10 Springtime Allergy-Fighting Tips For Your Home

10 Springtime Allergy-Fighting Tips For Your Home

While spring is a lovely time of year to spend both indoors and outdoors, those infamous springtime allergies can make the season a lot less enjoyable. As the weather gets warmer, airborne allergens start to appear in abundance, particularly pollen and mold spores. Like it or not, those allergens find their way into your home and reduce your indoor air quality, which in turn worsens your allergy symptoms

Fortunately, you can fight back against springtime allergies just by adding a little “hypoallergenic flair” to your house cleaning style. Follow these pro tips to reduce the effects of airborne allergens in your home and to improve your overall indoor air quality.

Dust Like a Pro

1. Wear a mask. This will prevent you from inhaling all the particles that will inevitably become airborne as you dust. You can purchase disposable varieties at most grocery or hardware stores, or you can also buy washable fabric masks for a more eco-friendly and comfortable alternative.

2. Skip the feathers. Traditional feather dusters can stir up dust as you use them, which can further aggravate your allergies. When dusting, opt for microfiber dust cloths. Their design enables them to better attract dust particles than ordinary cloths. For hard-to-reach places, you can use a microfiber duster at the end of a long or expandable wand.

3. Don’t miss these often forgotten places: window blinds, ceiling fans, electronics, behind appliances, underneath furniture, houseplants (faux and real), lamp shades, light fixtures, and--of course--the edges and fins of your air vents.

Vacuum Like a Pro

4. Stop wearing shoes indoors. Not only will there be less to vacuum, but you’ll improve your home’s overall hygiene. Wearing shoes indoors can introduce a number of things to your floors that your home would be much better off without: dust, mold spores, pollen, fecal bacteria, other illness-causing bacteria, and anything else your shoes come into contact with while you’re out and about.

5. Get the right vacuum. Cheaply made vacuums can kick up the dust and other particles you’re trying to eliminate, making your allergies worse. Opt for a well-made HEPA vacuum cleaner if possible. Quality HEPA vacuum cleaners contain filters that are capable of trapping extremely tiny particles that will escape other vacuum cleaners.

6. Vacuum the floor last. Using your vacuum cleaner’s attachments, start vacuuming from the upper levels of your home on down. If your vacuum cleaner’s wand can reach the tops of cabinets and bookshelves, this can be a more effective way to remove dust from those areas than dusting. Make sure to also vacuum your window sills, baseboards, and upholstered furniture.

7. Don’t forget your draperies. Draperies pick up the dust that circulates throughout your home, but they can also accumulate mold spores and pollen that come into your home through open windows. If you can’t launder your draperies, make sure you vacuum them with your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment.

8. Vacuumin both directions on rugs and carpeting. Because of the pile height of your rugs or carpeting, vacuuming back and forth in only one direction will not enable all of the particles trapped there to be picked up. If you started vacuuming north to south, vacuum from east to west next.

Launder Like a Pro

9. Launder your bedding once a week in hot water. Humans and pets are constantly shedding dander, and dander is what dust mites feed on. When you think about how much direct contact your bedding has with your skin, you can imagine how much dander might start to accumulate over time--enough to feed a microscopic, allergy-triggering creature like a dust mite. By laundering your bedding weekly in hot water that’s at least 130 F, you’ll not only be washing away the pollen and dust you brought to your bed on your clothes, but you’ll be killing dust mites as well.

10. Don’t let your laundry dry outside. Although line-drying is a cheaper and greener solution than using a machine, wet clothes will collect mold spores and pollen if left out to dry.

Short on Cleaning Time?

If, like most people, there just never seems to be enough days in the week to complete everything you need to do, you can also consider a high-powered allergy-fighting solution to keep your home’s air clean. If you have seasonal allergies, asthma, or furry family members in the house, getting an indoor air quality system can make a world of difference in your daily comfort. In addition to filtering airborne allergens out of your home’s air, some systems have the added benefit of reducing or eliminating harmful toxins (such as carbon monoxide) that are released as byproducts from your heat-producing appliances.

If you are interested in learning more about top-of-the-line air quality systems, contact Dye Service with any questions. We can help you see if an air quality system would be a good match for your household needs and, if so, what system would be a good match for your budget as well.

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