As most of us know, both children and adults suffer from allergies during high pollen seasons, but not many of us know that pollen isn’t the only factor that causes an allergic reaction.
As much as I love the Do It Yourself ways to clean and allergen proof your home, mine… gets cleaned regularly by a local home cleaning company. For those of you in the Hampton Roads area, you can reach them at housecleaningvabeach.com. I initially trusted them with my home cleaning needs approximately 7 years ago, and haven’t had any regrets so far.
So, without any further ado, the 7 DIY tips to allergen proof your home:
1. Bedroom is key.
First and most important I feel is the area or room of your home where you spend most of your time. Yes, your bedroom!
On average, a person sleep between 6 and 8 hours per day… That add up to 49 hours each week. Now sit down and really let that sink in… Some of us don’t even work that much.
So, all I’m trying to say is start with the bedroom!
2. Floor comes first.
Floor cleaning is highly important, especially since the laws of gravity were discovered which prove that all dust particles which cause allergic reactions are “falling”, meaning that they almost end up on the ground, whether it’s your carpet, linoleum, tile or hardwood flooring. The tricky part with the carpet is that you can rarely see the dust particles, therefore not recognizing the fact that it requires cleaning.
The point is, begin by cleaning the floors & carpets and make your way up.
3. Clean out that cluttered closet.
Closets often collect useless pieces of clothing that haven’t fit you 5 years ago, but you’re “going to drop a few pounds”, socks in singles after they lost their other half while you were doing laundry, random buckets with old stuff that you didn’t want to throw out and want to sell at the next garage sale, that deep down inside, you know will never happen. I can go on and on about the stuff that clutters closets of most Americans , but I hope that you get the point. Clean out the cluttered closet and wear a mask if need be, only god knows what you’ll find in there after so many years of neglecting it.
Closets are a major, home pollution factor!
4. Scrub your attic and get rid of all the piled up junk.
As I’ve mentioned before, cleaning of each room of your home happens from the ground up. As you finish up with your floors/carpets, closets and furniture… Your clean-up doesn’t end there. Take a peek inside of your attic and you’ll find layers of dust laying over historic pieces of your past… If you think that all the dust just stays there and eventually dissapears, then I am sorry to disappoint you, but It get picked up into the Air Circulation System and both you and your family end up breathing it in.
In conclusion, I would like to point out the importance of every day minor cleaning and bi-weekly deep clean.
Dust is the enemy, so fight it!