We don't like to think about it (trust us...nobody likes to think about it), but our living spaces tend to be littered with allergens. That doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds, though – in fact, there are a number of easy ways you can improve the air quality of your space. Besides keeping sneezes at bay, taking a day or two to deep clean and keeping smaller sessions in your schedule will keep your rooms feeling fresh year-round. Not sure where to start? We have a few tips.
1. Dusting? Use a damp cloth.
Surfaces, bed frames, headboards, and even the tops of the doors need a wipe-down now and then. Using a damp cloth will prevent the dust from spreading. Natural cleaning supplies, for surfaces that can use a full clean, are your best bet for avoiding an allergy attack, too.
2. Keep track of pollen, dander, and dust mites – and keep them out!
A sure-fire way to keep the air clean is to limit the types of materials that enter the room. Unfortunately, that can mean closing the doors and making sure pets don’t get in! Create a comfortable place for furry friends to sleep outside the bedroom. Keep clothing that’s been worn outside, especially while hiking or doing yard work, out of the room to ensure it doesn’t put any extra allergens in the air. Keeping clutter at bay reduces the number of places dust mites can hide, too. If you store things under the bed, put them in simple containers that are easy to dust and vacuum around.
3. Wash bedding in hot water.
Washing bedding - including the dust ruffle and mattress pad - in hot water to kill dust mites. Any soft surface can be an ideal stomping ground for the pests, which come out to eat the oils and skin cells we shed during the day. Once a week is the recommended frequency for washing bedding in hot water. Parts of the bed that aren’t machine washed, like the box spring, mattress, and pillows, should be encased in protective, anti-allergen coverings.
4. Don’t forget your air filters.
Your air conditioner or heating unit likely contains an air filter that captures dust, pollen, and dander. Depending on the time of year, you may want to change these filters monthly or less often. It’s always a good idea to check once a month just to be sure.
5. Put it in your schedule.
Cleaning often and with care can keep allergens at bay. As with any task, creating a schedule - or even just setting aside “cleaning time” once every week, will help you make sure you actually do it. You’ll feel fresh, breathe fresh, and limit the power your allergies have over your day in a consistently clean room. Happy cleaning!