Removing Allergens from Your Home: Part One

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With spring upon us, I hope you’re enjoying the new flowers and blossoms on the trees that are springing up everywhere. Summer is coming, and spring is here to announce it. However, amidst all of the new life and beauty, there exists a darker side: allergies. Allergies affect nearly 20% of all Americans. Medications can help with allergies, but finding out what you’re allergic to and removing allergens from your home can be an even more effective way to deal with your allergies in the long run. If you no longer want to deal with sneezy, itchy, watery eyes, then please read on.

Finding out what you’re allergic to is key. You may be allergic to mold, dust, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, or a combination of things. Hay fever is also very common this time of the year. Since it is important for us all to get a good night’s sleep, you should tackle the bedroom as the number one target for your allergy removal efforts. If you are allergic to dust mites, consider investing in an dust-mite-proof cover for your mattress and pillow.

Furthermore, if your home is covered in wall-to-wall carpet, consider removing it or having it removed, especially in the bedroom. Allergens tend to congregate in the carpet, and walking across carpet stirs up those allergens. Not only will removing carpet help you to breathe easier, but you may even find you expose some beautiful hardwood floors. If you have pets, it will be easier to clean up after them with uncarpeted floors. If you find that you don’t want to rip up the carpet yourself, this is one of the many services that GreenWay Painting has to offer.

Another tidbit that you may find surprising regards doormats. Placing a doormat before and after a door will trap outside allergens, keeping them from being tracked into your home. If you have guests over, kindly ask your guests to remove their shoes so that your home will stay allergy-free.

This is all for Part 1, stay tuned for Part 2.

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