Keeping Allergies at Bay

// January 10th, 2011 // Clean is Healthy

People often experience their worst round of allergies for the season over the winter. While flowers are not in bloom, other things that people are allergic to such as household dust and cleaning products are magnified by being indoors all of the time and not getting any fresh air over the winters coldest months.

The number one fighter of these allergies is going to be a good vacuum with a HEPA filtration system. These are a little more expensive than your average off the rack vacuum, but to allergy sufferers, should be well worth the value.

Start by doing a very, very thorough vacuuming of all carpets and fabric covered surfaces in the house, even if they don’t look all that dirty, dust isn’t something you can really see on fabric. If you have carpets that are older or take a lot of abuse you may need to have a carpet cleaning done. Vacuums alone remove 75-80% of common dirt in the carpet but that may not be enough if your carpets are deeply soiled.

Remember to change your furnace filter often and use a HEPA certified filter whenever changing it. If your house has an abundance of dust showing up right after (24 hours or so) you clean, you may need to have the duct work cleaned. For those of you who haven’t done this before, it entails having a company come out and hook up special equipment to your furnace and ducting and basically sucking all the dust and dirt out of your heating and cooling system.

It is a considerable expense but once you have this service done it should be much easier to keep up with the dust in your house by regular cleaning and changing of furnace filters. You will be amazed what a difference this makes.

Use allergy friendly products when cleaning, many of these are advertised right in the household cleaning section of the grocery store. Most are identified on the label as being “Allergy Free”, but if you have questions, ask somebody that works in the department and is familiar with the products.

If you have any kind of allergic reaction to the products you are now using due to their strong or lingering smell switch to an alternative product that is unscented or “Green” labeled. “Green” products often do not use the strong fragrances and harsh detergents that normal cleaners use.

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