During spring and summer, people who have allergies are forced to stay inside as much as possible. They stay inside because they want to avoid headaches, sneezing, coughing, runny noses, itchy throats, watery eyes, etc. But, unfortunately, avoiding the outdoors and staying inside cannot always help. The insides of our homes are far from safe zones. ‘Invaders’ like pollen, dust mites, different types of molds, animal dander, and similar allergens can easily find their way to any of your rooms and thus, make your life miserable. Luckily, there are some ways to keep the inside of your home free from those invaders. So, if you want to know how to make your new home a no-allergy zone, keep on reading.

The Outdoors Should Stay Outdoors 

Allergy season is a nightmare for all people with allergies. During those days, one must try to avoid going out as much as possible. But, not only that! One must also try to make the ‘outdoors’ stay outdoors. The most obvious way for doing that is to keep the windows and doors shut and clean your homes as often as possible – clean your hardwood flooring, carpets, upholstery, and curtains especially!

However, doing all of that may not be enough. You may need to take your indoor plants outside. And, you may need to take your pets out too, of course, if that is possible. Moreover, once coming home from the outdoors, leave your shoes outside and change clothes immediately. Doing this may seem redundant to you right now, but trust us when we say that tons of allergens can cling to your wardrobe and annoy you throughout the whole day. So, if you want to avoid this, do everything you can to keep the ‘outdoors’ where it belongs – outdoors.

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Clean Everyday! 

Nobody likes cleaning – that is a given. But, if you do not want to feel sick every day during spring and summer, you must clean, and you must clean daily! That is the only way to keep the allergens away from you. Look on the bright side – by making your home a no-allergy zone, you will not only feel amazing but also have a spotless home. And with an occasional deep-cleaning session you will make the whole place shine and you will easily survive these trying times.

The first thing you must do is declutter! Remove all the household knick-knacks you have laying around as those things are dust magnets. And dust is where all those allergens like pollen and pet dander like to hide. And, once you have decluttered, start cleaning. It would be best if you can buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter as those are specially designed for collecting (and not letting out) all sorts of allergens. After vacuuming, do not forget to mop the floors and dust all surfaces. There are custom-made cleaners for those purposes, and they can be found in all supermarkets too!

Carpets, Bedding, and Upholstery Require Mite-Proofing 

Ready for a fun fact? Here it is – dust mites are the number one allergens affecting millions and millions of people worldwide. They live and feed on the flakes of skin and hair that people shed. It is estimated that an average person sheds around 2.5 grams of those every day and those 2.5 grams are enough to feed more than two million dust mites! Since dust mites are microscopic, you will need to work on preventive measures. This requires deep cleaning all textile features in your home.

When it comes to washing the carpets and deep cleaning and steaming the upholstery, you have two options – to invest in the equipment and do this by yourself or hire All Clean and let us take care of everything a couple of times a year. However, when it comes to bedding, this is something that needs to be done by you and more often – at least once a week if you want your home to be a no-allergy zone.

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Mold Must Be Destroyed! 

Right after the dust mites, mold is the second chief allergen! So, to keep making your home a no-allergy zone, you must make sure there is no mold inside. Thus, inspect your home thoroughly. Mold likes to hide in the corners of the walls, under the carpet and furniture, inside the cabinets, etc. So, keep an eye on those places.

If you do find mold, well, then maybe it’s a good thing you have recently decided to move from your dear New Jersey to Pennsylvania. At least you are not going too far. Joking aside, while relocation to Pennsylvania from the neighboring NJ may sound appealing, there is another option. You can call a specialized cleaning service as soon as possible. Mold in your home is not only an allergy trigger but also health-hazardous. So even if you leave, someone will have to deal with it.

But, if you were lucky enough not to find mold in your home, be sure to keep it that way. You can do that by preventing all leaks, fixing and drying them off if they happen, turning off humidifiers, opening the windows at night, etc.

Pay Special Attention to Your Furry Friends 

As previously mentioned, pets can be the ones causing you allergies as well. But, before you even consider re-homing them, do an allergy test first. Many people think that their pets are the ones causing them allergies. However, in some cases, it is the thing stuck on their fur (like pollen) that causes people to feel sick.

So, if the tests show that you are allergic to the ‘things’ from the outside and not to your beloved pet, you and your pet will have to get used to some different habits. Fewer outings during the allergy season are a must. And, if going outside is a necessity for your pet, make sure to wipe its fur with a damp cloth before coming in. Additionally, it would be great to have baths at least once a week. You should also pay attention to pet odor removal as well as on more regular vacuuming and dusting – as that will keep your pet happy, yourself feeling well, and it will make your new home a no-allergy zone.