Spring is almost here. We have almost made it through yet another winter and can get back to enjoying the shining sun and blooming flowers. But spring is not all sunshine and rainbows for everyone. For some people spring means the miserable allergy season. Because pollen and allergens can lurk around your home, spring cleaning is a must. In order to make your allergies less of a problem this year, here are 10 spring cleaning tips to help alleviate your allergies.
1. Know Your Triggers:
People are unique in the way they respond to allergens. Figure out which allergens are the worst for your family. Your course of action will vary depending on whether you are suffering from indoor allergens or outdoor allergens. For indoor allergens such as pet hair, dust, and mold, open your windows to air out the house. For outdoor allergens like grass or tree pollen, close your windows to keep them out.
If you don’t know what is causing your allergies, here are some of the most common triggers to investigate:
- Cat and dog dander
- Tree, grass, and weed pollen
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources
If you are allergic to mold, survey your house and make sure that there are no leaks or puddles anywhere, as standing water is often a breeding ground for mold. Getting rid of the water will help alleviate your mold allergies.
3. Don’t Just Move Dust Around – Trap it
Feather dusters can just push dust into the air, making you more likely to breathe it in. A damp cloth or paper towel traps the dust instead so you can actually dispose of it.
4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals
You may have never attributed your allergies to the cleaning chemicals, but it’s true – scentless cleaners or more natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda are better for people suffering with allergies.
5. Clear Dust from All Surfaces
Dust builds up in places you don’t always think about. Some of the most common offenders include window wills, window frames, door frames, and ceiling fans.
6. Keep the House Cool and Dry
Dust mites and mold spores like warm, moist environments. In order to kill them, keep your house at 50% relative humidity or lower and fairly cool.
7. Wash or Replace Moldy Shower Curtains
Mold from the shower can trigger allergies and also spread to other parts of the home, especially in warmer months. Check the care tag on your shower curtain; often you can just throw it in the wash and hang it back up to dry. Also try to reduce the moisture and humidity in your bathroom to prevent future mold growth.
8. Remove Trapped Allergens
Carpets, rugs, and upholstery do a great job at trapping dust and allergens, but unless you clean these things, you are going to be suffering from allergies. You should vacuum weekly and have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned every 3-4 months. When was the last time you had your home professionally cleaned? If it’s been too long, call the professionals.
9. Wash and Air out Bed Linens Regularly
It’s recommended that you wash your bedding every 1-2 weeks. This is because all of the dust, skin flakes, and more that our sheets collect are the perfect haven for dust mites. If you find that you have bad allergies at night, clean your mattress and pillows too to see if it helps.
10. Change HVAC Filters Regularly
Change your filter every 6-12 months, or closer to every 90 days if your allergies are severe. Also be sure to set your MERV rating correctly. The majority of homes use filters rated between 7-12. Higher MERV ratings are not necessarily better. A rating that’s too high reduces airflow, which can actually make things worse. Do some research on your system to find the highest rating that still allows maximum airflow.
By taking spring cleaning seriously this year and following these 10 tips, we hope that you will be able to enjoy the warm weather with less allergy-misery. For the best results, contact the experts at Complete Chem-Dry of Lake Orion, who can help you to have a cleaner and healthier home.