Housekeeping Hints to Abate Allergies
Keeping your house clean can help eradicate allergy triggers and help alleviate your allergic symptoms.
Here are some ways to keep your house clean while keeping your allergies under control:
- Vacuum weekly.
Ensure that your vacuum has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter as some allergens are too small to be caught by a regular vacuum filter. HEPA-equipped vacuums shoot less particles back into the room as you vacuum.
- Don't use scented detergents.
Heavily fragranced cleaners and detergents can trigger symptoms. Instead, look for fragrance-free products.
- Don't shampoo carpets.
The leftover moisture could cause mold growth or increase dust mites.
- Rugs can trap allergens.
Having vinyl, laminate, or hardwood floors reduces your exposure to triggers. If rugs are a must, get smaller rugs that you can toss into the laundry.
- Use a damp mop and cloth.
They'll trap allergens instead of knocking them back into the air.
- Sweep outside entryways.
The cleaner your path or patio is, the less likely someone is to track dust or pollen into your house.
- Take shoes off before you go in the house.
This prevents pollens and other triggers from getting tracked in.
- Cut the clutter.
Piles of boxes or clothing can trap dust and allergens like dust mites. This shouldn’t be something that you are cleaning around. If you don’t need the boxes on-hand then pack them in storage.
- Wear a mask while cleaning.
When you're done with your housework it is best to leave the house for a few hours. It will limit your exposure to allergens you kicked up into the air.
In addition to maintenance, the choice of flooring products that you install can also increase or reduce the amount of allergens in your house. Chat to one of our expert teams today for assistance with this!