Want a clean house – but afraid of the sneezing and wheezing it may take to get there? You’re not alone!
Millions of Americans suffer from allergies that can make cleaning their homes a challenge. From dust to mold, pollen to pet hair, common allergens can make people sneeze, cough, or break out into a rash. It’s easy to see how these symptoms can make getting in a deep clean seem almost impossible!
Here are a few simple steps that allergy sufferers can take to clean their homes – while keeping their allergies under control:
1.) Wear a Mask When You Clean
You can purchase disposable dust masks from many different retailers, or over the internet. Slipping one of these masks over your face to cover your mouth and nose can help you inhale fewer dust particles and other allergens when you clean.
You may also want to leave this mask on for a few hours after you clean, or consider getting out of the house for a bit. This will allow dust and other allergens that you may have kicked up into the air to settle.
2.) Use a Damp Cloth
When you dry dust, you’re often just pushing particles around – and sending plenty of the icky stuff flying into the air! If you have allergies, use a damp microfiber cloth or mop when you clean, instead of a dry cloth or broom. This will help you trap more allergens, rather than just brushing them out into the air. Microfiber has the groves to pick up dust, dirt and small particles better than a regular cloth. Definitely do not use terry cloth, as it leaves lint behind.
3.) Cut Down on Clutter
Dust-mites, pet dander, and other common irritants love to gather in nooks and crannies all around your house. Don’t give them that chance!
Focus on getting rid of the unused items that may be cluttering up your home, such as old gym equipment, piles of boxes, or mounds of loose clothing.
This will make your space feel more organized, and it will be easier to keep clean in the long run. Even better, you may be able to breathe better (literally), knowing that you’ve gotten rid of allergens’ favorite hiding spots.
4.) Update Your Vacuum Cleaner
Regular vacuuming is important for keeping your floors clean. But if you have allergies, vacuuming can sometimes be difficult.
In many cases, vacuum filters aren’t enough to catch dust, pollen, and other allergens. Instead, these particles are so small that they just zip right through the cleaner and shoot into the air – where you can breathe them in.
If this seems to be happening to you, it might be time to get a new vacuum cleaner. Look for one with a sealed HEPA filter, which can trap and filter out 99.7% of small particles. Health.com and Allergy Consumer Review offer some helpful advice on HEPA vacuums here and here.
5.) Avoid Cleaning Products That Could Cause Irritation
For some people, cleaning products can actually do more to rev up their allergy symptoms than to help them feel better.
You see, many scented cleaning products, from dish soap to all-purpose cleaners, contain chemicals that can be irritating to allergy sufferers.
Non-toxic, green cleaning supplies are almost always better for people with allergies.
If you’re nervous about having to read label after label before making the right choice, there are also other options available, which you may already have around the house. For example, you can use white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda to clean many different types of surfaces, without exposing yourself to unknown chemicals.
6.) Bring on the Professionals
If you have any concerns about your health, it’s important to be realistic about what jobs you can tackle on your own, and what you should turn over to an experienced cleaning service.
If you’re in need of a clean home, but worried about upsetting your allergies, there’s one more option – call in a ringer! That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to help!
Our professional home services can take away the stress of cleaning your house, apartment, or office, and give you back time and energy for the most important things in your life.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
Whether you need light housekeeping or heavy duty cleaning, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful!
Ready to clean your house – without a single sneeze or cough? Get in touch today for your free estimate!