If you or anyone living in your home is one of the approximately 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, chances are you know how miserable life can get once spring comes around. To cut down on the symptoms ssociated with seasonal allergies, many individuals turn to prescription and over-the-counter medications.
In addition to treating your symptoms with medication, performing a thorough spring cleaning can also help you or a loved one find relief. Here are a few spring cleaning tips that will help cut down on the allergens found throughout your home.
Clean Sneaky Spots Where Dust Builds Up
No matter how many times you seem to dust every surface of your home, any family members suffering from dust mite allergies seem to constantly sneeze and blow their noses. These symptoms probably occur because you're ignoring spots that notoriously collect dust.
In addition to cleaning these areas during the spring, it's also wise to wipe them down thoroughly at least once a month. Here is a list of spots to clean every spring to help cut down on the allergens throughout your home:
- The tops of your ceiling fan blades
- Between the slats of your blinds
- The top of your headboard and footboard
- The tops of your door and window frames
Pay Close Attention to Your Carpets and Upholstery
The carpet and upholstery throughout your home are teeming with several different types of allergens, including dust mites, pet dander, fungi, and other potentially dangerous bacteria. To keep these allergens in check, it is critical to pay close attention to your carpets and upholstery in the spring—and throughout the rest of the year.
In the spring, take all your smaller rugs outside, hang them on your clothes line or the back of a lawn chair, and beat them vigorously with a broom. When it comes to the upholstery and wall-to-wall carpeting throughout your home, vacuuming these surfaces several times a week can help keep the allergens in check.
However, to eliminate the most allergens possible, it's best to have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned at least once a year. Let the technician know that you or a household member is suffering from seasonal allergies. Also mention if you are allergic to any types of cleaning products.
Change All Your Filters
From your furnace and vacuum to your trusted air purifier, many devices and appliances throughout your home utilize filters. These filters are intended to trap allergens that can make you or your family member sick. Unfortunately, if the filter is of lower quality or older and requires replacement, all those allergens will make their way into your home's air.
The springtime is the best opportunity to replace all these filters. The majority of vacuums and air purifiers require you to purchase the manufacturer's HEPA, or high efficiency particulate arresting, filters. When it comes to your home's HVAC system, however, there are several filter models to choose from.
The best option for any home with allergy sufferers is an electrostatic or activated carbon air filter. An electrostatic filter works by attracting dust particulates to the unit, where they are trapped. These types of filters are available in both semi-permanent and washable.
Activated charcoal filters are a great option because they absorb more dust, allergens, and other pollutants than a traditional pleated or fiberglass filter.
Performing a thorough spring cleaning is an effective way to help any allergy suffers in your home find relief. If you're ready to start cleaning, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at All State Carpet and Tile Repair .