Cleaning Tips for Asthma Sufferers
Keeping a clean and healthy home is important for everyone – after all, this is where you sleep, where eat and live. That being said, many people don’t like cleaning and ignore some minor nuisances because it is easier than cleaning.
Sadly, not everyone can afford to do so. For instance, people allergic to house dust or those suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues typically need to keep their homes very clean. We discussed some of the best ways to keep a house of a respiratorily-compromised person clean with reputable professionals at Reliable Cleaning Colorado. Here’s what they suggest.
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Start with Basics – Dusting
As you probably know, house dust consists of small particles from a variety of sources, the most common of which is dead human skin and hair cells. This means that no matter how clean you make your home if you live in it, it will get dusty again at some point. And as you know, house dust is a particularly common allergen for people suffering from this ailment.
This is why dusting should be done at least once a week, and more often if possible. Ideally, the person suffering from allergies should not be in the house while this is being done – whether you are having a professional doing it, or you are doing it yourself.
You have probably heard that you should start with the highest places and then work your way down. This way, all of the dust will fall on the floor where it can be mopped or vacuumed easily and effectively.
Replace or Clean Your HVAC Filters Every Three Months
Another thing you should do to keep the air in your home clean is to replace or clean your HVAC filters every three months. Chances are that you know just how much dust can accumulate in your vents and behind those filters. And while they are doing exactly what they are supposed to – keeping your air clean of particulates like dust, they can do it effectively only up to a point.
Manufacturers will have a recommended period when the filters should be replaced or washed (depending on the type), but if you are living with an allergic or asthmatic person, chances are that you will want to do it more often, or get better quality air filters, like HEPA.
It may be a bit less known to the general public, but the majority of people who are allergic to house dust aren’t exactly allergic to the dust itself. Instead, the culprit is the tiny microscopic animals called dust mites and their droppings. Dust mites live everywhere (including on your face) and there is no way to get rid of them.
However, what you can do is get rid of their waste by washing all of your bedding in hot water (at least 130 degrees) at least once a week. Changing your bedding often will ensure that the critical amount of dust and mites doesn’t accumulate on your bedding and that you can sleep through the night without any problems.
Air Purifiers Can Make a Difference
There is not much you can do about the air quality outdoors. However, when it comes to your own home, you have a few options to ensure that the air that you breathe is of better quality. For instance, you should make sure that there are no gaps around doors and windows, as these can let outside allergens inside.
If possible, you should also get an air purifier for your home. Even a smaller unit will have some positive effect on your air, and as you know, every little bit helps.
Cleaning your home to suit the standards of people with respiratory distress might take a bit more time and effort, but in the end, your home will be healthier and your air better – for everyone.