Some people’s immune systems react when a foreign substance enters their body, and the immune system sees them as a threat. The immune system then produces antibodies to fight the substance, and the reaction displays as a skin rash, inflamed sinuses, airways, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can be caused by dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. Fortunately, there are things a person can do to reduce their risk of developing allergies in their home. Here are some of the ways.
Dust can lurk underneath sofa cushions, and dust mites can set up home in the cushion innards. Vacuuming your couch on a regular basis, such as once or twice a week, will help reduce the number of allergens. To further remove allergy-causing substances from your upholstery, you should wash curtains, cushion covers and have your chairs and upholstered future professionally cleaned a few times a year. This does not just mean your upholstery in your living room – all furniture with fabric seats and cushions from every room in your home, holiday home, boat, or caravan should be cleaned regularly. Some professional cleaning companies offer cushion cleaning and storage – meaning that you can get the cushions from your boat cleaned after the summer season and stored securely on the company’s premises over the winter months.
Vacuum cleaning and mopping floors will remove dust and pet dander from them. Use a quality vacuum cleaner that is certified asthma and allergy-friendly and will not blow allergens back into the air. When you are hoovering or dusting, wear a mask while doing so if you have an allergy to dust. People with severe dust allergies should consider swapping any wall-to-wall carpets in their home for wooden, laminated, cork, tiled, or low-pile carpet flooring. Hard floors won’t attract and hold on to dust particles as much as deep carpets will and can be mopped as well as vacuumed.
Clean Bathroom and Kitchen
Mold spores can cause breathing difficulties, so it essential to keep your home free from moisture in the bathroom and kitchen or any other areas where there is a lot of water.
When you are showering, ensure you switch on an extractor fan or leave the window open afterward. When you have finished showering, dry the shower tray and screen with a towel to remove excess water.
In other areas of your home, use a dehumidifier if moisture levels are high and fix any leaks in your walls or roof. Wipe up mold immediately and spray with a mold remover detergent. If you are very allergic to mold spores, limit the number of house plants you have as these can produce high levels of moisture.
Get Some Gadgets
There are various gadgets you can buy to remove allergens from your home. One such gadget is an air purifier – a great gadget that rids the air of irritants such as pollen, mold spores, pollution, and dust. The device contains a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) that catches nasties and pumps clean air into your room.