Allergies are something most people would avoid at all costs if they could—except that most people don’t know where the allergens in their own home are found. Studies have revealed that over half of American homes hold several different types of allergens in areas that are rarely cleaned. The most common ones found were pet dander, dust, and mold; ironically, the most common types of allergies.
Your home should be an escape from allergens, not a place to find them. Learn how to clean your home and make it a safe haven, rather than somewhere that makes you sneeze.
✿✿✿ General Cleaning ✿✿✿
The first step is allergy-proofing your home is to wash your curtains. Drapes are usually ignored when cleaning, or they’re lightly dusted. However, dust and pet dander are particularly adept at ingraining themselves into the curtains. If not washed regularly, simply brushing against them could bring on a sneezing fit. If you can touch your curtains and see dust come off of them, they’re in need of a wash.
The next step is to wash your sheets and mattress cover. If you have a blanket in the living room or on the couch, ensure it is washed regularly, too. Pets are prone to lying on furniture and getting dander everywhere, and dead skin cells fall from our skin and get into the sheets. These should be washed once a week at minimum. Find a way to wash the ‘fancy’ linens – the throw pillows, bed skirts, and other ornamental fabrics that are often ignored.
✿✿✿Automated Cleaning ✿✿✿
It’s entirely possible to employ robots in your quest for clean rooms. The Roomba is just one example of this; the popular vacuum system runs silently, moving about the house on a set of wheels and cleaning the floors. Best of all, it works just as well on hardwood as on carpet.
These little robots are designed to pick up pet hair, dirt, and other substances that might be hiding in the nooks and crannies of your floors and in areas that aren’t often vacuumed. They’re also equipped with an air filter that keeps them from spreading the substances back into the air, making your home cleaner for everyone. Because they have such efficient battery life, it’s perfectly fine to turn them on when you leave for work and let them function until you get home.
Another potential device is an air filter. By placing on in the most frequently used rooms, and particularly in the bedroom, you can ensure clean, high-quality air for you and your family. Air filters have been shown to reduce the occurrence of sinus infections, allergies, and other respiratory problems caused by contaminated air.
Robot cleaners for allergens are becoming more and more common, and as time goes on, will only increase in efficiency. As man continues in the quest to make the home a completely safe place to reside, you can be sure the cleaning process will only get easier with time.