How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
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After a long and cold winter, it’s a relief to be able to say that spring is finally here! It may not be such a relief, however, as springtime allergies can bother you everywhere you go. Although you may not be able to control all of the allergens that are lurking outdoors, you can control the ones in your home. Reducing the allergens in your home can have a positive impact on your health and can help you breathe better. Instead of dreading the spring, enjoy it by following these tips to reduce allergens in your home.
Choose an Environmentally-Friendly Paint
Benjamin Moore’s Natura Premium Interior Paint is certified asthma and allergy friendly and is proven to reduce your exposure to allergens found in the home! With over 3,000 colors to choose from, you will definitely find the tone you’re looking for. The best part is you will be helping the environment at the same time! Natura contains zero emissions, zero VOC’s, and no harsh fumes, making it a great choice if you want to reduce allergens around your home and save the planet at the same time.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Pollen is one of the toughest and most common allergens that affect people with allergies. Keeping your windows closed will ensure that pollen stays outside rather than finding its way into your house. Rely on an air conditioner or fan to keep cool during the hot summer months so you won’t have to leave any windows open. Since you will be leaving your windows closed for the most part, you can go the extra mile and choose stylish blinds and drapes. Here at Ricciardi Brothers, we offer a wide variety of options for window coverings and window treatments as well as in-store design experts who will help you every step of the way.
If possible, remove your home’s carpets and opt for hardwood or linoleum floors instead. Carpets provide a surface for allergens to congregate, triggering asthma symptoms in many people. Having a hard surface floor instead of a carpet will allow you to avoid this problem because it is easier to keep dust mites, pollen, and other allergens away from hard surfaces. If you absolutely cannot live without carpets, purchase rugs to place on top of the hardwood floors to make it easier for you. Be sure to constantly wash and vacuum rugs to get rid of any dust that has been building up throughout the week!
Use Covers on your Furniture
Cover your pillows, mattress, and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers so you are safe from these pests in your home. Using allergy covers on your bed is especially important because it is the area where you sleep and spend a lot of time. If this area is heavily contaminated with allergens, you will most likely wake up every morning irritated from close interaction with allergens. Avoid this issue by covering these surfaces with an allergy-proof cover, which will prevent dust from taking over your bed and pillows.
Engage in a Weekly Cleaning Routine
Mop your floors, vacuum your carpets, and dust everything! Keeping your home clean will ensure that any allergens, such as dust-mites, are gone within the week. Clean all surfaces using a rag or damp cloth as well, since these are areas where dust tends to accumulate. To avoid any discomfort due to allergies, wear a mask while you clean to keep the dust away or ask someone who doesn’t have allergies to clean the areas with the most dust.
Design Services in NJ, PA, and DE
Here at Ricciardi Brothers, we care about the wellbeing and satisfaction of our customers. We offer a wide range of design services from window treatments to custom bedding, all of which can be customized with your allergies in mind. If you are interested in our paint, design, and window treatment services, find your nearest paint store location and contact us with any questions.