Eliminating Pollen and Allergens from Your Home

eliminating pollen and allergens in your homeSpring is a time for blooming flowers, updating your landscaping and living with the misery of allergies. Even if you’re running the air conditioner all the time to keep the windows closed, the allergens and pollen still creep into your home every time the door is open. They ride in on your clothing and hair, and they fall off your pets. Once inside your home, it’s up to you to eliminate the allergens and give yourself relief from the misery.

Carpet and Upholstery Hold Allergens

If you want the greatest relief from allergens, then you’ll need to say farewell to carpet and switch to tile or hardwood. These surfaces don’t hold pollen, animal dander and other allergens like upholstered furniture and carpeting. However, you don’t want to give up on all the soft areas in your home. Keep the soft surfaces in your home clean by vacuuming them regularly. Before you run the vacuum over the carpet, use the upholstery attachment to clean the chairs, ottomans, couches and padded benches in your home. Then give the carpet a thorough vacuuming to remove the contaminants from your home.

Watch the Humidity Levels

Make your home cleaner by keeping the humidity levels between 35 and 45 percent. When the air is too dry, your skin and nasal passages dry out and become more sensitive. If the levels are too high, mold will have an environment to thrive in. Use the air conditioner in the summer to keep the humidity levels low. In the winter, use room humidifiers to increase it slightly and keep it more comfortable.

Damp Dusting Only

Dry dusting is an exercise in futility as it scatters the dust in the air to land on other surfaces. It also irritates your sinuses as it travels through the rooms of your home. It’s better to use a damp rag treated with an appropriate cleaning solution. The water traps the dust, allergens and dander so that it can effectively be removed from your living area. You can also use microfiber dusting pads if you don’t want to get your hands wet.

Wash Everything

Prepare to spend a few days doing laundry by washing items throughout your home. The curtains and drapes hold an incredible amount of dust, and they should be washed regularly. Your pillowcases, decorative pillows and other items should also be run through the machine to take away the dust and dander.

Keeping the allergens out of your home will take some time and extra effort on your part, but it is possible. Another good idea is to have your air ducts cleaned to remove these hidden allergens and prevent them from circulating through the home again. This can be a time consuming process to wash bedding, curtains, carpet and upholstery every week, but you don’t have to do the work on your own. 1st Class Cleaning is happy to provide this customized service for you. We offer customized cleaning plans to remove the allergens and get your home as clean as possible. Contact us today to create a cleaning schedule with our professional maid service!

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