According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are as many as 50 million American alone who suffer from allergies. For many allergy sufferers, allergies can last throughout the year. Many people think outdoor allergens cause their allergies, but what many people don’t realize is that allergens can also be present in the home. There are many types of indoor allergens like dust, animal allergens and mold. Here are a few tips to reduce allergens in your home and make it a healthier place to live.
Thoroughly Clean Your Home
Dust and vacuum. Making sure your home is dust free can surely help an allergy sufferer. Dust particles can be inhaled and cause an inflammatory response which can lead to sneezing, watery eyes, congestion and itching. Reducing the dust in your home on a regular basis by dusting the surfaces and vacuuming with a HEPA filter or cyclonic vacuum can reduce allergens. Additionally, it is important that you clean the dust collectors such as furniture cushions, curtains and linens. If your couch cushions are removable and washable, take them outdoors to knock out the dust. If they are washable, carefully follow the instructions to regularly clean them.
People can suffer from indoor allergens as well as those that come from their pets. Pet dander, or skin flakes, can spread to clothes and stay in carpet and furniture for several weeks. To reduce allergens, regularly groom and bathe your animal.
If you still find that your allergies persist, after regularly cleaning your home you may want to start regularly cleaning your air filters as well. Normally, filters should be changed at least once every three months; however, if your home has pets or someone has allergies, then you should change it monthly. You may also want to consider ventilating your home by airing it out and ensuring your fans are free of dust. Fan blades collect a lot of dust and should be regularly cleaned to help reduce allergens.
There are many unseen sources that can affect a mold allergy because mold can hide in many places in your home. Mold can develop in homes that have a high humidity and can hide in damp surfaces like sinks, refrigerators, bathrooms, windows and even in your carpet. Take immediate precautions to prevent it, like making sure you have proper ventilation in your home.
Many people are looking for allergen relief. Start with these simple tips to reduce allergens in your home. However, if you are looking for additional relief, the services at Stanley Steemer meet the certification standards of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. We can remove 94% of common allergens in the carpet, tile and hardwood floors that we clean in addition to cleaning your airducts, upholstery and furniture. Visit our website to learn more about our services at www.southfloridasteemer.com and 888-982-3553.