How Thorough Cleaning Can Help Allergies

Dealing with allergies is never a pleasant experience for anyone. Allergies can be triggered for a variety of reasons and it can be hard for you to know what your triggers are. But letting your house become cluttered and dirty won’t do you any favours. One of the best ways to reduce allergy triggers is to ensure your environment is kept clean and free from dust. There are a few allergy triggers that can be found in the home, these include:

  • Dust/Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mould spores
  • Human/animal hair
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning chemicals 
  • Cigarette smoke

A thorough clean is scientifically proven to relieve almost all allergies, so unless you enjoy the symptoms of allergies, here’s all you need to know about cleaning for allergies. 

For carpets

Carpets are made up of millions of fibres that trap dust, mites, and other allergy triggers that can cause unpleasant symptoms. Removing your shoes when you come into the house will drastically reduce the amount of pollen that gets tracked in throughout your home, but you’re still bound to get some in the home. Ideally, use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which removes the smallest particles from the carpet. Vacuum your home once or twice a week to keep on top of the dirt, and replace the specialist filter every 6 months.

Although you may feel the need to, do not wash your carpets, as the moisture will increase dust mites and encourage mould spores to grow, making your allergies worse. 

For air conditioning 

The air conditioning in your home or workplace is bound to get clogged up with dust, dead skin cells and mites. Replacing your air conditioner’s filter regularly will ensure all the unwanted allergens are caught, instead of circulating around your property and triggering allergy symptoms. 

For windows

As condensation occurs around the windows, mould growth is more likely. Make sure your windows are properly sealed and thoroughly cleaned regularly to prevent mould growth. During the summer months when allergy sufferers are highly susceptible to the symptoms, ensure your windows are shut properly to prevent pollen from entering your home. 

For fabrics

Curtains, bed sheets, and upholstery are all magnets for irritants. As windows are often used for ventilation, dust accumulates in the blinds or curtains. Use the attachment hose on a vacuum to remove the dust weekly, or if you have PVC based blinds, use a duster and some spray to collect the dust more effectively. Allergy sufferers would also benefit from washing their bedsheets weekly, as it quickly becomes filled with dead skin cells and human hair. We recommend using a fragrance-free detergent to prevent further inflammation of your allergies and washing your bedsheets in water at least 60 celcius, as this temperature will kill dust mites. 

 

Here at Scott & Sons, we pride ourselves on providing a first class cleaning service to both domestic and commercial customers throughout Hertfordshire. We’ve been in the industry for over 40 years and are fully accredited and qualified. For more information on our services, please get in touch with a member of our team today.