How to Reduce the Amount of Dust and Allergens In Your Home

Published on April 28, 2015

Let’s face it, dust and allergens are a natural part of the outdoor environment.  Unless you live in a bubble (and I’m guessing you don’t), they will inevitably end up indoors!  Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your home.  Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Vacuum the carpet and/or floors in your home regularly, at least once a week.
  • Occasionally vacuum all upholstered furniture throughout the home.  This not only helps remove dust and allergens from the home, but it is also one of the most important tips to prolong the life of the furniture as well. A thorough vacuuming once a year is much better than not at all, however every 3-6 months would be even better.
  • From time to time vacuum underneath larger furniture as much as possible.  Whether you have carpet or hard surface floors, dust will begin to accumulate underneath and behind most furniture.  Moving the larger furniture once or twice a year will make quite a difference in keeping the house cleaner overall.  Moving larger furniture is not an easy task, however a couple of people could probably team up and get the job done within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Vacuum fabric curtains, drapes, blinds, cornices, and valances.  If they are machine washable, wash them from time to time.  If you have overhead ledges in your home, vacuum those at least once or twice a year as well.
  • Wipe shoes before coming in from outside.  I recommend the use of an absorbent-type door mat or rug, rather than plastic, wicker, or straw.  An absorbent material (such as carpet) will help absorb and remove other types of soil and greasy oils in addition to dust and allergens.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.  HEPA filters will stop tiny particles (as small as 3 microns) from reentering the air as you are vacuuming.  You don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money on a vacuum cleaner, just focus on one that has a HEPA filter.
  • Consider taking shoes off before entering the home.  This will not only reduce the amount of dust and allergens that are brought in, it will also help reduce the amount of bacteria, toxins, pollution, pesticides, and animal excrement that is brought it as well.
  • Have your carpet and area rugs cleaned from time to time by Integrity Clean or by another company that provides professional carpet cleaning services.  For the purpose of removing dust and allergens, I strongly recommend a carpet and upholstery cleaning company that offers either “hot water extraction” or “steam cleaning”.
  • Change your HVAC (furnace) filter regularly.
  • Consider the use of hypoallergenic casings or zip-on dust mite covers for your mattresses and pillows.
  • Look for traces of mold or water leaks under sinks in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.  Small amounts of mold can effect air quality and they can also become a bigger problem if the source of water has not been stopped.  Repair small leaks and remove any mold that is present.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments about the above tips.

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