If a person has allergies, it’s important to take action and make the home as allergy-proof as possible. Obviously, this will depend on the sort of allergies that person has. Here are some useful tips that people may wish to consider in their quest to live in an allergy-free environment.
Bedroom. Bedding should be covered in dust-mite proof covers. Wash all blankets, sheets and pillowcases weekly as a minimum, and ensure that the water temperature is at least 130°F. Replace feathered or wool bedding with synthetic versions.
Floors. Get rid of all carpeting. Either have lino or hardwood, or use rugs for some areas, but if you do that make sure that the rugs can be washed easily. If this isn’t possible, choose low-pile carpeting, and then have it vacuumed weekly using a decent vacuum cleaner that has either a high-efficiency particle or small-particle air filter. Make sure to shampoo carpeting regularly. Wash hard floors and vacuum the whole house regularly. This helps prevent insects from getting in and causing allergies to flare up.
Furniture. Replace upholstered chairs and sofas with leather, plastic, wood or metal, as these materials are less likely to house any allergens.
Windows. During the pollen season, shut windows and use air conditioning. Clean condensation and mold from sills and frames.
Kitchen. People should use a vented exhaust fan above the stove to decrease moisture and eliminate fumes. Scrub sink to get rid of food debris and mold. Wipe excess moisture away in the fridge and freezer. Empty and then clean the dripping pan regularly. Replace moldy seals. Clean benchtops and cabinets with water and detergent. Check for any leaks. Store all food in sealed containers.
Bathroom. Use an exhaust fan when showering and bathing to decrease moisture. Check for leaks. Clean all mold from the bath and shower regularly with bleach. Dry the bath with a towel once it has been used. Clean the toilet regularly and check for leaks and mold.
Whole house. People should maintain a room temperature between 68°F – 72°F because dust mites thrive in warm homes. Humidity should not go higher than 50%. On a monthly basis, they must clean and/or replace air filters in cooling and heating systems.
Seal all cracks in the walls, ceilings or floors in the home; this prevents re-infestation.
Pests. If people have mice, cockroaches, ants or other pests, they can get traps or lay down poison. However, if this doesn’t work, they’ll have to hire an exterminator.
Clutter. Get rid of clutter that sits and gathers dust. If things are not needed get rid of them. If they are, store them in sealable plastic boxes.
Pets. Pets can cause lots of allergies. If a person has a pet AND allergies, they should probably find a new home for the pet. If they want to keep the pet, it must never be allowed in the bedroom. Wash them once a week to help get rid of allergens on them or in the dander they shed.
This is not a complete list. If a person has allergies, they need to identify what is triggering them in the home, and then target those things specifically.