The problem with DIY steam cleaning is that the water is extracted less effectively than professional machines, possibly leaving enough moisture in the carpet to promote microbial buildup. Having upholstered furniture steam cleaned can also reduce allergens.
For professional steam extraction of carpet and upholstery to help alleviate those allergy symptoms, give Top Care Cleaning a call today to schedule!
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