If you are prone to allergy and you live in Brisbane, you are going to get allergy. Hot and humid home are ripe breeding grounds for dust mites and for mold. Unfortunately for most of us the fact you have allergy is not going to be enough to get you out of cleaning the house. Dang! And there are handy things you can do to allergy proof your home for your own benefit.
Some of these 10 simple steps might help reduce your chances of getting allergy or asthma when cleaning your house and help allergy proof your house in general.
Number 1 – Find Out What You Are Actually Allergic To
You know how they say those things that happen to us all the time are the things we tend to forget, the same goes with allergy symptoms. Allergy symptoms can develop gradually over time which often times means sufferers do not realise as they think the symptoms are normal.
Symptoms can include:
– Nasal congestion
Seeing an allergist can help put in place preventative measures and can result in a noticeable improvement in everyday life for sufferers. Common causes for most people are mold, dust mites and pollens. There isn’t a whole lot of point in putting in place preventative measures in your home if you aren’t addressing the particular allergens which are affecting you. You could be allergic to pollen but you keep your back door open and have a tree with pollen on right outside.
Number 2 – Cover Your Mattress And Pillows
Where do you spend more time than anywhere else in your home? Bingo – your bedroom. That is why the battle against allergy starts here. In order to prevent problems with dust you should cover your pillows and your mattress with dust mite or anti-bedbug covers which you can zip on.
Having a dust free sleep is a great way to ensure you start each morning without heavy allergy symptoms.
Number 3 – Get Rid Of Carpet
Not at all possible for all of us as carpet isn’t something you can easily and cheaply replace. However, if it is possible it is best to replace it with hardwood. The best location to begin with is the bedroom as it is where most of your time is spent. Almost all allergen builds up in carpet including pollen and dust. Whenever you walk across the carpet it is released into the air all over again. Hardwood and other impervious flooring does not have this same problem.
Number 4 – Follow The East And Remove Your Shoes
One of the most effective ways to keep pollen and other outdoor irritants from finding their way inside is to use doormats. And not just one doormat but two. One on the outside and one on the inside of the doorway This way people entering the house can wipe off their feet before they enter and as they enter the house. You can also have a small shoe rack inside the door for guests and household family members to remove their shoes when they enter the house.
Number 5 – Ditch The Old School Vacuum Cleaner
If you have an old vacuum cleaner it probably doesn’t have a HEPA filter, if that is the case it is time for a modern upgrade. HEPA air filters are certified to remove 99.97% of particles that have a size of just 0.3 microns. You can read more about the science here if you are interested. The result of having a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is it will capture plenty of the allergenic stimulants floating their way around your home.
Number 6 – Frequently Change Your Air Filters
While we are still on the topic of filters, it is really important to change of the air filters on your air conditioning systems. For most of us (who haven’t thrown them away) we can simply follow the instructions which come with the unit. They will typically also specify how often this needs to happen.
Number 7 – Get Rid Of Mold In The Bathroom
Mold is a fungus and when the spores are in a large enough quantity they can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions particularly for those susceptible. The number 1 place mold loves in your house is your bathroom. The easiest way to minimise the amount of mold which regularly builds up is by keeping the room well ventilated and drying down surfaces whenever possible.
Unfortunately cleaning the bathroom tiles is also a necessary chore for those of us whoa are allergen prone.
Number 8 – Make Sure Your Exhaust Fans Are The Real Deal
It might sounds silly to those who haven’t seen the problem problem before but it is important to ensure vent fans in your kitchen and bathroom and exhaust fans. This means they actually extract the air outside of your house. It amazes us sometimes that so many houses have fans in the ceiling which simply recirculate particles and humidity throughout the house. For example they could simply be sucking up the humidity and putting it in your attic.
Number 9 – What Gets Measured, Gets Done!
It is a saying frequently applied in the business world but it applies just as much to the household. When the government handed out free water measurement devices to Brisbane households it gave people regular feedback as to how much they were using and helped reduce consumption.
When it comes to actively reducing humidity in the household you should invest in a hygrometer. You can pick one up from a local Bunnings store. These handy and simple little devices give you an indication of your houses moisture level. If you are receiving readings of above say about 60 percent in any areas of your house it is probably about the point where you should consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Number 10 – Room Air Filter Beats Pollen
If you took the advice from number 1 above and figured out that pollen is a major stimulant for you, than buying an air filter for a room in your house can greatly reduce the amount of pollen floating around the house. Unfortunately it won’t help too much with dust as unlike pollen dust is quite often trapped in carpet and furniture.
Hopefully, these 10 tips gave you some ideas on how you can allergy-proof your family house, particularly in the hot and humid Brisbane climate. If you think the idea of cleaning your bathroom regularly isn’t for you, be sure to get contact our local Brisbane house cleaning team.