Spring is on its way, and as most look forward to the warmth and blooming flowers, those with allergies run their homes for protection. The home is the best escape from the pollen and allergens, however; its protection is only as good as its reinforcement. Allergy proofing your home isn’t complicated, but it does require effort.
Keep Allergens Out
Before you begin focusing on your home’s interior, make sure that you can prevent allergens from entering. Keeping allergens out is as simple as remembering to close the door, if you have inspected your home’s insulation. Look for cracks or openings near any windows or doors leading outside. After all, what good will removing allergens do if new ones are constantly appearing?
Clear the Air
Once you have stopped the inflow of allergens, your next step should be your home’s ventilation. Whatever allergens are now inside, are being circulated around your home through the A/C. It’s important to stop this cycle, as it will make any cleaning efforts useless.
To prevent the circulation of allergens, you need to make sure that filters are constantly being maintained. Invest in some quality filters, and make sure that they are replaced at least every 2 weeks. Gradually the air will clear, and you will be able to breathe easier.
Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
Now that you have prevented the influx of new allergens, it’s time to attack what is left. Your home must be thoroughly cleaned, and we mean thoroughly; it’s called “Spring Cleaning” for a reason. Go after everything, from the dust resting on fans to the mold in bathroom corners. Make sure to especially target any heavy fabrics such as drapes, which are prone to holding many allergens.
Cleaning once is not enough either, as it will take time for the allergens to stop circulating. Depending on the severity of your allergies, you should be cleaning anywhere from one to three times a week. After a while, you won’t have to be as diligent.
Focus on Your Bedroom
Your bedroom is the most important area in regards to allergy-proofing, as you spend more time in here than in any other part of your home. If your bedroom is filled with allergens, then it won’t matter how much you clean the rest of your house. Constant exposure during sleep will linger with you wherever you go.
Routinely wash your sheets in hot water and make sure that your room is just as spotless or more than the rest of your home. It will also help to keep your room sealed from the rest of the house, as allergens always have a chance of sneaking in through the front door. Extra protection is always a good thing. And if you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to schedule Fred!