Cleaning Steps to Help Control Allergies
Many families suffer through asthma, eczema, and hay fever-like symptoms without identifying the real cause. Simple things like pets, dust, bacteria, or pollen in your home are all common allergens that are likely to be lurking throughout your home to the detriment of your family’s health.
Once the cause of your family’s allergies is identified, you can put in place measures to minimize the allergens found in your home. Often simple changes to a room and how you take care of it can have a great impact on the health of your family.
Below are a few suggestions we have found to be useful in reducing common allergens. This list is by no means conclusive, however, we believe it’s a great starting point to get you thinking about allergens that are potentially in your home.
Bedding (Cleaning steps)
Dust-mites are a common allergen that causes harm to many people. For allergy sufferers, it may be wise to cover mattresses and pillow with dust-mite resistant covers. It’s also advisable to wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets regularly. You must use a high-quality laundry cleaner to ensure a thorough clean using a non-toxic detergent.
Flooring (Cleaning steps)
Carpets floors and rugs can harbor many allergens and cleaning them in a way that removes all of these contaminates is near impossible to do yourself without professional support. We clean carpets with a process that is perfect for those that struggle with allergies. Even hard surfaces like ceramic tiles may be contaminated with mold spurs and other allergens so we recommend disinfecting these surfaces too.
Window Covering (Cleaning steps)
Washable curtains can be a huge advantage for allergy sufferers. Roller blinds can also be easy to wipe down and disinfect however horizontal blinds can be a challenge to keep allergen-free. Blinds should be regularly disinfected and curtains should be washed in the same way bedding is.
Windows (Cleaning steps)
It’s nice to open windows on a warm day for some ‘fresh air’ however this air can be full of pollutants and pollens that are a nightmare for allergy sufferers. For some families, it may be worthwhile considering air-filtration to minimize the risks. Windows can also be prone to mold due to condensation that frequently builds on windowsills and frames.
Furnishings (Cleaning steps)
Upholstery can be a challenge for allergy sufferers if it’s not cleaned thoroughly and this can be a challenge for busy homes. It’s advisable to select furnishing that is easy to disinfect and clean regularly. It may also help if you remove clutter since dust will tend to collect around ornaments, books, magazines, toys, and knickknacks.
Outdoor Furnishings (Cleaning steps)
It’s impossible to keep soft furnishing free from contaminates when they are used outside. We highly recommend avoiding outdoor beanbags or cushions for allergy sufferers since they are so difficult to clean effectively.
Heating (Cleaning steps)
Wood-burning fireplaces produce smoke that is known to worsen respiratory allergies. Ducted heating can also circulate airborne chemicals, allergens, bacteria, and mold so a regular clean is recommended.
Ventilation (Cleaning steps)
Good quality ventilation, exhaust fans, or kitchen hoods for cooking areas or wet areas is highly recommended for allergy sufferers. They help to remove airborne allergens and also reduce moisture, which can be the breeding grounds for bacteria and mold.
Hard Surfaces (Cleaning steps)
All surfaces such as your sink, shower, tub, toilet, bench-tops, refrigerator, cabinets, walls, and doors should be regularly disinfected. Don’t forget the touchpoints such as light switches, handrails, and doorknobs. Touchpoints are also a common way viruses are spread so it’s important not to overlook these items for the safety of your family.
Plumbing (Cleaning steps)
Even the slightest leak under a kitchen cabinet or in a wall can cause the perfect habitat for mold to grow. Mold can be a significant health hazard, particularly for those that suffer allergies so a regular plumbing inspection may be advisable. The quality of the air and the way in which you clean your home are often the biggest culprits for allergy sufferers. It does vary from house to house according to how specific contaminates effect you personally so we are more than happy to discuss your specific situation. Please book us online for a detailed clean with Dirt2Tidy.