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Many of our Fort Myers, Florida, customers deal with allergies. Although maintaining a spotless home can keep allergies at bay, cleaning stirs up dust and other allergens that trigger symptoms. Here are some spring cleaning tips to keep in mind to reduce your exposure.
Mop the Right Way
Using a wet mop prevents allergens from going airborne more so than a broom, so mop your kitchen and bathroom floors weekly. Also wipe down all appliances, backsplashes, and counters with a wet cloth to remove dust. Use a natural cleaning formula if you’re sensitive to chemicals, as many ingredients in common cleaners can aggravate asthma or allergy symptoms.
Remember, excessive moisture can lead to mildew, so turn on an exhaust fan when mopping to keep it in check. Also, check for excessive moisture under appliances after mopping, especially the refrigerator. You don’t want to allow moisture to set around.
Wash Linens in Hot Water
Sheets, blankets, and pillowcases trap dust like nobody’s business, so it’s important to wash them weekly in hot water. An even better option is to invest in dust-mite-proof covers for your mattress and pillows. These covers are made from densely constructed fabric to form a physical barrier against allergens, which alleviates allergy signs many of us experience upon waking.
Other fabrics to wash frequently include curtains, area rugs, and floor mats. Aim to wash them seasonally.
Knickknacks and books only collect dust, reducing your home’s indoor air quality. Try to keep clutter to a minimum, and store toys, games, and other items in plastic bins. If you can, find a bookcase with doors to protect books from accumulating dust. Unless you’ve opted for a totally minimalist home with no decor, you should dust surfaces every couple of days with a microfiber cloth.
Consider seasonal HVAC maintenance as part of your spring cleaning. Call Island Aire of Southwest Florida at 239-935-8880 to speak with a comfort specialist about boosting your indoor air quality.
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