December 12, 2017

Allergy Proof Your Home

Allergy-Proof Your Home

  • Attic
    • Foundation and windows and stairwells – Check for and repair any sources of leaks or water damage.
    • Air quality – Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness, and clean it once a week.
    • Storage – Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins.
  • Bedroom
    • Bed and bedding – Encase pillows, mattresses, and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers.  Wash sheets, pillowcases, and blankets at least once a week.
    • Air filtration – Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.  Try adjusting your air filter so that it directs clean air toward your head when you sleep.
  • Bathroom
    • Ventilation – Install an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths or showers.
    • Floors – Remove carpeting and use tile, vinyl, wood, or linoleum flooring.  Use washable rugs.
    • Shower – Towel-dry the tub after use.  Scrub mold from tub & shower with bleach.
  • Kitchen
    • Sink – Wash dishes daily.  Scrub the sink and faucets to remove mold and food debris.
    • Refrigerator – Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth.  Discard moldy or out-of-date food.
    • Cabinets and counters – Clean cabinets and countertops with detergent and water.  Check under-sink for plumbing leaks.  Store food – including pet food – in sealed containers.
  • Living Room
    • Plants – Find a new home for potted plants, or spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold.
    • Pets – If you can’t find a new home for your dog or cat, consider keeping it outside if weather permits.
    • Fireplaces – Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies.
  • Hallway
    • Flooring – Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs.