Are you allergic to dust, mold or pets? Take care to reduce the number of sensitizing factors (allergens) in the apartment. Check how much you can do!
Keep the temperature below 22 degrees in the flat and humidity within 40-45%. Such conditions are not conducive to the development of house dust mites and mold. Vacuum the vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter at least once a week and use a damp cloth to remove dust from the furniture. Use air filters. Do not expose yourself to tobacco smoke - do not smoke and do not let others smoke.
Give up potplants because molds can develop in the soil. Also beware of sensitizing ornamental plants, such as the Bethlehem star (poinsettia), Benjamin ficus (Ficus benjamina), hyacinth or primula. Avoid heavy curtains that are a dust storage. In the autumn and winter months, often open windows to prevent dust, mildew and animal house dust mite allergens from accumulating in the apartment. Are you allergic to plant pollen? In the pollen season, try to close the windows. Wind after rain.
How to reduce the number of house dust mites in the bedroom? Give up carpets and upholstered furniture. Also remove items that are dust reservoirs. Do not forget about regular vacuuming. Children's stuffed animals in plastic bags should be put into the freezer periodically. Store underwear and clothes outside the bedroom. Often air. If you are allergic to your pet, and you can not or do not want to give it away, make him sleep in another room. Do you have a seasonal allergy to pollen? Sleep with the windows closed.
If you are allergic to house dust mites, take special care of your bed. Choose one with a wooden frame. Opt for an interchangeable sponge mattress that can be exposed to the sun or frost. Use covers for quilts and pillows from the so-called barrier fabrics. Give up bedding from feathers and wool. Every day, dry and air the bed, mattress and bedding, and vacuum it at least once a week. Wash linen once a week at temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius, and pillows and quilts every 4-12 weeks. Replace the sheets regularly with a new one. Ask for help when cleaning and making a bed, or use a protective mask.
To reduce the amount of dust mite allergens in the living room, give up the upholstered chairs and sofas. Choose furniture with smooth surfaces, easily washable. Also, give up carpets and rugs. Do not decorate a guest room with items that collect dust, for example, tapestries, knickerbocks and dry flowers. Keep books in closed bookshelves. Avoid wallpapers. Both the paper and the glue they are glued to the walls are food for mold. The source of mold allergens is also wood used for smoking in the fireplace.
A damp bathroom is another place conducive to the development of mold. Make sure that the room is always dry. Take care of efficient operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Quickly wipe away wet spots and repair hydraulic faults. Dry towels and bathrobes after use. Do not leave the laundry wet in the washing machine. Also, get rid of the shower curtain and other objects with a visible coating. In case of problems, entrust the removal of the mold to a professional team.
Are you allergic to molds? Make sure that the kitchen ventilation is correct. In addition, quickly remove waste and perishable fruit. Keep the vegetables in the fridge. Dry cloths and dishcloths. To protect yourself against latex allergens, use gloves without this ingredient. Store food - including pet food - in closed containers. Remove crumbs from the floor, take out rubbish regularly and block any openings through which mice or cockroaches could get into the apartment. Do you know that they are also very sensitizing?
In the basement of an allergy you should give up the floor covering, for a concrete floor or linoleum. In addition, remove upholstered furniture. Keep clothes and other things in plastic containers. Make sure the room is dry. Check and repair any sources of leakage quickly.