With spring allergies on the way, it’s important to take extra precautions to keep the scratchy, sneaky, watery-eyed culprits at bay. By following these tips recommended by the Mayo Clinic, you’ll be well on your way to an allergen-free home:
- Switch to Hardwood Floors
Since carpets trap dust, hair, and other irritating particles, it’s best to switch to hardwood or linoleum floors. If you can’t remove your carpets, try switching to low-pile carpeting and clean them as frequently as you can with a vacuum.
- Change Out Upholstered Furniture
Like your carpets, your furnishings can easily collect allergens. If you have any upholstered couches or chairs, consider replacing them with leather pieces, as they’re much easier to clean.
- Clean Your Air Filters
If your air filters aren’t properly taken care of, they’ll be circulating dirty air throughout your home. To prevent this from happening, clean your filters regularly. Also make sure that there isn’t anything blocking your filters so that they can be working as efficiently as possible.
- Stick to a Weekly Cleaning Routine
Arguably the best way to remove allergens in your home is to have an effective weekly cleaning routine. What needs to be done will vary from home to home, but some of the staple recommendations would be to wash any curtains, vacuum the floors, and dust any appliances. By sticking to this routine, you’ll have a better chance of removing most of the culprit particles in your home.