While the weather outside may be beautiful, the spring and summer months can be a terrible time for allergy sufferers.
Watery eyes, sore throats, constant sneezing – the many irritants of allergy season can make life tough for millions of people.
But it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when it comes to your home! Even in the heart of allergy season, a little bit of housekeeping can go a long way.
Here are five surefire ways to help cut down on allergens in your home, and make it a more comfortable and healthy place for the allergy sufferer in your life:
1.) Break Out the Vacuum
One of the most important tools in any allergy sufferer’s arsenal is a powerful vacuum cleaner.
During the peak of allergy season, it’s important to set yourself a regular vacuuming schedule. You’ll want to break out the vacuum, and its handy-dandy attachments, at least once or twice a week, making sure to focus on your floors and your furniture – both spots where dust and pet dander love to hang out.
Remember, vacuuming helps you to trap more dust, debris, and other allergens than sweeping or feather dusting, which can just push all the yucky stuff up into the air.
You’ll also want to make sure you have the right equipment for the job! If you have an older model vacuum, you may not be capturing as much of the dirty stuff as you like. If you’re in the market for a new dust buster, look for a vacuum with a small particle HEPA filter. These air purifying filters are designed to catch the stuff that normal vacuums let slip right through, and they come approved by top allergy and asthma experts.
2.) Shoo Away Dust Bunnies
Dust is ugly and unwelcome even under the best of circumstances. But for allergy sufferers? It’s a whole different story. Dust mites can irritate people with allergies all year long, and the problem often gets worse in the spring and summer months.
For that reason, it may help you breathe easier to have a regular dusting routine in place. You’ll want to dust at least once or twice per week in order to keep up with the spread of dust mites. It may also help you to think about organizing as part of your spring cleaning regimen, since dust loves to gather in cluttered, busy spaces.
You’ll also want to pay attention to dusting in your hard-to-reach or out-of-the-way areas, such as your molding, your air vents, and beneath your bulky furniture or appliances.
And remember, having the right equipment can make all the difference! We always recommend dusting with clean microfiber cloths. Microfiber helps grab and trap dust and other small particles, instead of just pushing them around. Even better, microfiber is gentle enough to use on just about all of your household surfaces, without leaving behind marks or lint!
3.) Clean Your Bedding
Your bed should be a place where you get some relaxing sleep, right? But for allergy sufferers, beds can be anything but comforting.
Bedding can be a magnet for trapping all of the dust, pollen, dander, mold, and other allergens that come in on our clothes, or in a pet’s fur. It’s important to wash your linens and bedding – including your pillowcases – on a regular schedule.
In between washes, you’ll want to vacuum any bulky duvets or comforters regularly, to help keep them free of dust, pollen, and pet dander. While you have the vacuum out, be sure to clean the area under your bed, which can be a breeding ground for allergy-causing gunk.
And don’t forget about man’s best friend! If your dog or cat has a sleeping area, be sure to regularly clean their “bedding,” whether it’s a full-blown cushion or an old towel.
4.) Take Care of Your Plants
Plants can be a great way to add color and dimension to the décor of your room. But during the spring and summer months, it’s important to take a step back and think about all of the ways your plants might be contributing to your allergy symptoms.
On the one hand, you might want to rethink what kinds of plants you keep in your home. Consider that greener, leafier plants tend to pollinate less than flowery ones, making them better for allergy sufferers. You may also want to look into stocking up on plants that can help purify the air, such as Lady Palms.
And if you already have plants dotted around, it’s important to know how to clean them. Believe it or not, plant leaves can be an unexpected spot for dust to accumulate! To take care of your plants (and cut down on allergens), regularly dry brush your plants’ leaves with a soft-bristled tool, or gently wipe down leaves with a moist cloth or cotton swabs. You can also wash larger houseplants in lukewarm water in the sink or shower, to help get rid of dust, mold, and bugs.
5.) Focus On Your Windows and Doors
During allergy season, most of us want to keep the pollen on the outside of our homes, so the inside can be clean and comfortable.
To help with this, regularly focus on any spots where the interior of your home meets the exterior. For most of us, that will mean turning our attention to windows, doors, and skylights. These areas are prime spots for dust, pollen, and other allergens to make their way inside.
Want to cut them off? Make sure to regularly dust the areas around your windows, particularly focusing on curtains, blinds, drapes, and all sides of your window frames.
And be sure to make doors and entryways a top priority when you clean! Be sure to consistently mop, vacuum, and dust around the front, back, and side entries to your house. Wipe down your doors regularly, and take steps to help keep allergens on the outside. For instance, you may want to make sure that you tell everyone to take off their shoes before entering the house, to help prevent anyone tracking in grass, mud, or pollen.
Call In a Professional
Sometimes, trying to keep up with allergens can feel like a full-time job! Want to tackle your spring cleaning and make your house feel cleaner, healthier, and more welcoming – without having to give up your precious free time?
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service can help! We always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful for homeowners, renters, and property managers across the Chicago area!
Whether you’re looking for a deep clean or some light housekeeping to help keep your allergy symptoms at bay, our professional home services can take away the stress of your cleaning responsibilities, and give you back time to really enjoy 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.
Curious about what we can do for you? Get in touch today for your free estimate!