In North America, about 40 million people suffer from allergies. And if you’re one of them, you there’s no doubt you clean everyday to avoid the allergens. But daily cleaning alone will not fix this problem. You need to do some major cleaning two to three times a year to remove these contaminated dusts and molds. Ever since, it has been known that spring is the best time to reinvigorate your home after spending too long staying indoors during the winter. For the people who suffer from some form of allergies, spring cleaning is the most ideal time to attend to some of the major pollutants that cause asthma and other allergy-related problems.
Thorough cleaning is usually distressing for people with allergies because performing this means being in direct contact with so much contaminants. Here are things to consider before you start your spring clean up:
Use a face mask to lessen your exposure to molds, dust mites and other irritants as you clean.
Acquire a microfiber or damp cloth for dusting. Steer clear from feather dusters, which only shift the dusts and allergens into the air making them more likely to be inhaled by you.
Finish your major cleaning early. For example, those who have allergies on pollens should be done before the season of pollination begins. Even in the face of a chilly spring weather, opening the windows is recommended to improve the air circulation.
Use a HEPA filter for your vacuum and change it as needed. What makes this filter different from the traditional ones is that they can trap very fine particles, such as pollen and dust feces which have the greater tendency to cause allergy attacks.
The moment you have gotten hold of the essentials, aim more on the areas where irritants usually reside—on mattresses, upholstered furniture and woodwork.
Do you feel lucky, Dust mite?
When it comes to size and scavenging skills, nothing beats the dust mites. These tiny creatures fancy warm environments such as mattresses and furniture, where they can easily consume a constant supply of their favorite food, dead skin cells. Having pets such as cats and dogs is also a great factor in providing a good reservoir for the dust mites. These minute beings usually trigger asthma attacks. According to Dr. Janet Rimmer, director of the National Asthma Council of Australia,an estimated 45 percent of the world’s population has some form of allergy and nearly 80 percent of these have reactions to dust mites.
If that’s not enough for you to be convinced on doing major cleaning, wait till you hear this: it’s estimated that dead mites and their droppings comprise 10% of the weight of a two-year old pillow. So for you, and your family’s sake, at least once a year, make sure to eliminate the mites living on your mattresses. Here’s how:
1. Wash the mattress pad with hot water often. Preferably every 2 months especially for the ones with severe allergies. For those who have none, a microfiber, hypoallergenic pad would be a better option. It will directly block the mites from going into your mattress.
2. With the help of your vacuum’s wand attachment or upholstery tool, thoroughly vacuum the whole exterior of your mattress emphasizing on the buttons and indentations.
3. Regularly flip and rotate you mattress. This will help lessen the food supply for dust mites, keeping their number to a minimum.
Upend Upholstered Furniture Breeding Grounds
Upholsteries are not an exception to the wrath of the dust mites. But this can easily be prevented by the use of a simple vacuum with an attachment wand. It removes the top layer of dead skin that feeds the dust mites. To do this, take out all the cushions and shove the attachment wand into the tiniest and hard-to-reach creases and folds. Also, you might want to use a spray-on allergen minimizer like Febreze’s Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer. The Asthma/Allergen Foundation of America reports that using devices like this help keep air-born particles from getting into the air in your home. These are very suitable for use on fabrics, furniture, bedding, and clothing.
Besides the usual cleaning chores such as cleaning the tubs and sinks, you should also spend your spring cleaning time to sweep and dust light fixtures and dust vents. Most of the molds at home can be found in the bathroom. Scrub your shower curtain or replace it if mold and mildew have found their way in it. A spring cleaning is the perfect time to flush out areas where allergen-causing molds love to hide. Molds do not simply grow from poorly ventilated bathrooms. They can also be seen on windowsills and doorjambs where moisture accumulates. Cleaning these areas with a bleach-based product can help to eliminate allergy causing mold.
Once you have finished dusting, vacuuming and washing the last room of your house this spring, wash your microfiber and other cleaning tools thoroughly. And don’t forget to take out the trash while you’re at it. When you follow all these, you are guaranteed that all your cleaning labor are not put to waste and maintains the whole cleanliness of your home for a long time.
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