Prevent dust mites. House dust mites are tiny little creatures that live off human skinscales, pollen and fungal spores. Their bodies, secretions and faeces contain particular proteins that can trigger asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis. Mites prefer warm, humid, dark environments and are often found in bedding, carpets and soft furnishings. Regular washing, vacuuming and professional steam cleaning your upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs will reduce help reduce dust mites within the home.
Wash your bed linen weekly. Pollen, dust and other allergens like to collect on your bed linen. Get rid of those nasties by washing your bedding and stuffed toys weekly in water hotter than 55½°C. Tumble try according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freshly cleaned linens not only feel fantastic but also help you to sleep well through the night.
Vacuum once or twice weekly. To help keep allergens to a minimum, vacuum your carpets and upholstered furniture regularly using a motorised or rotating brush. Consider using an asthma and allergy sensitive vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter which traps a large amount of very small particles that other vacuum cleaners recirculate back into the air of your home.
Spring clean regularly. As mentioned in our previous article “Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips”, dusting and cleaning will help to remove allergens from your home. Use a damp cloth on all surfaces as it dramatically reduces the dust in the air while cleaning. Improve your indoor air quality by de-cluttering and removing excess knickknacks.
Use indoor and outdoor clothing. Whilst outside, your clothing is exposed to allergens that return with you into your home environment. It’s a good practice especially throughout spring, to have separate clothes for indoors and outdoors. Changing your clothes when you return home will help to reduce the amount of exposure.
Wash your hair before bedtime. As with clothing, pollens and other particles within the air can also lodge in your hair during the day and get into your pillow and bedding as you sleep at night. Limit your exposure to these triggers by washing your hair before going to bed.
Control pet dander and saliva. Pet hair and fur can trigger allergies, but it’s not the main source of pet allergies problems. Dog and cat dander (shed skin) and saliva are the most common causes of allergies within the household. Other pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and mice can also trigger asthma or allergies. If you have indoor pets, professional steam cleaning will help to remove pet dander and saliva from your carpets, rugs and upholstered furnishings. It’s best to keep pets out of the bedroom and give them a weekly bath.
Remove and control mould. Mould and mildew grows best in damp and poorly ventilated areas. It triggers nasal congestion, respiratory infections and exacerbates asthma and allergic conditions. You can clean mouldy surfaces and also prevent its return by keeping your home dry and well-ventilated. Reduce moisture in bathrooms, laundries and roofs by sealing leaks and fixing plumbing. Try to limit indoor pot plants which have a water source as these also promote mould growth.
Eliminate cockroaches. Cockroaches carry a range of bacteria and disease-producing organisms that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Cockroaches prefer warm, humid conditions with a ready food source. You can treat minor infestations yourself by sealing all areas where the roaches can enter, emptying rubbish bins regularly and using baits and traps as these are less likely to irritate rhinitis and asthma.
Give your home an Allergy Treatment. Anti-Allergen Relief Treatment is a solution containing a powerful active natural plant based ingredient. It is a very safe, simple and highly effective way of changing the shape of allergen proteins such as dust mite droppings and pet dander. As a result, the allergens are no longer “recognised” by the body’s immune system, alleviating the body’s allergic response. It is recommended to use Anti-Allergen Relief Treatment together with steam cleaning to freshen and invigorate your carpet and upholstery furniture. Individuals that suffer from allergies and asthma will be greatly relieved by this natural way of carpet cleaning.