For those that are allergic, every day is a challenge and not even their home is completely safe. It’s why you have to be constantly careful and to have a well-established system to help you allergy-proof your home. Do this if you or someone in your family is allergic or if someone you know is coming to visit and has such problems. Here’s what you have to do to make sure your home is safe and comfortable for everyone.
1. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner.
It’s important to upgrade your vacuum cleaner. It will come in very handy, especially if you have a pet. Get a vacuum that’s capable to trap allergens, one with a great filter and with a bag that can be changed easily without making a mess everywhere.
2. Don’t use harsh cleaners.
We know you want your home to be as clean and spotless as possible but the key is not using toxic or harsh chemical cleaners. They can irritate those that suffer from allergies. Instead, choose natural cleaners.
3. Ventilate the rooms.
Fresh air keeps mold and mildew away so make sure you ventilate the rooms regularly, especially the bathroom where there’s usually higher humidity. Also, use a cleaner that kills mold and install a fan in the bathroom just to be sure.
4. Clean the filters.
The filters in fans as well as in heating and cooling systems always need to be clean. It would be great if you could replace them in case they are old and keep an eye out for when you need to change them again.
5. Remove wall-to-wall carpeting.
Traditional carpeting that covers the whole floor is difficult to keep clean and usually doesn’t have a very friendly texture either. So it would be best to remove it and replace it with wooden flooring or tiles which are much more practical.
6. Steam clean the rugs.
Regular shampoo for carpets and rugs might be ok if you only want to make them look clean but if you also want to get rid of the allergens it’s better to steam clean them. It would be a smart investment for your home.
7. Put covers on the pillows and mattresses.
It’s important to protect your sleeping area so cover the mattress and the pillows to protect them from dust and other allergens. It will also keep them clean and they are easy to replace.
8. Wash your bedding in hot water.
By using hot water to wash the bedding, the towel and the linens you basically exterminate any potential allergens and also remove all the dirt. Just make sure you choose the right fabric so you don’t ruin them.
9. Don’t let pets in the bedroom.
Areas like the living room or the hallways could be ok for the pets to use but the bedroom should be out of reach. It’s important to keep this area very clean and free of hair and fur so you can rest peacefully. So establish boundaries and make sure everyone respects them.
10. Create a regular cleaning schedule.
It would be useless to go through all this trouble and to invest in cleaning tools and supplies if you only use them once a month. It’s great to have a regular cleaning schedule and not to let the dirt accumulate. It’s a nice advice for everyone, not just for those with allergies.