Suffering from allergies is the worst. Scratchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes and difficulty breathing really is no fun at all. To make matters worse, in many cases you can’t even hide out at home because this is where many allergens are at their highest levels. Dust, mold, pet hair, even pollen can blow in through windows and set off allergies like hayfever. Here are some of the ways you can ensure allergens are kept to a minimum in your home. Which is good news for anyone suffering from irritating symptoms!
Clean Carpets and Soft Furnishings Regularly
Carpets are traps for all kinds of allergens. Thoroughly vacuuming might not be enough, so cleaning them twice a year with a professional carpet cleaner or calling in a company could help massively. You might think to rip them out and installing wooden floors is the answer, but that can actually make matters worse. With nothing to grab onto, dust, pet hair and other allergens can sweep into the air causing awful symptoms. Pollen and pollution can also blow in through windows and cling to curtains, so ensuring these are washed on a regular basis is also important.
Clean Under Furniture and In Hard To Reach Places
Regularly vacuuming is great, but how often do you pull out big pieces of furniture like wardrobes and beds? A surprising amount of debris can collect behind them which is a huge problem for those with allergies. Every couple of weeks or once a month, do a proper deep clean especially in the bedroom of the person suffering from symptoms. Replacing your mattress, pillows, and duvet after the recommended amount of time can also be useful
Address Damp or Condensation Issues
Damp and condensation can lead to the formation of black mold– seriously bad news for anyone with health conditions or allergies. Airing out your home each morning and using extractor fans can be helpful in keeping this to a minimum. However, ongoing problems might be a sign of something bigger. Slow leaks in pipes, roof damage or rising damp can all lead to excess moisture and therefore the perfect conditions for mold to form. Check your attic and basement for leaks, if you notice an issue you could call a company like RestorationEze.com. They will repair any water damage- and with the leak or problem fixed, the black mold should also clear up. All you need to do is treat it with an anti-mould product.
Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier is an allergy sufferer’s best friend. Removing contaminants, allergens, and impurities in the air to help you breathe easier. Pollution, pollen, and dust amongst other things are all massively reduced. If you use a model which doubles up as a dehumidifier, you can also remove excess moisture in the air which can also help with mold.
How do you fight back against allergens?