It’s that time of year again when families come together to celebrate the festive season, so houses are spring-cleaned, dusted vacuumed and scrubbed from top to bottom before guests arrive. All of this is great, but there’s another reason for the blitz clean. Allergies are at an all time high now with loads of pollen in the air, and animals inside the house thanks to the cold.
The amount of people with allergies is on the rise, and as the season makes those who are susceptible to the microscopic warfare on health suffer tremendously with horribly allergy symptoms, everyone starts looking at ways to combat the horribly symptoms of itchy eyes and noses, perpetual sneezing, and scratchy throats. Apart from the medicinal treatments, there are other things one can do to minimize the seasonal allergy effects and that starts with reducing the allergy triggers in your home.
Vacuuming the Correct Way
Any thick material such as mattresses, carpeting, curtains and linen should be thoroughly vacuumed. All upholstered furniture and any items covered in fabric are considered a hub for dust mites which are leading causes on allergies in the home. It’s important to use a vacuum that does not return the dust to the air. Some vacuum cleaners simply regurgitate the dust making the dust mites airborne and increasing the allergy reactions. Allergy sufferers should not be the ones to do the vacuuming as this can start a reaction which could lead to an asthma attack. Rather ask a non-allergy sufferer to vacuum while you stay out of the house for an hour.
Using the Correct Vacuum
There are vacuum cleaners that work well for those with allergies. Steam cleaners don’t redistribute the dust back into the air, making it a primary cleaning tool in a house with allergy sufferers.
If you suffer badly with allergies then you may need to seriously consider taking out your carpets and replacing them with tiles. This already reduces allergies by up to 90%. Also make a point of not using thick rugs – as stunning as they are – as you’re just inviting dust mites to live in your home. Using rugs which can be easily washed goes a long way to reducing allergies.
Washing all your linen in boiling water and with allergy tested soap also helps to kill the dust mites. It’s important that you also consider that your cluttered surfaces may need to be reorganised. Books covered in dust are a large allergy instigator. These need to constantly be dusted, but even then the dust simply becomes airborne and creates an even bigger problem. Less is more in the world of decor so perhaps you should consider this interior design option when you need to tackle the clutter in your home, in order to minimise your allergies.
It’s the season to be jolly. The last thing you want is to be in bed with debilitating allergies.
Vida Denning is a prolific writer who enjoys writing on a wide variety of topics far more than she enjoys spring-cleaning and carpet cleaning.