As much time as you spend in your home, you want it to be a comfortable place to relax. If you’re one of more than 50 million Americans who suffer allergy symptoms, you have an extra burden of making your home comfortable and safe from allergens. That’s not so easy to do. With these tips on how to rid your home of allergens, you may be able to breathe a sigh of relief this allergy season.
How to Get Rid of Allergens in Your Home
Allergens exist either on surfaces or in the air in your home. So, to scratch the surface (so to speak) when it comes to how to get rid of allergens in your home, let’s start with some cleaning tips:
- Vacuum. When you vacuum carpets, upholstery, and curtains, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.
- Hard floors. When you sweep tile or hardwood flooring, don’t use a traditional broom. Use a microfiber broom that captures — rather than pushes — debris.
- Bedding. Use mattress and pillowcase covers made of vinyl to help prevent dust mite allergy symptoms. Wash bedding weekly.
- Clothing. Put clothing that you’ve worn outside in a plastic bag until wash day.
- Shoes. Make a space by the entry door for your family to put shoes. That way, no one is tracking allergens from their shoes all over the house.
Use an Air Purifier
The next tips on how to get rid of allergens in your home begin in the air. Whole-home air purifiers use the ductwork of your cooling and heating system to remove airborne allergens. For the best results, install an air purifier that targets all three classes of airborne contaminants:
- Particles. These allergens include dust, hair, mold spores, pet dander, dust mite and cockroach parts, and more.
- Pathogens. These microscopic allergens include bacteria, viruses, and other germs.
- Odors/gases. These allergens come from cooking odors, smoke, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in furniture, paints, and solvents.
For more information on how to get rid of allergens in your home, please contact us at Detmer and Sons. We serve customers throughout the Dayton area.