People with allergies face a tough time outside the home. Tree pollens, grass pollens, mould, etc., trigger a severe allergic reaction. But do you think these people are safe inside their homes?
According to some studies, the levels of indoor air pollutants are often two to five times higher than outdoor air pollutants. From dust mites to pet dander, insects to mould, our homes are full of allergens capable of inflicting runny nose, itchy eyes, rashes, breathlessness, and other symptoms.
The question that arises here is how can one create a safe haven at one’s home to prevent allergic reactions? Fortunately, we have got the answer. A little effort can drive out all the allergens from your home, making it clean and safe.
Here is how to allergy-proof your home.
1. Keep it clean
The easiest way to drive all the allergens out of your home is by simply keeping it clean. Regular dusting, vacuuming, etc., make a big difference.
Devise a cleaning plan for your home. Include vacuuming and dusting in your daily cleaning routine. Dust all surfaces, including cabinets, countertops, windows, doors, etc. Vacuum the floor, carpets, and upholstery.
Plan deep cleaning at regular intervals. During your deep cleaning spree, clean the hard-to-reach areas of your home, such as ceilings, fans, under your bed, behind your couch, etc. Also, replace your cleaning tools from time to time.
2. Change the air filters
One of the common mistakes people make is not changing their air filters. The ducts of the HVAC system act as the breeding ground for pollens. Make it a point to clean your entire HVAC system once in a while. Although the cleaning frequency depends on the presence of allergic people or pets in the house, cleaning the system every 3 to 5 years works fine. You can seek help from professional services if the need arises.
3. Wash your pet regularly
Most irritants come from pets. Having a furry friend with an enormous coat can make you vulnerable to allergies.
The best way to avoid this is by keeping your pets clean. A simple routine like bathing them regularly can go a long way in safeguarding you from allergies. Furthermore, consider using shampoos that help you deal with dander.
Mark a certain area where you don’t allow your pet so that at least you have an area completely free from dander where you can find solace during an allergy episode. Not allowing your pet into your bedroom would be a good idea (it’s good for your sleep).
Moreover, make sure you always bathe after playing with your pet.
4. Keep your carpets clean
Unclean carpets allow allergens to proliferate. Germs and allergens tend to thrive on dirty carpets.
Thick carpets and rugs tend to trap dust, pollen, germs, and other such notorious elements in their fibres. Not getting these particles out can take a toll on your health, and hence, always keep your carpet clean.
Vacuum the carpets regularly and plan deep cleaning using a steam cleaning machine. If you do not have one handy, call a professional carpet cleaning service and get every bit of dirt, grime, and allergen removed from your carpet. Getting a stain-free carpet would be a cookie point.
Most carpet cleaning services also clean mattresses and upholstery. Get your upholstery and mattress cleaned by professionals along with your carpet.
The bottom line
Dust, pollens, pet dander, and other allergens can wreak havoc on your health and well-being. It is better to keep them away from your home. Use these tips to allergy-proof your home and live in a calm, soothing, and healthy environment.