It is that time of year when hay fever comes along and makes many of us aware of our allergies. Although many may not be going out as much as usual, given the health and safety concerns of the moment, we are always exposed to it, whether it is indoors or outdoors. Here are some tips to help manage your home to prevent allergies.
Whether it’s allergy season or not, always wipe surfaces. The current precautions might be extreme, but sometimes necessary. Make sure to remove footwear upon entering, and wash your hands and wipe down things you took out with you like phones and keys.
Dust all surfaces and objects and clean them to remove the dust and not just move it around—remember to always wipe down kitchen and bathroom surfaces too. Get baskets to avoid clutter; purge and clean the objects themselves as well as the surfaces they were on and the place where you will place them next. Use pencil holders, wicker organisers and decorative cardboard boxes to help you organise things in categories. It will make things easier to find and a pleasure to look at.
Get Rid of Carpets and Vacuum Rugs
With permission from your landlord, get rid of any carpeted surfaces if possible. Most of the time, beautiful tile or hardwood floors hide behind these allergen-trapping carpets. These, over the years, gather and become infested with dust mites, pet hair and other allergens. However, of course, we always need decorative rugs that also help with sound control so vacuum and shampoo these frequently.
Try having two sets of throws, decorative pillows, pillows and covers. Wash these on a regular basis, as cushions and mattresses (flip these every six months) usually accumulate bed mites, which increase allergies. By alternating these while the other set washes and dries, you give a fresh and newer look to your home. These are the simple touches that won’t break the bank.
When it comes to choosing curtains and blinds opt for washable curtains, preferably cotton. Avoid and replace blinds with washable rolling shades.
Pet Hair and Dander
Of course, our furry friends are part of the family, so make sure to bathe them regularly and brush their hair to eliminate dander and excessive shedding.
If you are selecting new furniture, go for smooth surfaces that are easier to clean. Wood, metal, leather and plastic are easy alternatives, but also make sure that they match your aesthetic.
Get yourself an air purifier for the bedroom, with a small-particle or HEPA filter, or that utilises ions or UV to eliminate dust, smoke, odours, allergens, mold spores and pet dander.