House Cleaning for Allery Triggers
Allergy triggers, or allergens, can be found all around your house. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold can settle on surfaces, such as beds, floors, and curtains, and may not be visible to the eye. One of the best ways to eliminate allergens is to clean your house thoroughly. Follow these tips to keep your home clean and your allergy symptoms under control. Here are some helpful tips on cleaning your home in Kansas City, MO.
1. Wear a Mask While Cleaning
Wear an N95 filter mask to limit your exposure to allergens during cleaning. This is particularly important when cleaning mold.
2. Wash Linen Weekly
Wash linen weekly in water heated to at least 60 degrees Celsius. If you can’t wash your linen in hot water, use a laundry detergent formulated to remove allergens.
3. Wash Curtains Monthly
If you have washable curtains, wash them monthly to remove allergens, such as dust, pollen, and mold spores. You should also wipe blinds and shades with a damp cloth.
4. Remove Mold and Mildew from Window Sills and Frames
Remove mold and mildew from window sills and frames using a mild bleach detergent and an old rag. Avoid using a scrubbing brush to remove the mold, as this can release mold spores into the air.
5. Clean Floors Daily
Vacuum floors daily with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. You should also wash floor mats and area rugs weekly.
6. Vacuum Upholstered Furniture Weekly
Vacuum upholstered furniture at least once a week. Remember to clean behind and under furniture and other hard-to-reach places that can harbor allergens.
7. Steam Clean Carpets Periodically
Steam clean carpets periodically to reduce dust mites and other allergens. Be sure to schedule a steam cleaning at a time when your carpets can dry quickly, as prolonged wetness can cause mold growth.
8. Dust Hard Surfaces Regularly
Dust tables, shelves, picture frames and other hard surfaces daily with a damp cloth. Avoid using a feather duster or dry cloth, as these can displace allergens into the air.
9. Clean Toys Weekly
If you have children, clean their toys weekly. Wash washable toys in water heated to at least 60 degrees Celsius and place unwashable toys in the freezer for 24 hours. Store clean toys in a toy chest or cupboard.
10. Minimize Clutter
Minimize clutter to reduce the number of surfaces on which allergens can settle. Store items, such as books, ornaments and children’s toys, in display cabinets, drawers or containers to help make cleaning easier.
11. Clean Air Filters and Ducts Regularly
Clean air filters and ducts regularly to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system and reduce the amount of allergens in your home. You should also change your air filters at least once a month.
12. Clean Up Food Spills and Debris Immediately
Clean your refrigerator, food cupboards and kitchen countertops weekly, or immediately if you notice food spills and debris. Be sure to check for and discard moldy or out-of-date items.
13. Empty Trash Daily
Place garbage in a trash can with an insect-proof lid and empty the trash daily. After emptying the trash can, clean it with disinfectant and then dry it thoroughly.
14. Scrub Your Sink Daily
Wash dirty dishes immediately after eating; don’t let them pile up in the sink or on kitchen countertops. Scrub your sink and empty sink strainers daily to remove food debris and mold.
Cleaning your home thoroughly can be time-consuming, but these tips can make it easier to eliminate allergens and keep your allergy symptoms under control. If you feel you need some extra help, Margaret McHenry Maids can provide house cleanings and expanded en residence services to assist you in cleaning your home during allergy season or any season thereafter. If you’d like to learn more about our home cleaning service in Kansas City, please contact us today.