Do you want or need an allergy free home? Do you or your loved ones have trouble with moderate or severe allergies that demand you eliminate as many allergens as possible? If you want to ensure optimum health for your family, here are some allergy free home cleaning tips. Once you know what you’re allergic to, you can decide which of these tips will help you tackle it.
1. Start in the Bedroom
You spend 8+ hours in this room, so it’s important to eliminate as many allergens as possible here. If you’re allergic to dust, make sure you’re using zip-off covers for dust mites. You’ll want to remove the covers frequently to launder them, along with your other bedding.
2. Eliminate Carpet & Curtains
Carpet is notorious for harboring allergens like dust, pet dander, pollen, and more. Just walking around on it will release all of this into the air, aggravating your allergies. If you can, replace wall-to-wall carpet and pad with hardwood or other hard-surface flooring — especially in the bedroom. Then lay doormats at each entrance, inside and out, to help keep irritants from getting inside. You can also ask visitors to remove their shoes before coming in. And by the same principle, eliminating drapes in favor of faux wood blinds or plantation shutters is also a good idea.
3. HEPA Filtration
If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a HEPA filter, get one that does. HEPA filtration is designed to trap allergenic particles as small as .3 microns, allowing these filters to capture most allergens before you end up breathing them.
4. Change Your Furnace Filter
If you have allergies, changing the filters on your furnace and air conditioning system becomes even more important than usual. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you might need to change them more often than the manufacturer recommends. HEPA air filters are also a good idea.
5. Air Filtration
Home air filters do have their limitations, but can help clear the air of allergens. They cannot, however, trap any particles that have already settled into furniture or rugs. If you’re bothered by airborne allergens like pollen, however, these filters can help. Just make sure you get one that doesn’t produce ozone, which may make your allergies worse.
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