Sniffling, sore throat, runny nose, and watery eyes. if these symptoms sound familiar to you, its because they are common allergy symptoms. Whether you’re a suffering with allergies, or your friends or family members suffer from allergy symptoms while they’re in your home, Villa Clean, Lansing area’s best house cleaning service, knows all about the connection between cleaning and allergies.
Knowing what and how to clean can reduce allergens in the air, alleviate suffering and possibly even minimize reliance on allergy medications.
The most common household allergens are dust mites, mold, pollen and animal dander, according to Dr. Neil L Kao, MD FAAAAI, of the Allergic Disease and Asthma Center. Cleaning areas where allergens lurk can go a long way toward reducing your allergy symptoms. Dr. Kao advises the 3 areas that most people should focus their cleaning efforts are the bedrooms, bathrooms and entryways.
Here are some tips for addressing these 3 allergy hot spots.
- Cleaning Bedrooms
In bedrooms, linens should be changed and washed in hot water at least once a week. Drying sheets in the clothes dryer, not outside, can help prevent hay fever and pollen allergies.
regularly vacuum under the bed, and avoid storing anything underneath. Storing papers, boxes, or storage containers under the bed can trap dust and make cleaning more complicate and less effective.
Mysti Reutlinger, author of “The Pantry Cleaner” shares, “Cleaning behind dressers, beds, couches and other large pieces of furniture that remain stationary is paramount in reducing allergens,”. Tackle these tasks a minimum of once every few months, however, it’s best to do this kind of deep cleaning once a month, if possible.”
- Cleaning the Bathroom
A little bit of prevention in the bathroom goes a long way toward reducing mold and mildew that can cause allergies. Bathrooms are often damp, not to mention, they are used for cleaning ourselves off, so human dandruff, dust, hair and mold tend to accumulate there, Dr. Kao says.
Avoid fully carpeting bathroom floors. Usse a washable bath mat over a ceramic tile or vinyl flooring instead. Run an exhaust fan or dehumidifier keeping bathroom humidity below 50 percent.
Pay special attention to shower curtain, as mold can easily develop on them. Reutlinger suggests running fabric shower curtains through the washer at 130 degrees or higher each week and cleaning plastic shower curtains regularly. “This will reduce the amount of mold growing in the bathroom and can quickly reduce asthma reactions,” she says.
- Cleaning the Entryway
It’s important to focus on all entryways in your home because they are how pollen and mold from the outsides are commonly brought indoors. Give any front, back and side doors a regular and thorough cleaning, and don’t forget about pet doors or animal entryways.
While inside the home, Dr. Kao recommends implementing a no-shoes-in-the-house policy to reduce symptoms from outdoor allergens. Remove shoes when you enter the house and place them on a mat, which should be washed regularly.
Vacuum high-traffic areas (including entryways, frequently used hallways and pathways to the living room, kitchen or family room) at least twice weekly. Those who have pet should vacuum daily.
Dr. Kao recommends using a vacuum equipped with HEPA filtration. HEPA is a defined government standard for filtration, and allergens can’t get through a well maintained HEPA filter. “Once they’ve been sucked up, they are in the bag and gone.”
Villa Clean’s professional house cleaners are specifically trained to spot these and other common allergy hotspots in your home. Regular cleaning by our experienced staff can greatly reduce the household allergens present in your home which often results in a noticeable reduction in allergy symptoms. If you are suffering from the all too familiar runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy sore throat, let Villa Clean maid cleaning service come to your Lansing area home and show you what a difference regular professional cleaning can make.