Cleaning Tips to Prevent Hayfever and Other Allergies
To maintain a comfortable and healthy home, cleaning is key, but it’s absolutely vital for anyone who suffers from allergies. A regular cleaning routine should remove a large proportion of allergens from your environment. Our cleaning experts share their tips and tricks to help lessen your allergy symptoms.
- It’s best if allergy sufferers don’t do extensive cleaning themselves as the cleaning process will stir up lots of dust and allergens. If you do have to do it yourself, it’s advisable that you wear a dust mask, plastic gloves and old clothes to clean in and wash them immediately afterwards. Shower straight after you’ve finished to wash away any allergens.
- Feather dusters are a big no-no as they stir up dust, adding more airborne allergens to your environment. Use a damp cleaning cloth to wipe over dusty areas instead to “capture” the dust before it drifts into the air.
- Remember that cleaning your home won’t remove all of the allergens, but it will significantly reduce them and your symptoms.
- Carpets are a haven for allergens, so it’s crucial that they’re kept clean. A regular vacuuming routine is a great idea and if you have a large family, you could take it in turns (or if you are really busy, hire a cleaner). If you suffer from severe allergies, this will be money well spent.
- The longer that dust and dirt remains in your carpet, the deeper it will settle into the carpet fibres. Most vacuums only cover the top layer, so they won’t clean deep down into the carpet.
- Invest in a good vacuum with strong, consistent suction. Bag-less models are best as they don’t lose suction as they fill up. Remember – there’s no point vacuuming several times a day if it is not actually reaching the dirt and dust trapped in the carpets.
- At least twice a year (e.g. spring and autumn) hire a steam cleaner or get the professionals to come and deep clean your carpet. Click here for more information on carpet cleaning.
- Keep the level of dirt and dust in your carpets to a minimum by removing shoes at the door.
- If you’re expecting a visitor that suffers from allergies, don’t vacuum right before they arrive as this will stir up the dust in the room. It’s advisable to vacuum the day before so that any allergens have a chance to settle down before your guest arrives.
- Bedrooms can be a nightmare for allergy sufferers as most pillows are infested with dust mites. Invest in anti-allergen pillows and dust-proof casings for mattresses and duvets. Remember to wash your bed linen and blankets every other week using a hot cycle to kill any dust mites.
- It’s best to remove wall-to-wall carpeting from your bedroom if you suffer from serious allergies.
- If you have air vents in your bedroom (e.g. from a central air conditioner or heater), check the vents periodically to make sure that they’re clean and free of dust.
- Choose blinds instead of heavy curtains for your windows as these are less likely to accumulate dust. If you do have to use curtains, make sure that you wash them frequently.
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