- Start high and work low,…allow gravity to make your job easier. by working with it. Use a damp microfiber cloth starting at the ceiling. Dusting the ceiling fan blades and light fixtures first and then wiping all the cob webs from the moldings, working down the wall, into the corners and along the baseboards.
- Remove air duct vents for thorough cleaning.
- Clean microfiber often and pay special attention to corners, windows, blinds and picture rails when dusting
- Open windows to bring in fresh air before the pollen season begins in your area. Go to www.aaaai.org/nab to find out the current pollen and mold levels in your area.
- Vacuum all mattresses and yes…..use the special attachments for better cleaning capabilities. Ideally you will want to have a vacuum that is HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) rated so you capture the smallest dirt, dust and dander particles possible. Focus on the indented areas near the buttons and seams of the mattress where higher levels of particulate collect. Take your time and cover all surfaces of the mattress and box spring. Flip or turn mattress for even wear.
- When emptying vacuum cleaner collection area or changing out a bag, bring the vacuum cleaner outdoors to make the change. This will keep dust, dander and allergens escaping back into the home. Wipe vacuum cleaner with damp cloth before resuming cleaning.
- On days where pollen counts are elevated, keep windows closed. If you have been outdoors during high pollen counts be sure to shampoo hair so pollens are not transferred to furniture upholstery, pillows and bedding. Allergens that are tracked in from outside can stay potent enough to cause symptoms for a few days.
- Ultraviolet rays and extreme cold will kill dust mites, so putting your mattress/upholstery in the sun or outside in the winter will help reduce the populations. Vacuuming of excrement and particulates is still necessary.
- Check and clean all filters. These include, filters for air conditioners, air purifiers and humidifiers.
- Watch out for mold. Inspect shower curtains and other likely breeding grounds.
- In the Kitchen, use the exhaust fan on a regular basis to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Place garbage in a can with an insect proof lid and empty trash can often if not daily. Store food, including pet food in sealed containers and discard moldy or out of day items.
- Each week, mop the floors and wipe down cabinets, back splashes and appliances. Clean cabinets and counter tops with detergent and water and check plumbing for leaks. Wipe out moisture in the refrigerator to avoid mold growth.
- Empty and clean drip pans and clean or replace moldy rubber seals around doors. Wash the dish rack and wipe the light switch plates, phone and inside of the garbage can.
- Seasonally, empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator and the utensil drawers. Scrub down the cupboard exteriors and clean the stove hood filter.
- Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust mite proof covers. Wash sheets pillow cases and blankets weekly in 130 degree water. Remove, wash or cover comforters.
- Clean carpet weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has small particle or HEPA filter. Wash area rugs and floor mats and mop hard surface flooring weekly. Use curtains made of cotton or synthetic fabric and wash them seasonally.
- Keep windows closed and use air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills with a solution of chlorine bleach (3/4 cup to one gallon of water) always wear a protective mask when cleaning mold.
- Remove anything that collects dust, such as knick-knacks and books. Store toys, games and stuffed animals in plastic bins. Keep pets out of the bedroom. Bathing animals twice a month may reduce allergens.
- Hot humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Maintain temperatures at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity under 50%. Clean or replace small particle filters in central heating and cooling systems and in room air conditioners at least once a month.
- Control cockroaches and mice with traps from the hardware store or hire a professional exterminator. To prevent re-infestations, seal cracks or other entry points.
- An exhaust fan can reduce moisture while taking baths or showers, remember high humidity is a perfect breeding ground for mold, pests pathogens and dust mites. Use washable rugs. Remove wallpaper and install tile or paint walls with mold resistant enamel paint.
- Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use. Scrub mold from tub and faucets. Clean or replace moldy show curtains and bathmats. Quickly repair any water leaks to keep moisture and humidity low.
- Remove moldy or water damaged carpeting. Mold spores can grow if carpet has been wet over 48 hours. If possible, use cement or linoleum flooring in a basement due to the dampness of basements. If that is not an option, use low pile instead of high pile carpeting and always use HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. Install plastic sheeting (vapor barrier) under carpeting to prevent moisture seepage.
- Check for and repair any sources of leaks or water damage. Look around the exterior and interior of walls of home for pipes that are not sealed and caulked properly. Air can infiltrate the building and if you live in a humid climate, the humid air can create moisture issues in the basement of your home. Seal these entry points properly. A dehumidifier can reduce dampness, although it will need to be cleaned once a week.
- Use an exhaust fan to vent moisture from a clothes dryer outside.
- Wash mildew from concrete floors and walls with a solution of bleach and water. Allow the solution to sit for at least five minutes, then rinse and dry. Always wear rubber gloves when working with bleach or vinegar solutions.
- If you have a section of carpet with mold or mildew, clean the back of the carpet with one part hydrogen peroxide to five parts water. If possible, remove the carpet and place in the sun to dry. If not, prop the section up and use a fan to dry the area.
- Pet dander may be elevated in certain parts of your home after a long winter spent indoors. If you suffer from pet allergies, vacuum your pet’s sleeping quarters well, wash your pest and pet’s bedding frequently and speak to your vet about a well balanced diet for your animal, because a healthy pet may shed less dander.
- By reducing the allergens around your home that trigger attacks, you can breathe easier and reduce your susceptibility to future episodes.When it comes to allergies, there are thousands of irritants that can potentially cause allergy and asthma attacks, but researchers estimate that at least 80% of these attacks are triggered by one common culprit: Dust mite feces.Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? It is.
Have you ever seen a dust mite up close? Chances are you wouldn’t. Dust mites are microscopic creatures that lurk about your home unseen. When magnified, however, these ittsy, bitty insects look like spiders!
Seven thousand of these creatures can fit on a single fingernail. Up to two hundred million dust mites can infest your home at any given time, and they can double their population in ten hours. But this isn’t the real problem, the trouble is each dust mites can produce up to 40 pieces of feces a day and it is a protein in this refuse that research reveals cause most allergy and asthma attacks.
Carpeting, furniture, mattresses, pillows and stuffed animals serve as breeding grounds for dust mites and are littered with their dead bodies and waste. In fact, it’s estimated that at least one-tenth of the weight of your two year old pillow is dust mite feces.
As you walk across your carpet in your home, any feces in the fibers are launched airborne and can hang around in the air for quite some time, ending up on your eyes, nose, and even in your lungs.
Dust mite feces is one of the hardest allergens to control, but it’s not impossible. There are steps that you can take today to help rid your home of this problem. First…
Place your mattresses and pillows in allergy-impermeable covers
Wash your all your bedding and pillows in hot water once a week
Vacuum regularly, using a “high-efficiency particulate air filter”, HEPA filter, so that microscopic allergens aren’t released back into the air through your vacuum’s exhaust.
Electrostatic filters helps remove airborne particles and some dust mites.
Have your air ducts in your heating and air conditioning system cleaned at least once a year.
Professionally clean upholstery,carpets and Mattress every six months to a year.
And most importantly, clean your carpets every three to six months to get your carpets thoroughly cleaned.
Carpets dry in two to three hours, leaving you with a clean carpet and less allergens to trigger an attack.
In addition to health concerns, with regular professional cleaning and proper maintenance, your carpets will last longer and look better for years to come. In fact, many carpet manufacturers require you to have your carpets cleaned annually to maintain your warranty.
In addition to carpet cleaning, Allerganx offers Upholstery,Carpet and mattress cleaning for complete environmental control
Tired of sneezing, headaches, and a stuffy nose? Relief might be only a phone call away. If you have further questions or would like to schedule a carpet cleaning appointment with us, just call 763-227-9101. Again that