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Keeping Fall Allergies in Check

Although the summer is winding down and there is less pollen in the air, fall allergens like ragweed, mold and dust remain problems for many. A lot of people just wait it out until the first frost for relief of their worst symptoms. However, there are a few easy tips for keeping these triggers at bay in your home that will ensure that you and your family are comfortable during the fall allergyseason.

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!


Clean Duct Work – Fall is the best time to remove any mold or dust from your duct work. Summer’s humid air carries pollen that can agitate your family’s allergies. Having your home’s HVAC system cleaned will ensure that any allergens will be removed, so they won’t be re-circulating through your home.

Dust and Vacuum – Keeping your house clean and free of dust makes a big difference if you suffer from allergies. Run the vacuum at least 3 times per week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Dusting should also be a priority in the fall. Try to keep surfaces clear to make dusting easier. If you have blinds hanging in the windows, consider switching to fabric curtains or sheers. Horizontal blinds attract dust and are difficult to clean.

Bathe Pets – If you have outdoor/indoor pets make sure they’re bathed regularly, as they carry allergens in their fur. If you take Fido out for a lengthy walk, give him a good brushing and let him shake it off before you take him back inside. This will remove a good amount of anything he may have picked up while outside.

Get Some Fresh Air – Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean you can’t let fall’s crisp breeze flow through the open windows. To ease allergy symptoms keep the windows shut between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., these are peak allergy hours. You can also check the allergy forecast in your area before you open the windows at weather.com.

Reduce Mold – Cleaning your bathrooms regularly will help prevent the amount of mold in your home. Make sure your shower curtain is cleaned regularly, as well as your bathroom windows and walls. Use a mix of water and bleach to kill mold and bacteria, and then turn on the fan to circulate air. You can also control mold in your home by keeping the humidity under 50%.

This post was written by guest blogger Amanda Goldberg at Erie Construction – many thanks.

 

 

5 Home Renovation Clean Up Tips

Renovating a home is a big task. There are several things that go into such a large project, and the stress level can be immense. Even after the job is done, you may find yourself sitting in front of large amounts of trash and debris, which can be more difficult than the renovation itself. One of the biggest offenders of causing a mess is dust. This may be caused by dust from objects that have been sitting in place for long periods of time, or simply from sanding and cutting out various objects.

Regardless of how the dust got there, it is important to know how to address the problem. If not done correctly, you will end up making a bigger mess for yourself instead of cleaning up your desired area. Here are some simple steps to follow when cleaning up dust so that you do not pull your hair out.

1. Scrape off The Trouble Areas

One of the biggest reasons why debris keeps appearing is because it was not cleaned up properly in the first place. It is suggested that you take a scraper or blade and cut off anything that could eventually end up on the floor. Trimming, for example, is something that may become troublesome after the project is done. By making sure that all surfaces are smooth and have no edges, you will be able to start your cleaning process on the right foot.

 

2. Wipe The Walls Down

What most do not understand is that simply vacuuming the area will not get rid of dust. Instead, take care of the dust by wiping off the walls first. What you use to clean your walls up to you. If you use cleaning chemicals, try to use ones that are not very strong for 2 reasons. The first is that you do not want to harm your wall that you have just worked so hard to renovate. However, those strong chemicals are also harmful to yourself as well, and you do not want to hurt your lungs because of all of the chemicals. Most of the time, a damp cloth is enough unless you are trying to get rid of scuff marks and the like.

 

3. Vacuum

After that dust has settled from the walls, vacuum the floors. The vacuum is able to pick up most of the dust that has fallen on the carpet or floor. There is a slight problem with using a vacuum cleaner since the dust can be kicked back up again, but this step will help you get most of the larger pieces of dust and debris. If you want, you may also want to take the vacuum hose out and run it against the walls and ceilings so that you catch any of the other dust that may still be up there.

 

4. Mop

If you were working on a hardwood floor, follow the vacuuming with a thorough mopping of the area. Some people think that mopping creates a problem because it makes the dust wet, which can create lines of dust on the floor. This is why you want to mop after you vacuum; it allows you to pickup the finer dust particles instead of winding up with large clumps of it. That being said, you can use the wet dust to your advantage to collect smaller pieces that were missed before. Wiping the floor after it is wet will help you get most of the dust up off of the floor.

 

5. Check Back The Next Day

Leave that area alone for the rest of the day and follow up the next morning. If you still see dust, do the same steps and you will be able to get rid of the rest of the dust. By combining these steps, you be able to rest assured that you will not be finding dust for weeks after you clean.

 

This guest post has been provided by author Tim Riley whom is currently working on a new site which deals with hoover bags. He is also involved in blogging, article writing and generally surfing the net.

 

Keep your house skin friendly!

It is little known fact that almost a fifth of the UK population along with one in twelve adults now have eczema, with half of the adult population being victim to mild skin allergies. One of the main reasons for this is down to “triggers” found around the house – some of them you wouldn’t even think of. It’s easy to keep these “triggers” under control, whilst helping to keep your house a healthy living environment.

Work to keep the sleeping areas free of dust mites!

Work to keep the sleeping areas free of dust mites!

Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top five places to find preventable causes of common skin conditions:

  • Living room / Lounge – Soft furnishings gather dust mites in the seams, so hoover these areas regularly. Mites can a huge problem for eczema suffers, feeding on dead skin cells found across all surfaces – The droppings caused by the mites can trigger eczema reactions. Try leather covered furniture as it makes difficult for the mites to stay hidden. Keep surfaces clear of dust, and hoover the carpet (if you have one) regularly.
  • Kitchen – Many kitchen cleaning products and sprays contain bleach which can irritate the skin and eyes. Replace these with natural organic products such as vinegar or soda based products. Always wear protective gloves when dealing with  cleaning agents. When buying washing detergent, stick to non-bio products – Try to utilise a double rinse cycle to ensure as much of the detergent is washed out.
  • Children’s Areas – Soft toys and play mats should be washed regularly as they can quickly become a safe haven for dust and their mite followers. Keep mats from the tops of beds to stop the mites from possibly spreading to the sleeping areas.
  • Bedrooms – It may not seem obvious, but it’s important to not keep the bedroom too warm. Mites thrive off 16 – 24 degree heat so keep the bedrooms well ventilated. Utilise anti-allergy mattress covers and look to wash your bedding weekly. Any bedding that’s over a week old can be a safe haven for mites and other unwelcome critters.
  • Bathrooms – Like the bedroom, look to keep your bathroom well ventilated whilst drying towels outside to keep humidity levels down. Try to use natural cleaning products that don’t break down the top layer of your skin when washing in the shower or bath.