3 Secret Spots In Your Home Where Allergens Love To Hide
If you are like many other health-conscious homeowners, you would likely be quick to clean up any visible signs of mold, dust, and other allergens. However, there are some places in your home where allergens like to hid that are not so easy to spot. Here are three examples of hiding places in your home that allergens like to hide, and what you can do to get rid of them.
A perfectly functioning duct system will maintain the right balance of moisture and filtration for your airflow automatically. Unfortunately, virtually every system will suffer from duct leaks, humidifier problems, or clogged filters at some point in the future. These problems can create an environment in your ducts that promotes mold growth on the walls of the ducts and allows unwanted pollutants into your indoor air.
The only real solution to this problem is to have your air ducts cleaned by a professional HVAC technician. They have specialized vacuums, brushes, and other equipment that allow them to deep clean your ducts without damaging them. You should definitely consider this service if you or your family are suffering from allergy symptoms or respiratory problems, or if there is visible mold growth in your vents.
It is easy to underestimate the amount of dust, pollen, and other pollutants that is clinging to your drapes. Often they will remain aesthetically pleasing long after they have gathered a large amount of outdoor allergens through open windows. You should take a few steps at home to maintain your drapes and keep them free of dust and allergens.
First, take your drapes outside and sweep them down with a broom to remove loose dust without releasing it indoors. When you have dusted the drapes as much as possible, bring them back indoors, lay them on a flat surface, and use the hose attachment of a household vacuum to remove allergens that are lodged in the fibers of the drapes.
If you don't have the time, an interior design service or professional cleaning company, like Desernia Designs, can do it for you.
It is not uncommon for many people to leave their nonslip bathtub mats untouched for several months after they have installed them. While in some cases this does not cause problems, the moist environment under the mat can create a haven for mold growth. To avoid this, scrub your tub and nonslip mat with diluted bleach at least once every one to two months. You should also keep your bathroom well-ventilated to remove any mold spores in the air.
Even with a quality air purification system, allergens will still try to set up camp in your home in several sneaky ways. Use these simple tips to avoid allergy flare-ups and achieve the highest indoor air quality possible.