Allergy season will soon be upon us. In fact, due to this winter’s mild start, many people in the Twin Cities are already dealing with seasonal allergies. There’s no avoiding the effects of allergens that float through the air outside. But you can take steps to minimize the allergens that make their way into your home.
Here are a few simple steps to reduce the amount and effect of common allergens inside your home. Visit the Broadway Rental Equipment online catalog to find all the equipment rentals you need to keep your home clean and allergen-free.
Keep Carpets and Surfaces Clean
The best thing you can do to banish allergens is to vacuum and dust often. Use a HEPA-rated vacuum cleaner to effectively trap irritants. When dusting, a damp cloth is the best way to trap dust instead of simply moving it around. Every few months, shampoo carpet to get a deeper clean.
Minimize Allergens from Pets
It isn’t just pet hair that can cause irritation – saliva and dead skin flakes can also cause allergic reactions. To minimize the effects of pets, regularly wash or replace pet toys, beds and blankets. You may also want to consider removing and replacing carpet with hardwood floors to remove lingering allergens. This is certainly a more costly step – a more affordable option would be to buy a good vacuum and clean carpets often.
Keep Pollen Outside
Although it’s tempting to throw doors and windows open at the first sign of warm spring air, try to keep them closed to prevent pollen from getting in. In fact, experts recommend weatherproofing around doors and windows to seal any gaps that may be allowing pollen to get in. You should also change furnace and air conditioner filters regularly, so any pollen inside the house is effectively filtered out.
Kill Dust Mites
Dust mites collect in warm fabrics such as carpet and bedding, and can be difficult to fully eliminate. Fight them by washing bedding weekly, using hot water and high heat. Consider adding allergen-proof covers on all bedding. Vacuuming often will help, or again, consider replacing carpet with a hard flooring.
From carpet cleaners and vacuums to hardwood floor installation tools, Broadway Rental has the equipment you need to keep your home allergen-free. Check out our full equipment rental catalog to find the right tool for your next project. Not sure what you need? Let the experts at Broadway Rental help you figure out the right equipment for your next home improvement project.