It’s no fun to deal with allergies at the same time you’re facing flu and cold season. Let’s cover how to allergy-proof your home this winter. It all begins with regular cleaning using the best tools for the job. The right tools make it faster and easier for you to get the job done.
What causes allergic reactions in your house? There are three main culprits. Dust mites are the most common. Next, is mold. Finally, there is pet dander.
But it’s not hard to eliminate the majority of these allergens. Vacuuming twice a week makes a big difference. It keeps these microscopic particles to a minimum. And you can vacuum your mattress when you change the sheets.
If you’re prone to allergies, you must have a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. HEPA is the gold standard because it achieves almost 100% elimination of allergens from the air. It traps them so only clean air circulates back into your home.
Also, consider installing HEPA filters on your HVAC system. They greatly reduce the amount of dust you’ll need to clean.
That’s the initial step: dusting. (Do it before you vacuum.) If you can’t have someone else do it for you, wear a mask when you clean. Also, dampen a microfiber cloth so that it holds onto the dust better. But avoid furniture polish and the like unless you know for sure that it doesn’t cause an allergy attack.
The simple act of doing the laundry also keeps allergens under control. Wash sheets each week in hot water to kill dust mites. Additionally, wash your pillows if you can. Then use the clothes dryer to finish the job. If you toss your shower curtain in the washing machine, that helps control mold.
Now, you might think that shampooing your carpet would help. But it’s likely to aggravate the problem as it creates a moist environment for mold and dust mites. A steam cleaner or steam mop is a better choice to maintain your floors and clean up after pets. It kills the bugs and quickly.
On the other hand, you can get rid of your rugs altogether and switch to bare floors with area rugs that you can wash in the machine. Laminate flooring is available in a variety of gorgeous styles to match any décor. And laminate is easy to maintain.
To wrap up, make cleaning as easy as possible for yourself. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner. They keep things tidy so you can be busy doing other things. And since they can run when you’re not home, that’s less exposure to allergens for you.