The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen that causes it. However, sometimes this is easier said than done, as many of these allergens are within our homes. Dust mites, for example, are one of the biggest causes of allergies and they can breed in even the cleanest of homes but these microscopic insects are extremely hard to spot.
Alongside these mites, allergies can also come from pets, mould spores, food and the list goes on. So, with this in mind, how exactly are you meant to avoid allergies in your house?
Well, prevention is the best treatment for allergies, so whilst you may not be able to eradicate them completely, there are many easy cleaning methods that can decrease allergens significantly.
Here are a few ways of those ways you can start to allergy-proof your home:
Keep your house free of clutter: A messy or dirty home is far more likely to attract mites, bugs, mould and mice. Keep your house free of clutter by recycling and throwing out everything you can and keeping each rooms free of mess.
Vacuum regularly: It is important to vacuum regularly as dust mites love carpets and rugs – a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter are best, as they can remove more dust than ordinary vacuums. Remember, as well as your carpets, to vacuum cushions, soft toys, curtains and upholstered furniture regularly.
Wipe surfaces: Ensure you keep wiping your surfaces with a damp, clean cloth, as dry dusting can spread allergens further. You may not be able to see it, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
Easy cleaning: Choose items for your home that are easy to clean, for example, roller blinds can be easily wiped down, whilst wood or vinyl floor coverings are less likely to attract allergens than carpets and are easier to keep clean. For bedrooms, you may want to consider allergen-proof covers for your mattresses, duvets and pillow.
Pets: If your pets are the cause of your allergies the last thing you want to do is have to wave them off to a new home. It may stop the sneezing, but you are likely to have a broken heart in its place. But you don’t have to, did you know that it isn’t pet fur that causes an allergic reaction? It is flakes of dead skin, saliva and dried urine. To avoid this regularly groom pets outside, wash pets and all their bedding at least once a fortnight, and ideally keep them away from bedrooms.
Keep homes dry and ventilated: Mould can grow on decaying matter – which itself isn’t an allergen, but the spores they release are. This happens when there is a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment. To avoid this keep internal doors closed when showering or cooking, use extractor fans, avoid drying clothes inside and quickly deal with any damp or condensation that does appear in your home.
If a busy lifestyle means your house has been neglected and you just don’t have the time to keep on top of the above tasks – it may be time to call in Molly Maid Domestic Cleaning Services. Otherwise the result could be your home becoming a breeding ground for allergens and then avoidance will become impossible.