How to Prevent Dust Allergies in the Home

How to Prevent Dust Allergies in the Home

Allergy symptoms can be hard to live with. Aside from coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and nasal decongestion, some people have a hard time breathing. If you also have asthma, your allergy symptoms can be even more intense. 

While it’s a good idea to find an allergy medication that works well for your allergies, it helps if you can cut down on the allergens floating around in your home. For most people, this means finding ways to mitigate their dust allergies. 

In our minds, a clean home is a healthy home. Preventing allergies can be as simple as learning how to clean your house effectively. Keep reading for our top cleaning tips and other tricks to reduce your dust mite allergies. 

Vacuum and Shampoo/Steam Clean the Carpets

Dust allergies aren’t reactions to dust or dust mites themselves. Your dust allergies are actually caused by the microscopic feces left behind by dust mites. These particles become airborne when disturbed and enter your body through inhalation. 

To reduce the number of allergens, regularly vacuum your carpets and rugs. However, you shouldn’t stop there. It’s also a good idea to shampoo or steam clean your carpeted areas as well. 

If you have particularly bad dust allergies, we recommend vacuuming every couple of days. You can shampoo or steam clean your carpets two to four times a month. 

Mop Hard Floors

Most modern homes have a number of hard floors throughout the house. This is most common in the kitchen, bathrooms, and dining areas. Some homes have hardwood or lament flooring throughout the entire house. 

While this can certainly cut down on how much dust and dirt that remains in your home, it also makes it easier for dust allergens to become airborne, which will exacerbate your dust allergies. We recommend sweeping every couple of days. However, each day you sweep you should also mop using a damp microfiber cloth or mop sponge. 

Deep Clean the Bedroom

One of the most common rooms of the house for dust allergies in the bedroom. You spend a large amount of your time in that room every day (sleeping). Preventing allergies means updating your bedroom cleaning checklist

We recommend dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning your bedding frequently. When you vacuum, make sure you hit the curtains too. When dusting, hit high surfaces like window ledges, door trim, and ceiling fans.

Invest in a Quality Air Purifier and Humidifier

Fortunately, cleaning isn’t the only way you can reduce your dust mite allergies. You can also invest in air quality equipment. 

First, look into air purifiers. These machines are incredibly effective at taking pollutants, allergens, and other molecules out of the air. 

Additionally, if you live in a relatively dry climate, invest in an air humidifier. These machines add moisture to the air, which reduces the number of airborne allergens, including dust mites and their feces.

Dust Using a Dust Spray or Damp Rag

Earlier, we talked about adding dusting to your bedroom cleaning routine. This strategy should be used throughout the house. However, for people with dust allergies, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about dusting. 

First, ditch the feather dusting and all similar dry dusting products. While these will remove dust off of surfaces, they’ll also kick a ton of it up into the air. Instead, use a damp microfiber rag and/or dusting solution to ensure the dust particles are being collected rather than pushed into the air.

Wear a Mask While Cleaning

If you have severe dust mite allergies, try wearing a mask while cleaning your home. While vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting, it’s impossible not to disturb dust particles. In most cases, this will exacerbate your allergy symptoms. 

Fortunately, because of the COVID pandemic, you probably have a number of masks laying around the house, in your purse, in your car, etc. While you’re probably tired of wearing it, donning it while cleaning will be far more favorable to having an allergy flare-up. 

Us the Air Conditioning Unit Rather Than Fans

As someone who suffers from dust mite allergies, one of the worst things you can do is disturb the dust particles in your home. While it might save you some money on your electric bill, using ceiling and window fans will make your allergies worst. 

The heavy airflow will kick dust particles up into the air. Furthermore, blowing in air from outside will increase the amount of dust (and other allergens) in your home. This is an especially bad idea if you also have allergies to pollen, cotton, or any other outdoor allergen. 

Your air conditioner will keep your house cool without causing such a big disturbance to the dust particles. 

Regularly Replace Your HVAC Filter

However, if you’re planning on using your air conditioner this year, you must also replace your HVAC filter regularly. These filters are designed to catch dust particles and other allergens flowing through your air ducts, rather than spreading them throughout your house. We recommend replacing your filter every couple of months to ensure maximum air quality. 

Replacing your HVAC filter is also a good practice for reducing the risk of fires and minimizing energy expenditure. The harder your HVAC unit has to work to push cool air through your home, the more you’re going to pay for electricity. 

Hire a Residential Cleaning Company

Finally, we understand that the average homeowner works way too much and has far too little time to relax. As such, a giant list of cleaning tips may add more stress to your life. If you don’t have the time, energy, or inclination to add to your cleaning checklist, consider hiring a professional cleaning service

For an affordable price, they can come by your house a few times a month to vacuum, dust, sweep, mop, and help mitigate your dust allergies. If preventing allergies is important but you can’t clean your house regularly, this is the best way to go.

Ready to Say Goodbye to Dust Allergies?

Are you tired of your dust allergies? Who wouldn’t be?

There’s nothing worse than having allergy symptoms all season long, even in the comfort of your own home. Follow the tips listed above to minimize your dust mite allergies and live a happier, healthier life. 

And if you need a little help keeping things clean, we’re here for you. Contact us today to get a free quote for our recurring cleaning services. We would love to help you!

TMC Cleaning Services provides exceptional house cleaning and maid services for the following North Georgia areas: Conyers, Covington, Grayson, Jersey, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Monroe, Oxford, Porterdale, Social Circle, Walnut Grove and nearby areas.

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