More than having a beautiful living space, homeowners have to aim for it to be clean and allergy-free. The thing with allergens is that this could be very tricky to stay on top of, as they are invisible to the naked eye. If your cleaning routine isn’t as thorough, then chances are, your household has more than just seasonal allergies.
Allergens are everywhere, usually settling on the ceiling, floor, and furniture, causing allergic reactions and triggering symptoms of a condition like asthma. In your living space, some common sources of allergies are rugs or carpets, decorative items, soft furniture, indoor plants, pillows, and curtains or blinds.
If you’re wondering what the steps are to transform your living space into a clean, allergy-free one, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few tips.
- Keep Your Rugs And Carpets Clean
Rugs and carpets do more than just a functional purpose in the entryway. When placed across different living space areas, those are meant to delineate the space. It’s like the final touch to every division, be it the living room, dining room, foyer, and even the kitchen, when you have an open-plan living space.
Instead of having a bare, plain, cold floor, adding a rug and carpets contributes more style and a hint of coziness to your space. However, this only works only if your rugs and carpets are clean and well-kept. Therefore, keep your rug looking its best to make your living space allergy-free.
Start with regular vacuuming and changing your rugs. If regular vacuuming is no longer sufficient, send it over to the rug and carpet care specialists, as they’ll know how to handle even the dirtiest of all rugs.
- Vacuum The Floors Thoroughly
A vacuum should be a staple cleaning equipment in households. Do this not just on the carpets and rugs but all over your home. High-traffic areas of the living space, like the dining area and kitchen, should be vacuumed daily to stay on top of all the dust and food crumbs. For the rest of the house, a weekly schedule will suffice.
Fortunately for homeowners today, the selection of possible vacuums to purchase is wide and varied. It’s up to you to select one within the price point you can afford, albeit having all the features you’re looking for in a vacuum.
- Dust The Furniture
Allergens thrive better on surfaces than they do on the air. Therefore, to prevent its buildup, dust the furniture regularly. There are numerous approaches to go about this, all depending on the kind of furniture you have. As much as possible, it’s better to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean and dust your furniture.
When cleaning around the living space, don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas like ceiling fans, ceilings, corners, door frames, and under every cabinet or couch. It’s tempting to skip them because of how hard they may be to reach but doing so only speeds up dust accumulation in those spaces.
- Choose House Plants Very Carefully
In recent years, there has been a rise in the demand for house plants among homeowners. The garden has its space not just outdoors, but now, homeowners are also bringing plants inside their homes. More than being a decorative item, choosing house plants very carefully gives you a chance to have those that also double as natural air purifiers.
There are so many indoor plants you can choose from, so first, start with what you have in your local area. Then, narrow down which ones demand the less attention, so your indoor plants live and do their job of purifying the air without much maintenance.
- Control Cockroaches
Pests are another top culprit of allergens. To avoid this, don’t leave any food in the kitchen uncovered. The same holds for your garbage can, too. The latter may not be something you’d want to deal with every so often, but staying on top of your waste disposal stops pests like cockroaches from infesting your home.
- Keep The Bathroom Free Of Mold
Lastly, molds, which are commonly found in bathrooms, are as damp as they are humid. Don’t forget to scrub your tiles regularly. This task should be on your weekly cleaning routine, like vacuuming the entire home. Include all the surfaces, like the sink and shower area where molds may accumulate.
Stop Allergens From Contaminating Your Living Space
Excellent housekeeping practices are the key to keeping allergies away. Beyond that, surely no homeowner wants to live in a messy and unkempt home. Think of your home as your sanctuary, a place you’ll look forward to unwinding and putting your feet up after a long day out.
With the tips above, you’ll have peace of mind that your home is a safe place where allergens won’t have a place to grow and thrive. You’re the boss of your home, so take control of it. Now you won’t have to feel so powerless about the onset of those regular allergic reactions.