allergyThe summer is on its ending, but there is some thing you need to know.  The air is filled with the fresh scent of mowed lawns and just-cut flowers.  Dogs and cats are out for walks or inside in the air conditioning playing with their owners.  Summer showers bring a clean scent to the air.  These simple occurrences are noticed but not celebrated by one set of people in particular: allergy sufferers.  Just the thought of it can cause an allergy sufferer to remember stuffed up noses, a hoarse cough, red eyes, and exhaustion.

The worst part about allergies is that they don’t just happen outside.  Allergens can strike just as easily indoors as well.  Whether you are office cleaning, house cleaning, or you are a professional cleaning service, you can decrease allergens from indoor spaces.  There are tips and tricks that can send dust and pollen packing, with just a few simple cleaning steps.

Pet dander, mold, and dust can trigger allergy and asthma

Indoor allergens like pet dander, mold, and dust can trigger allergies and asthma, and these allergens are most commonly found right inside your own home.  They settle on furniture, floors, carpets, and other surfaces.  While no home can be 100% completely allergen-free, there are tips and products that can be used to reduce allergens.  For example, in the kitchen, use an exhaust fan to clean the air of cooking fumes.  Be sure to store foods (including pet food) in sealed containers and toss out moldy or out-of-date items.  Also, use a trash can with an insect-proof lid and empty on a daily basis.  Keep all surfaces clean with water and detergent, and wipe down and underneath the refrigerator to avoid any mold growing.  This way when you cook, the food won’t just be fresh.  The air will be, too.

Most of us spend the greatest amount of time indoors in our living areas, such as living rooms, dining rooms, and our bedrooms.  Whether you live alone or by yourself, if you don’t clean your home regularly, you may be living with more dust-mites than you think.  Your first defense is to encase box springs, mattresses, and pillow in dust-mite-proof covers, which can be found online or in your local department store.  From there, wash your sheets and blankets weekly in hot water.  Remember that keeping floors clean is essential to decreasing allergens in your home.  Vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.  If you have heavy drapes and blinds, they might keep daylight out, but they are keeping dust-mites in.  Window shades are a great investment in preventing allergens.

 Protect yourself from an allergy or asthma attack

The person who experiences allergies and asthma shouldn’t have to clean the house, as just the act of cleaning initially kicks up dust and pollen in your home.  If you have an amazing partner, helpful roommate, a teenager that’s looking for more allowance money, or, the best solituon: hire a cleaning service, accept help to protect yourself from an allergy or asthma attack. However, if it’s you and you alone who can do the cleaning, have no fear.  There are ways to prepare.  Use a high-quality dust mask and wear gloves while cleaning.  Also, be sure not to use any cleaning products that will further irritate your allergy.  Use green, natural cleaning products whenever you can.

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