5 Key Room Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

 

When spring means flowers blooming and pollen dancing in the air, your home becomes less of a sanctuary and more of a hub for allergies. Mould, dust mites and animal dander can cause the immune system to overreact, leaving your family sniffing, swelling and itching.

If your family is prone to allergies, health risks lurk in every corner of your house. In fact, indoor air pollution is one of the five primary environmental threats to public health. With millions of Australians suffering from pollution induced allergies, it’s time to reduce your family’s exposure to allergens by strategically cleaning the 5 key areas of your home, and be allergy-free once and for all.

 

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

 

1. Bedroom

The best place to start is the place you spend a third or more of your day in – the bedroom. Dust mites are found in your mattresses, pillows, bedding and bedroom carpets. They can be controlled by controlling dust and keeping bedding clean.

The plan:

  • Washing bedding and curtains in hot water
  • Cleaning window frames and seals
  • Vacuuming and damp dusting
  • Wet mopping your hard surface floors
  • Professionally clean carpets, upholstery and mattresses twice a year
  • Consider installing an air filter device in your bedroom
  • Use mite-proof covers, or wash your pillows 4 times a year

 

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies


2. Bathroom

A warm, damp space like your bathroom is the perfect spot for mould and mildew to grow. These tiny plants release undetectable spores that float around the air.

The plan:

  • Cleaning window frames and seals
  • Vacuuming and damp dusting
  • Wet mopping your hard surface floors
  • Clean appliances like extraction filters as spores can land and grow in them
  • Clean toilets and bathrooms twice a week, using antibacterial products to prevent mould from growing again
  • Clean soap scum frequently and keep your sinks clean and dry

 

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

 

2. Kitchen

The heart of the home is the kitchen, and cockroaches might agree it’s the place to be. Second after dust mites as the most populous indoor allergen (due to their droppings), cockroaches are attracted to food, moisture, cooking grease and crumbs.

The plan:

  • Clean the refrigerator (outside and inside) plus surrounding areas to prevent mould
  • Keep your food in containers with tight fitting lids
  • Clean the stove and other cooking areas to remove food and grease daily
  • Clean counter tops and floors to remove food crumbs and liquid spills
  • Keeping damp kitchen areas – such as below the sink – dry
  • Empty the bins on a daily basis
  • Wash floors on a weekly basis

 

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

 

4. Living Room

Children are exposed to allergens in the living areas when they play and crawl all over the floor. If there’s presence of smokers or pets, and multiple family members, the level of dust and pollution may increase in those areas of the home. Ensure your carpets, furniture and upholstery are dust free and clean. The vacuum should have an efficient HEPA filter or has a specifically designed bag to contain allergens.

The plan:

  • Vacuum carpets, furniture and upholstery once a week or more often if there is a house pet
  • Clean window frames and seals regularly
  • Clean light fixtures and ceiling fans at least once a month
  • Use washable door rags to catch pollen, dust and soil (clean them monthly)
  • Dampen hard surface floors before mopping them at least once a week
  • Repair damaged water systems (broken pipes, leakages etc) immediately to prevent mould from growing on water damaged walls or under flooring.

 

5 Key Rooms Cleans to Combat Spring Allergies

 

5. Air Handling System

Most homes have heating and cooling systems, as well as air conditioning systems, central heating and ventilation. Ensure your systems are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis because the air duct systems conceal dust mite allergens, animal dander, pollen, mould spores and dust.

The plan:

  • Make sure the air handling unit is clean by draining moisture and cleaning ducts
  • Make sure the moisture in the air conditioning system’s drip pans are cleaned thoroughly
  • Change replaceable filters on a monthly basis
  • Use a filter enhancer spray on disposable filters

 

Our top tips for cleaning:

  • Open all windows when cleaning for proper ventilation, and switch on the exhaust fan
  • Spray products onto wiping cloths as opposed to directly on the surface
  • Do not mix chemical cleaning products together, they may release toxic fumes
  • Leave the room after cleaning until it airs out

 

If you’re sensitive to conventional cleaning products, consider making the switch to naturally derived alternatives – they are just as effective as those that contain harsher cleaning agents, minus the allergy triggering chemicals. Check the ingredients listed to make sure it’s suitable for your family.

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