When you’re a homeowner, cleanliness is definitely something to aspire to. It’s a necessity. You likely have your own specific routine you follow as you clean; maybe you pour a cup of espresso and turn on the news, get lost with those rubber gloves in a sink full of Pine O Pine. But when you or another member of your household has allergies or asthma, cleanliness could be everything. It can be the foundation you lay for reducing the amount of allergens in your home, bettering your health.
Common Household Allergens
Dust mites are the most common allergy and asthma symptom trigger. Dust mites prefer to camp out on our furniture and soft bedding, but they are essentially everywhere. They don’t leave bites or marks on our skin, making it easier not to think of them at all. But our respiratory systems can certainly feel their presence!
We should also be on the lookout for pollen and mold spores. Both pollen and mold spores can enter our homes by latching onto clothing and shoes, just like velcro! Our pets can also carry them inside, along with pet dander. Certain breeds of dogs will not produce as much pet dander as others, which is something to consider if you or a household member would like to own a dog, but have a mild allergy.
It might be wise to purchase allergen-proof encasings for your pillows, mattresses, and box springs to begin reducing allergens in your home. For pollen, try to wipe down your pets when they come inside, change your clothes after coming in from a day spent outdoors, and keep your windows closed and air conditioner running. You can also use an air filter to help cleanse the air inside your bedrooms, or entire house!
If you have any serious issues in your home, such as a growing and spreading mold infestation, never hesitate! Hire a professional who has the skill and equipment to finish the job for you.