Tuesday February 1, 2022
You can trust us when we say we have visited so many beautiful houses in Florida to see (and experience) different kinds of allergies to different kinds of stimuli. Whether that’s dust, mold, pollen, animal hair, plants etc… Melbourne exterior cleaning experts at Beacon Cleaning has seen it all. And although we all have different things that irritate our bodily systems, there are ways we can avoid getting sick or struck down with allergic symptoms.
1. Avoid bringing allergens inside
Different particles already cling to your shoes when you get in the door. To avoid bringing outdoor allergens inside, have a spot to remove shoes in the entryway. You can implement a no-shoes policy (many cultures do this) and use a shelf or mat where you can store “outside” shoes and change into “inside” slippers right by the door. Vacuum this spot regularly, especially during allergy season. You can also use a doormat right outside (a water-resistant coil mat works well) to wipe your shoes off right before you get inside.
It’s not only your, remove as much clothing as you can as soon as you come inside. Leave hats, jackets, and scarves in an entryway closet. For those times when your kids have been playing outside or you've been working out on the lawn (learn how you can set up an outdoor gym here), keep a hamper nearby so you can separate “extra dirty” clothing until laundry time. Wash clothes in your machine’s hot setting to kill allergens.
2. Choose allergen-resistant flooring.
Wood and tile are ideal floorings for allergy sufferers. With the exception of cigarette smoke (which also kills), mold is the main problem indoors. The scary thing is that even if you're not allergic to mold, it can get into your airways, start growing (what!), and increase the risk of developing asthma and other chronic respiratory problems.
If you love rugs, remember that thick, floofy rugs = allergens. Your local Melbourne exterior cleaning team at Beacon recommends short-weave rugs are less likely to get moldy and easier to clean. Or invest in wool, which is more resistant to mold (get rid of mold here) than synthetic material.
3. Wash your hands and face.
It’s ideal to head straight to the shower after coming inside the house. But not all of us have time, so try to wash your face and eyelids (your eyelashes can catch pollen) with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser.
4. Vacuum often and well.
Vacuum once or twice a week. Remember though that poor quality vacuums could put dust into the air. Look for certified asthma/allergy-friendly vacuums. These vacuums are different from others as they prevent allergens from going back into the air.
If you have allergies, wear a mask while doing your cleaning chores. Don't just brush the dust away with a feather duster or cloth. A damp microfiber cloth will trap the dust instead of just moving it around. Make sure you don’t forget to clean ceiling fans, blinds, and curtains. Dust from top to bottom as that is how dust falls and settles.
5. Keep your fabric upholstery clean.
Like carpet and rugs, fabric furniture is a magnet for allergens. If your allergies are bad and you can afford to redecorate, go for faux leather couches and throw pillow covers. Pollen, dust, and pet dander should wipe right off. Otherwise, cover your sofa with a machine-washable slipcover and launder it (along with throws and pillow covers) weekly.
Pet owners, this might hurt to hear, but if you have allergies, you have to keep your fur/feather babies away from your bedroom.
6. Choose the right plants.
Most indoor plants don't contain the type of pollen that affects seasonal allergy sufferers. Plants may even help clean the air. With that being said, indoor plants can still promote mold growth and collect dust. There can also be cross-reactions between indoor plants and common outdoor allergens, meaning they might share similar proteins that can make you sneeze. If you're determined to bring some greenery indoors, you'll need to research and experiment to see which plants may work for you.
7. Invest in an air purifier.
Keeping indoor humidity low, running the AC, and banning your pets from the bedroom will help a lot especially if you always wake up sniffling, but you may want to take it to the next level with an air purifier.
When buying an air purifier, check the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). The higher the CADR, the faster the air filtration. A HEPA filter is the gold standard for air purifiers and has been proven to trap tiny allergens. You should also make sure the product matches the size of the room you plan to use it in, much like your AC.
8. Use your AC.
Prevent pollen from getting inside by keeping windows and doors closed. Use air-conditioning, especially in warm weather to control dust mites and reduce humidity. Put it also on circulate mode. Just remember to change or clean the filters about once a month if you have a window unit, and every three months if you have central air.
Make sure that your home is clean inside and out. You already know the best tips in minimizing allergies inside your home. Rely on your local Melbourne exterior cleaning experts at Beacon Cleaning to clean your home exteriors, soft wash your driveway, clean your roof, and clean and seal your pavers. Request for a quote today and have a clean home!