Types of Indoor Allergens
Allergens can be found all over any surface in your house.
- Dust Mites thrive in warm temperatures and thick dust, which is why they are commonly found in air ducts, carpet, and other hard-to-clean places. When these microscopic organisms begin to decay, they can cause allergies and trigger asthma.
- Pet dander and fur can also be an issue because it adds to the accumulation of dust.
- Mold can usually cause serious illnesses if it’s left untreated in your home. Mold releases spores that can cause allergies or illness when inhaled.
- Pollen is a very common trigger of allergy symptoms, particularly during the spring. It sticks to clothes and can come in through open doors and windows.
Removing Indoor Allergens
When it comes to removing indoor allergens, simple cleaning practices can take care of most of the issues. Although, more rigorous cleaning may be necessary if allergies continue. If you are highly susceptible to allergens, you may want to wear a face mask to cover your mouth and nose while cleaning.
- A basic dusting can help minimize pet dander and dust mites. However, make sure to use a damp cloth when dusting so the particles don’t enter the air! Also, don’t forget to dust fans because they will blow dust particles around every time you turn them on.
- Washing bedding helps decrease dust mites. They love to sit in bedding, so cleaning your sheets once a week can help reduce dust mites and dead skin. You should also clean your mattress with a fabric disinfectant or put an allergen-proof cover on your mattress and non-washable pillows. This can help to decrease dandruff and dust accumulation.
- Keep screenless windows shut to help keep out pollen and other particles. Also, reapply sealant to the perimeter of your doors and windows. If reapplying sealant doesn’t work, you may need to consider replacing your windows.
- Preventing mold and mildew comes down to keeping areas of your home that are prone to moisture dry. Use an exhaust fan when taking a bath or shower. Dehumidifiers can also help decrease mold in moisture-prone rooms.
- Replace the filters in your heating and cooling systems. If you don’t do this, any particles that filter through the systems can be dispersed into the air of your home.
Removing indoor allergens can also be done through a good air duct cleaning. It’s highly recommended that you have your home’s air ducts professionally cleaned! Here at Valley Restoration and Construction, we offer air duct and carpet cleaning services.