The arrival of spring is always associated with the awakening of nature from hibernation and the beginning of a new life cycle that promises pleasant changes, warmth and sun. During such a period, it is important to realize that during the winter months, dust, dirt and allergens such as mildew gradually accumulated in the home, which could provoke asthma and allergy symptoms in susceptible people.
High-quality spring cleaning will be perfectly in place. In addition, asthmatics and allergy sufferers will benefit from it much more than their family members. Indeed, in the process of cleaning the home, it will be possible to get rid of both internal and seasonal allergens. Of course, many of them are difficult to deal with, but there are many ways to reduce the harmful effects of such factors on the whole family.
To effectively cleanse your apartment or house from the presence of a number of factors that cause asthma or allergies, first of all, you should pay attention to the cleaning agents used, ventilation and household appliances. Doctors dealing with this problem point out the pointlessness of simply moving dust during cleaning and spraying cleaning or detergents in the air. On the contrary, all this fuss, which many consider to be effective and vigorous cleaning, can have an adverse effect.
It is much more important to focus on the key problem areas and devote more energy and time to them. And during the cleaning process, of course, you should use a damp cloth to clean the surfaces of dust, more often clean or change the filter in a vacuum cleaner, and also pay attention to the slightest signs of mold. Here’s what more professionals recommend:
1. Get rid of old trash
The absence of unused and unnecessary old things in the cabinets significantly reduces the dynamics of dust formation. You should not keep anything superfluous in the house, but it is advisable to carefully pack the necessary.
2. Dust on unused surfaces
Over the long autumn and winter months, dust has gradually accumulated on windows, blinds, eaves and baseboards. To clean such places, it is recommended to use a damp cloth, which is advisable to rinse regularly. In the process, the raising of dust should be avoided so as not to provoke its movement to other places.
3. Vacuum thoroughly
Suffering from any type of allergy, the premises must be thoroughly vacuumed. In this case, it is best to entrust such a task to someone else.
4. Removing dust mites from bed linen
It is very important to wash bed linen, sheets, pillowcases and even a blanket at least once every 2 weeks at temperatures over 55 ° C.
5. Cleaning clothes
Outerwear, used constantly, is able to accumulate a variety of allergens contained not only in the atmosphere of the home, but also on the street, in public transport and other places. That is why it is necessary to make increased demands on the cleanliness of regularly worn things.
6. Cleanliness of upholstery and curtains
Upholstered furniture and, of course, curtains must not only be vacuumed, but also thoroughly cleaned. Unfortunately, allergens cling very readily to soft surfaces. In turn, vertical blinds or roller blinds have a much lower ability to accumulate dust.
7. Replacing filters
When faced with asthma or allergies, it is very important to clean or change filters in air purifiers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and hoods in time. The air in the living area must always remain fresh and clean.
8. Cleaning for pets
If you have a pet in your home that has spent a long winter indoors, you must thoroughly vacuum, clean and wash its habitat.
9. Ruthless fight against mold
Mold is often the most significant trigger, provoking not only allergies, but also asthma. After finding foci of such microorganisms and cleaning all surfaces from them, it is necessary to eliminate the cause of the increase in humidity in such places and to disinfect.