With the arrival of spring, we’re going spend a lot of our time outside enjoying the warmer weather and the sprouting beauty of nature. However, with the excitement of spring also comes dreaded asthma and allergy season. Millions of people all over the nation suffer from allergies, and the springtime air carries hundreds of triggers and allergens that send us into sneezing and coughing fits. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies and asthma, you’ll want to make your home a haven away from the dust, dander, and pollen this season. By following our professional tips on allergy and asthma-proofing your home, you’ll be well on your way to creating a healthy environment for you and your loved ones during the springtime.
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How to Create Reduce the Effects of Asthma and Allergy In Your Home
Keeping asthma and allergy triggers out of your home this season may be easier than you think! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to creating a safe and healthier indoor environment.
Keep the Dust, Dander, and Pollen Under Control
Dust, dander, and pollen are the most common asthma and allergy triggers to look out for. Dust mites, pet dander, and even your own skin cells can carry these microscopic particles into your home. While keeping them out completely is basically impossible, there are plenty of ways to keep them at a minimum and under control.
- Keep the windows and closed and rely on air conditioning. This will keep pollen particles outside where they belong.
- Avoid using ceiling fans as they only stir up dust.
- Vacuum your carpet weekly.
- Cover mattresses, box springs, and pillows with special allergen-proof fabric covers.
- Steer away from the use of down pillows and comforters.
- Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning and vacuuming.
- Bathe and brush your pets regularly while doing your best to keep them off upholstered furniture.
Eliminate the Cockroaches
While cockroaches are already an unwelcome house guest, they are also major contributors to allergies. Their droppings contain a protein that is a primary asthma trigger. If you’ve spotted a cockroach or two scurrying around your house, it may be time to invest your time in more regular cleaning. The pests rely on the water and food you leave behind to survive, but they’ll have to move elsewhere if their host can no longer provide for them. Fix all leaks in your home, keep food in tight containers, be aware of dirty dishes sitting out for too long, and take out the garbage regularly. Also, be sure to block any openings the cockroaches may be crawling through such as windows, cracks, or floor gaps.
Prevent the Growth of Mold
Mold is a very common problem in many households across the nation. While some forms may be harmless, there is also the potential of a toxic mold outbreak, which can cause serious health issues for you and anyone else living in the home. There are many ways to clean mold yourself, but there are even more ways to prevent it from growing to begin with! Follow these useful tips to keep your home from becoming a host for mold:
- Fix any leaks or seepage inside the home.
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in the basement, where mold tends to grow the most.
- Don’t leave wet clothes lying around for too long, especially in the washer.
- Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Don’t keep too many plants inside.
- Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold-killing cleaners.
It’s Time for Some Spring Cleaning! Rely on ServiceMaster of Charleston
Whether it’s to prepare your home for allergy season or simple spring cleaning, you can depend on us to keep it clean! We understand that your home is one of your biggest investments and a well-maintained home creates a healthier and happier environment to thrive in. Our professional and reliable residential cleaning technicians will get the job done just the way you want it. With over 50 years of experience, our team will always be there to restore your home and peace of mind. Contact us today for a free, no obligation estimate! We look forward to hearing from you!