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July 15, 2021

3 Things You Can Do to Minimize Allergens at Home

If you are responsible for maintaining cleanliness at home, you know how annoying it is to keep the dust off certain surfaces. Often it can be close to impossible. You can sweep your floor and wipe your surfaces every day in an effort to reduce indoor dust, but that would be too much work for one person. Let’s accept it; dust floating around your home is inevitable, especially if you have pets and live in a relatively populated area.

While some people can function with a bit of dust in their surroundings, those who are more vulnerable to allergens will spend the day sniffling and sneezing at best and wheezing with asthma at worst. Whether you are allergic to dust or not, it is better for your overall health to reduce allergens indoors.

Here are three things you can do to minimize dust and allergens at home. 

  1. Clean Your HVAC Filter

Dusting your entire house is useless if you have a machine that is sucking in all the dust from outside. Leaving it uncleaned will allow the dirt to settle in the system and blow dust all over, making it more difficult to minimize the allergens at home. See if your HVAC system needs cleaning or if your air filter needs a replacement. It is recommended to clean your HVAC filter every after the spring and fall seasons. You may schedule regular deep cleaning services too to do this for you. 

Aside from regular cleaning of your HVAC filter, you can install a HEPA filter. This filter is effective in trapping up to 99 percent of particles that linger inside your house. 

  1. Use Your Vacuum Cleaner

Different types of cleaning equipment are there to solve various cleaning problems. Your vacuum cleaner is designed to help get rid of lingering dust and dirt. Sweeping your floor cannot remove most of the dust; instead, it’s just transferring these allergens from one area of the house to another. This is where a vacuum cleaner helps the most. 

Using the vacuum cleaner every time you are cleaning your house sucks up a lot of dust that you may not even be aware of. However, your vacuum will make your allergen problem worse if you don’t clean the canister or replace the dust bag. If you have a runny nose after using your vacuum, it might be time to unload the canister or replace the bag. 

  1. Wipe Off Dust with a Damp Cloth

Nothing beats the traditional way of dusting the house. Cloth is always an effective strategy, but using a damp cloth can make it more effective than any other cleaning equipment. A wet cloth can effectively remove dust from surfaces and prevent it from going back to where it was wiped off. 

Dampen your microfiber cloth with a bit of disinfectant to remove dust from surfaces in your home. Just make sure to avoid using a damp cloth on porous objects.

How Often Should You Dust?

While it’s safe to say that cleaning and dusting your house regularly is a must, the frequency of your cleaning depends on your health. Every individual reacts differently to allergens, and if you or someone you live with has a sensitive respiratory system, you must dust more frequently. Families who have pets and children should dust more often, too. 

Try dusting, vacuuming, and wiping surfaces once a week. If allergies are still triggered, you will need to address your dust problem much more frequently. 

Conclusion

Allergens are inevitable at home, but your house can be dustier than others depending on where it is located, the activities of people living in it, and the living setup that you have. Aside from using the right equipment to minimize the allergens in your surroundings, you also need to take extra steps to prevent them from circulating inside your house. 

Forego cleaning on your own and make the most of your extra time by booking Queen Bee Cleaning Service for a whole-house cleaning service. This is our most in-demand service for families and individuals who are too busy to clean their own space. Book an appointment today!

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