Spring is in full bloom, which means if you have allergies, you’re probably suffering more. However, many people with allergies and asthma are allergic to more than just pollen. You may have indoor allergies as well, which makes it important to know how to properly maintain your home. Here are home maintenance tips for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Even if you don’t have carpeting or rugs in your home, it’s important to vacuum on a regular basis. If you have pets, their hair and dander can build up. Dust can also appear and trigger your allergies. Vacuuming at least once per week can reduce the allergens in your home. Using one with a HEPA filter is ideal. If you have carpets, you should have a carpet cleaning company come to professionally clean the carpets twice a year.
In addition to vacuuming, dusting regularly is also essential. Use a microfiber cloth and cleaner to eliminate dust mites wherever you see them. You can even polish your wood furniture after you’re done. Avoid using feather dusters or brooms as they can push the dust around and trigger your allergies and asthma.
Wash Your Bedding Weekly
Every week, you should run your bedding linens in the washing machine. It can remove all the allergens that can build up from your clothing and pets. However, avoid hanging your laundry outside as it can lead to allergens sticking to it.
You may also want to vacuum your bedding if you allow your pets on your bed.
Eliminate Moisture from Rooms
Certain rooms of the house tend to be damp. Your bathroom, basement, or attic are the most common examples. When there’s humidity, you have to worry about the growth of mold and mildew. It’s important to eliminate the moisture from the humid rooms in your home. If there are windows, open them. You can also run the exhaust fan in the bathroom while you shower.
You can also set up and run a dehumidifier in the basement or attic to eliminate excess humidity. Check these rooms for any signs of mold or mildew. If you spot any fungal growth, you can either tackle it yourself using protective gear or have a professional clean it for you.
Shower and Change When Coming in from Outdoors
Shower and change your clothes when you return home from being outside. Pollen can stick to your clothing and hair, especially during the height of spring and summer. You should also remove your shoes and keep them near your front door when returning home. It can keep allergens stuck in your shoes away from the rest of your living space.
These home maintenance tips can keep your allergies better under control. Be diligent with your routine and you’ll notice an improvement in your symptoms.