Cleaning Around Asthma Patients

Getting a home truly clean to the standards of an asthma sufferer can be a daunting task. With each irritant, there comes a different need in how to control them. Companies such as 1st Class Cleaning in New York know that each case is a matter of knowing what’s already being done, and what to fix in the home. For instance, everyone’s allergies are unique. If you already know what you’re allergic to, and what aggravates your asthma, then you might know a little about how to keep a truly clean home. You might not necessarily know which common household cleansers could cause you trouble. Professionals can help you determine which products are safe, and what to avoid; you might consider having professionals get your home clean enough for even asthma patients. You might be so sensitive to cleaning products that you can’t be around when there’s cleaning to be done. You might need to send out your laundry, depending on someone else to use low-irritant detergents to get your clothes clean.

Since antagonists can come from dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander and mold, you’ll need a different approach to removing each hazard. You might want to clean the home wearing a mask, or if you’re cleaning for someone else, do the heavy cleaning when they’re not around. Just the act of cleaning can bring up dirt and dust particles that can aggravate the asthma sufferer.

When cleaning around asthma patients, remember too that influenza and common colds can trigger asthma symptoms, so keeping the home free from viruses on all commonly touched surfaces is important. Frequent wipe-downs with treated wipes can help keep germs and viruses at bay. Any illness that might affect an asthma sufferer needs to be aggressively watched out for, especially during the fall and winter months, when confined humans congregate more often in closed-in spaces, sharing germs. Diligent cleaning is of tantamount importance when the temperature drops.

You’ll want to avoid irritants in common household cleansers, opting for those without a chemical called 1,4 DCB (dichlorobenzene). This additive has been shown to harm lung function in adults, and is commonly found in room deodorizers, toilet bowl blocks and moth controllers. Stay away from chemicals with harsh aromas and when possible, choose natural ingredients that are not labeled as hazardous to health. Choose instead plain soap and water, baking soda and vinegar and lemon juice as cheap, healthy alternatives to harsh chemical abrasives and additives. While they might make the cleaning a little easier in the short term, they can prove harmful to lung health, especially in asthmatics.

You might want to stay away from aerosols altogether. The mere fact that they leave so much behind in the air for you to take into your lungs is a no-brainer for eliminating from your cleaning product supply. Even powders can be inhaled. So prepare to either wear a mask or forego these products in favor of those that can be blended with water in a bucket, then applied with a cleaning rag or wipe.

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