We’re approaching that time of year again where lots of allergies start to flare up due to a rise in tree pollen and grass pollen rates.
However, it’s not just outside the home that most common allergens can be found, did you know that allergens can actually be worse inside?
With around 40% of the British population suffering from allergies, it’s important that we’re aware of allergen hot spots around the home and how to reduce them.
We’ve done some digging and are here to report our findings below…
In the front room:
The house dust mite allergy is actually very common and has been associated with eczema and asthma. It can be found, hiding in plain sight, in all rooms around the home – from the floor to soft furnishings.
- Ensure your floors are vacuumed on a regular basis – the VR101 Floor Cleaning Robot provides the ideal in-between clean with minimum effort.
- Wash sofa pillow cases on a monthly basis or, for items that can’t be washed, place in the freezer to get rid of dust mites.
- Wash or steam curtains annually; or better still, replace them with easy to clean blinds.
In the bathroom:
Mould spores in the home can cause symptoms such as itchy eyes, eczema, and asthma. As mould thrives in damp areas such as the bathroom, it’s important to take precautions to reduce the build up of condensation.
- Keep the room well ventilated to reduce humidity. And when using the shower or bath, always have the window open or extractor fan on.
- Regularly wash bath mats to stop mould forming and dust mites growing.
- Keep your shower clean by using natural ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, and lemon (find out more here).
- Clear condensation on mirrors and shower screens immediately with the Windomatic window vac
In the bedroom:
The bedroom is a major allergen producing hot spot where pollen can easily settle and dust mites build up. According to Allergy UK the average bed has over 10,000 house mites living in it – that’s more than anywhere else in the home.
- Wash bed sheets regularly on a high temperature; not forgetting to wash/dry clean your duvet and pillows at least twice a year. You can even use mattress and pillow protectors.
- Steam clean your mattress to prolong its life, and don’t forget to replace it every 8-10 years.
- Vacuum under your bed – it may be out of sight but dust in this area builds up fast!
- Keep the room well ventilated; however, try to keep windows closed during high pollen times in the spring and summer.
In the kitchen:
The kitchen is another room where mould can easily grow and spiral out of control. Make sure you follow our simple steps to reduce the risk.
- Wipe down kitchen cabinets.
- Keep food surfaces clean and mop up any spills as soon as they occur.
- Open windows to reduce any condensation.
- Clean out your fridge as part of your regular clean – throwing away any out of date food straight into your outdoor bin.
In pet spaces:
We’re a nation of pet lovers with around 1 in every 2 households in the UK owning a pet. However, pets can be the cause of many allergies and can often bring seasonal allergens into the home or even suffer from allergies themselves.
- Regularly clean pet fur (preferably outdoors) to remove pollen picked up.
- Regularly clean any pet bedding and areas they live in.
- Try to keep pets out of the bedroom, especially on the bed.
- Ventilate areas the pet resides in as much as possible.
- Use a Marigold Glove to collect animal hair build up on the sofa.