The sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes tell you that there are allergens in your home, but no matter how much you clean and scrub, you just cannot seem to pin them down to get rid of them. Unfortunately, allergens are invisible, microscopic, and can hide in a variety of unlikely places. If you are looking to rid your home of these things that make your day miserable, you really do have to get down to the nitty gritty of just where they can hide.
In Your Home’s HVAC System
You could have the best filtration system ever in place in the HVAC system that is in your home, but allergens can still find a way to get through. These allergens will go straight into your ductwork and get distributed to the air within your house. To address issues with these allergens, you may have to invest in an air purifier for the home. Consider purifiers with HEPA filters that are designed to trap microscopic air particles and make sure you have sufficient coverage for all areas of your home.
Hidden in the Flooring
If you really want to find allergens in your home, take a look at what lies beneath your feet. Carpeting is one of the most guilty suspects when it comes to harboring allergens, such as pet dander and even pollen, in the home. Vacuuming can help to pull free some of those particles, but will not be effective at getting rid of all of them. Furthermore, the vacuum you are using may be simply releasing the allergens back into the air as you work. The best thing to do is opt for professional carpet cleaning at least a few times every year. During this process, heavy equipment and efficient solutions, such as steam and commercial grade cleaners, will eliminate a good portion of allergens that are such a problem.
Plush Toys and Stuffed Animals
If you have a child that suffers from allergies, those stuffed animals that he or she loves may not be the most logical things to have around. Just as with carpet, the soft fibers trap allergens in the air and hold them for safe keeping until the item is washed. If your child insists on holding onto these allergy inducing cuddlers, make sure that you take the time to wash them in the washing machine at least a few times a month. If damage is a concern, toss them in a pillowcase, tie the end, and wash on a delicate cycle.
Obtaining a completely allergy free home may not be possible, but you can work towards a home that does not have as many allergens floating around. Take some time to look for aspects of your home that could be helping to encourage the allergens to stick around.