Prevent Dust Accumulation During Allergy Season in New York

Prevent Dust Accumulation During Allergy Season in New YorkDust is a fine, dry powder made up of particles in the environment. It includes dead skin cells, dirt from outside, and even the allergens that float on the air during allergy season. Drifting through your home and settling on every flat surface, it can make you miserable if you have allergies. Minimizing the amount of dust in your home as we move into allergy season will provide you with some much needed relief this year.

Streamline Accessories

You call them knick-knacks, your grandmother called them lovely collections, but you have dust hating friends who refer to them disdainfully as dust catchers. At the end of the day, that’s really what they are. The more dust collectors you have, the harder it will be to chase the dust bunnies away and keep the home clean. Minimize your knick-knacks, streamline your accessories and try to open up more open space. The dust level in your home won’t change, but it will be a lot faster to dust when you aren’t moving fifty music boxes out of the way.

Fresh Filters Mean Fresh Air

If you have a central air conditioner and furnace, then you should be changing the filter monthly. Central air systems move air through your home at a steady rate, and the air is sent through a filter. This is your chance to capture the dirt and prevent it from re-entering your home. Invest in a quality filter, and make sure you change it once a month to keep the air in your home fresh and minimize dust.

Say Good-Bye to Shoes

You aren’t going to start going around the city in bare feet, but you should stop wearing outdoor shoes in your home. Seasonal allergens have help entering your home, and one of the most common entry points is on your shoes and clothes. Have welcome mats outside the door to wipe off shoes, and make a point of not wearing them around the house. This limits the spread of allergens, and you will also notice that your carpets stay cleaner.

Keep the Laundry Hamper in the Bathroom

Those allergens that hitched a ride in on your clothes are happy to spread through your home. If your dirty laundry sits on your closet floor until wash day, then you are contaminating your entire closet with allergens. Invest in a quality hamper with a lid and put the dirty clothes inside to hide the eyesore and contain the allergens. If the hamper is in the bathroom, then you can easily clean the floor around it to wipe up dust and dirt when you empty it.

Vacuum Frequently

Allergens and dust are trapped in the fibers of rugs and will linger there indefinitely if not vacuumed. Making matters worse, they will break loose and drift into the air when you walk across the room. Vacuum frequently to pull out the dust and get it out of the house. Use a vacuum with a high-quality filter, and look for a HEPA filter system if possible.
In addition to vacuuming the rugs, you should also use the upholstery attachment to vacuum the couch and other upholstered items. In addition to taking the dust out of your home, these steps will also prolong the life of your furnishings and keep everything smelling fresh. The more frequently you vacuum, the less dust you will have to contend with when allergy season rolls around.

Invest in Quality Screens

The weather is slowly warming up, and you are looking forward to opening the windows. Unfortunately, open windows are one way that allergens enter your home. Once they are inside, getting them out is difficult. Limit how much time you leave windows open, and make sure your screens are all in excellent condition without any holes or other damage to them.

Look at Window Treatments

There are conflicting views when it comes to window treatments. Some people say switch to wood or vinyl blinds because they are easier to dust. Others suggest using machine washable curtains that you can easily take down and run through the washing machine. Either of these solutions comes with its own sets of challenges. However, what you do not want going into allergy season are heavy drapes that must be dry-cleaned. Take them down before allergy season kicks in, have them cleaned and store them away for next winter. Prepare for the season with lightweight, machine washable curtains or easy-care Venetian blinds.

Treat the Pets to Regular Grooming

Dust is made up of everything in your environment, and that includes pet hair. If you limit the amount of hair your best friend is shedding, then you will reduce overall dust levels. Have your pets groomed to pull out loose fur. You may also consider having long-hair breeds trimmed to limit the amount of stray fur drifting through your home. It’s also wise to brush your pets yourself in between trips to the groomer. It’s good for your dog or cat’s health, and it’s better for the house.

Empty the Closet Floor

It’s amazing how much dust drifts into your closet and eventually lands on the floor. Even if you have a tiny closet that gets very little traffic, it still manages to collect entire generations of dust bunnies. Get everything off the floor to make it easier to clean. If there are shoes and other accessories on the floor, then you will be tempted to skip it when you vacuum or sweep. Put items in clear plastic bins so they won’t become covered with dust, and you can easily move them when cleaning.

Protect Clothes with Garment Bags

Heavy winter coats that keep you warm shed fibers throughout the year. Your spring coats that are worn occasionally are carrying a host of allergens, and other clothes that you don’t wear often are turning into dust collectors. Put plastic covers over all of these items to prevent them from shedding, protect them from dust and minimize the allergens drifting through your home.

Wash Sheets Weekly

Even if you really love the sheets when they’re good and wrinkled, you should take the time to wash them every week. You regularly shed skin cells and hair that contribute to the dust in your home. Your bedding captures a lot of it, so wash the sheets and pillowcases every week to limit dust and start breathing easier.

Use the Right Dusting Cloths

Dry cloths and even feather dusters are great at moving dust around, but that’s all they do. Dust is redistributed from one area to another, and that only makes more work for you. Either use damp rags or special electrostatic rags that will capture dust and hold it. If you are using electrostatic or microfiber cleaning rags, make sure you are not using dryer sheets on them to prevent damage.

Treat Yourself with an Air Cleaner

If you have really bad allergies, then you may want to consider treating yourself by investing in an air cleaner. These work in a small area and can effectively remove both large and small particles from the air. They only work in a small area, so they are best used in the bedroom or near the space you spend the most waking time in. Another alternative is to purchase whole-house air purifiers that attach to the central air ducts and will make the air throughout your home cleaner.

Have the Ducts Cleaned

If you have a central air system, consider having your ducts cleaned. Dust and dirt drift into the ductwork through the return air vents, and it’s nearly impossible to get it out. You may think it’s not hurting everything, but it is being stirred up every time you turn on the furnace or air conditioner. Riding into your house on a wave of treated air on one side of the room, more dust will ride back into the ducts from the other side. If you have a great deal of dust in the house, or you are seeing little puffs of dust come through your vents, then you should have your ducts inspected and cleaned.

Dust the Right Way

You may think there is no “right way” to dust, but there actually is. It’s important to start from the top and work your way down, so dust that falls is caught up as you work around the room. Use damp rags or electrostatic dusters that capture the microscopic particles and won’t let them escape. In addition to dusting obvious surfaces like shelves, you should also dust the tops of doorframes, picture frames, and even curtain rods. All of these surfaces hold dust, but you can chase it away when you use the right cleaning methods.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies and want to have relief this year, then you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service. Here at 1st Class Cleaning of New York City, we understand that you don’t have time to scrub the house and remove every dust bunny collection. That’s why we offer spring cleaning and deep cleaning services in addition to our regular cleaning packages. Whether you want us to come in once a year to make your home shine or you are interested in recurring services, we are happy to help you. Call us at 1-800-309-7881 to schedule a consultation, or visit 1st Class Cleaning online to request more information.

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