Many people think that allergies only flourish during spring or autumn. And that’s true if we only are talking about pollen, but in winter, allergens can be located inside your home. If you have a persistent cold in January or your sneezing too much, probably your house has dust mites triggering your symptoms. So, how to avoid winter allergies? Keep reading to find out seven tips for your indoors.
1. Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting
Having large carpets in your room provides a perfect environment for the dust mites to thrive. Dust mites are microscopic bugs responsible for most of the indoor allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. So, to get rid of them, use small rugs instead and clean them regularly.
2. Wash sheets, blankets and pajamas weekly
Every night you spend about eight hours in your bed. You can clean all you want, but if your sleep chambers have dust mites, all will be in vain. How can you avoid this? Wash with hot water your sheets, blankets, and pajamas at least once a week. Also, before you go to sleep, be sure to take a shower and avoid putting dirty stuff above your bed.
3. Vacuum frequently
We can’t stress this enough: vacuum. Vacuum your carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Most of the dust mites are located in these areas, and having a good-functioning vacuum is very important. For better results, you better use a high/efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. As well, clean every time you have a chance and take off your shoes before stepping inside.
4. Let the air circulate
How to prevent winter illness? One of the easier ways is to let the air flow. During winter days, when the windows are mostly closed, the air in the house can get too dry, and this may cause some skin problems and allergies. To avoid this, you can open a window just a little each day to keep the air flowing, or you can buy an air humidifier.
5. Clean your chimney
Most people don’t know, but a dirty chimney can contaminate the air and even led o a fire accident. Sometimes, when you use your fireplace after months, the fire will burn dirty and probably leak some smoke inside the house. If you notice this sign, it’s time to clean the chimney.
6. Eliminate mold and pests
Not only is mold an ugly stain in your walls and floors, but also mold spores are potential allergy triggers. Being in a moldy room can cause sneezing and congestion in some noses. In the initial stages, mold can be treated with bleach and vinegar, but in more extreme cases, a professional clean up may be required. The same goes for pests like cockroaches. Clean your kitchen, slots between rooms, and low the moisture level in your home.
7. Keep pets out of your room
If you spend a lot of time in your room (like most people), treat it like your allergy-free sanctuary. Even though your pet has never given you allergies, hair and dander can fall from their skin and stay in your room. In a short time, this could trigger your allergies. So, we recommend not letting your cat or dog enter your bed if you are suffering from allergies.
That’s it! We hope this information helps you prevent allergies inside your home. For those of you who may need a deep clean to get rid of mold and dust, here in Tidy Titan Cleaners, we are ready to help. Contact us on our website.