Spring is upon us! It’s such a beautiful time to open up our homes, windows and doors and do some spring cleaning. The only thing that can stop us from doing all this is one thing: Allergies. Today we’ll be talking about a few ways to achieve having a hypoallergenic home, safe from dust, pollen, and mold. We’ll show you ways to keep your living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom allergy-free.
The living room is usually the first room that receives us when we go into a home. It tends to be the biggest room of the house where everyone interacts and usually leads to all other parts of the home. Because of this, it stores a lot of dust and can be the room that most triggers your allergies. The biggest change you can make to the room is the floor. Carpet holds a lot of dust particles is impossible to remove them 100% when cleaning a carpet. Because of this, we encourage you switch over to hardwood floors. They are easier to maintain and most importantly, easier to keep dust-free. You can use area rugs instead, which can be lifted and washed, to retain heat. There are also hypoallergenic rugs in the market that trap dust particles until vacuumed, so if you’re looking to find the best ways to remove dust from your home you can start by purchasing one of these.
If replacing the carpet in your home isn’t possible, then vacuum it at least weekly and use a vacuum with double bags or a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter.
Similarly, try to upholster your furniture in a hypoallergenic fabric that isn’t a dust-trap. 100% completely upholstered furniture can trap allergens so try using alternatives like real-wood, leather, or metal furniture that can be wiped clean. Near our furniture we usually have plants, this too is something we have to be careful with.
Have plants that are pollen-free like Peace Lilies or Bamboo Palm, not only with they look great in your space but they’ll also improve the quality of your air as plants naturally do.
If making these changes to your living seems too drastic and you’d rather start small, you can start by keeping your windows closed, and using air conditioning. Don’t use fans as they can stir up dust and go against what you’re trying to achieve. If this is the case, replace dust-collecting blinds and long drapes with window shades or light, washable curtains.
From the living room, the kitchen is by far the most used room in the house, so keeping this space as healthy as possible is key. Kitchens usually have hardwood floors, tile or vinyl countertops so we don’t have to worry about that. In our cabinets though, we store all our dishes and utensils. Appliances aren’t moved around to clean that often so doing this once every 3 months can be useful to remove settled dust and mold. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to ensure that dust particles are being trapped and not recirculated into the atmosphere. For regular maintenance, use hypoallergenic cleaning supplies, like dish soap, glass and countertop cleaners, and cloths to use for wiping down your dishes, tables and cabinets. Another way to regularly ventilate your kitchen is to use your exhaust fan to extract some of particles that may be in the air.
We spend long periods of time in our bedrooms and can be the place where we’re most vulnerable to having allergy attacks. You can incorporate some of the tips we’ve previously mentioned as far as the cleanliness of your room. Our bed however, needs a bit more care. Start by covering your mattresses and pillows with special allergen-proof fabric covers. From there, avoid synthetic-down pillows and comforters as they can store a great deal of dust throughout the night and instead use sustainable bedding made of bamboo or silk. If you’ve already tried this but you’re still having some trouble, we suggest investing in an air purifier for your room and any other room in which this problem persists. Similarly to a HEPA vacuum, the air purifier will filter the air that is in your room by trapping all allergen particles and only recirculating clean air. Make sure to clean the filter each week for maximum use.
The bathroom can be a space that stores both dust and mold. How enclosed and humid it is affects how fast mold can grow so this is something you must be hyper-aware of. Similar to the kitchen, use hypoallergenic cleaning supplies, as well as disinfectant cleaning supplies, for all parts of the restroom. Make sure to wash the curtains and bathroom tiles with mold-killing products as that is our biggest concern in a restroom. Regularly vent your restroom by turning on your exhaust fan, if you don’t have one we recommend investing in a dehumidifier to prevent the growth of mold in any part of the bathroom.
Finally, our last tip would be to wear gloves and a mask to clean all parts of your home if you suffer from allergies. Hopefully, all these tips were useful and you implement them this season. If you’d like to work with a team of designers that already prioritize this, consider working with us for your upcoming project by clicking here.