Allergy sufferers have a hard time of it especially at certain times of the year. Triggers like pollen, dust mites, mold, pet hair and pest droppings can cause miserable symptoms. Sneezing, runny eyes and nose, skin irritations, coughing and itchy eyes are common when allergies hit. While you may think you’re safer in your home, surveys have shown that allergens are detected in over 50% of homes.
Carried in through the air, on pets and on our feet, it’s hard to completely stop allergens getting into our homes. But, what we can do Is minimise the amount of allergens that we are exposed to. Let’s take a look at how we do this in our 7 cleaning tips for allergy sufferers.
Get a Cleaning Schedule
While non allergy sufferers can get away with ignoring the cleaning schedule. Allergy sufferers should get a regular cleaning plan and stick to it. If you allow dust and dirt to build up, this just triggers symptoms off more frequently and harshly. Aim to clean throughout the week, so allergens stay under control.
Vacuum and Dust Regularly
Use a well-maintained vacuum cleaner instead of a broom which will just push dust into the air. It’s also recommended to invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter which is designed to trap bacteria, pollen and dirt. Use a microfiber cloth to dust, which grabs onto particles and leaves surfaces fresher.
Clean Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds often get forgotten in the weekly cleaning schedule. But because they naturally attract and hold onto dust, allergy sufferers should clean them at least once monthly. Vacuum or wipe down with a microfiber cloth and launder fabric window treatments if washing machine safe.
Wash Bedding Weekly
Hair, pollen, dust and dirt easily transfers onto bedding from our clothes and pets. Aim to wash your bed linens at least once a week and vacuum your duvet and blanket at least a few times a week.
Control Moisture Levels in the Bathroom
Mold spores are a big trigger for allergy sufferers and they thrive in moist conditions like the bathroom. Leave doors and windows open after a shower to let the room air. And wipe down damp areas like tiles, bath and sink areas with a microfiber cloth to remove moisture.
Invest in an Air Filter
Experts believe air filters or air purifiers can be advantageous for allergy sufferers because they remove aggravating air particles from a room. Results may vary depending on the type of allergies you suffer from.
Contact Professional Brisbane Carpet Cleaners
While keeping on top of your cleaning schedule, should help control your allergy symptoms. General cleaning will never give the same results as professional carpet steam cleaning. Some particles and dust mites, live deep down in the shag of your carpet. To remove these, invest in expert carpet cleaning services at least every few months.