The arrival of spring brings the blooming trees and flowers, and the pollen dust.  There seems to be a green dust on everything and even though you may not be able to see it, it is probably in your house too.   There are a few things you can do to help the sneezes and the itchy water eyes and improve your indoor air quality.

  • Dust thoroughly and often.
    • Pollen dust is just like the other dust you find in your home, it sticks around until you clean it off so it is very important to get all of those surfaces that you may not think about, tops of cabinets, ceiling fans etc…  Wet dusting is recommended, you can lightly dampen a cloth with water or use Murphy’s Oil Soap to dampen your dusting tools.   
  • Vacuum all upholstery and carpet with a HEPA filter vacuum.
    • The pollen can settle in your carpet and fabric furniture, using a HEPA filter will prevent dust and allergens from being blown out of a bag right back onto your carpet.
  • Wash or dry clean all of your bedding and curtains or drapes
    • Drapes, curtains and blinds are dust and allergen traps, they sit right there in front of your windows and catching alot of the dust and allergens coming in through open windows or the little crevices or closed windows.
  • Destroy mold and mildew
    • Get rid of mold and mildew indoors by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, thoroughly scrubbing bathrooms, and cleaning or changing shower curtains.
  • Change filters
    • Don’t forget to change the filters on your air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers and vent registers.  Dust and allergens can build up in these filters and if not changed can continue blowing the allergens into your home even after you have cleaned.

 

These are just a few tips to help get you through the allergy season, look for more soon!