If you struggle with allergies or asthma, there’s a good chance you have an indoor air quality issue on your hands. While that’s not great news, it’s a problem that you can do a great deal on your own to correct.
Take your floors, for example. By cleaning them often enough and in the right ways, you can reduce the amount of airborne pollutants confronting you and other family members. Here’s how:
- Chemicals and allergens can get trapped and remain attached to household dust for literally decades. By cleaning your floors regularly with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, you can cut way back on existing concentrations of lead, brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs), as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. The HEPA filter prevents the contaminants from getting blown back into your living spaces. While you’re vacuuming, don’t forget to include walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture – anywhere, in fact, where dust can accumulate. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and clean your filter regularly.
- Mop. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. Microfiber mops (and dust cloths) typically capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions to get the job done.
- Keep pollutants out. Put a large floor mat inside and outside every exit/entrance door. People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants that follow you home. It’s also a good idea to take your shoes off upon entering your home, and don’t be shy about asking guests to do the same. And, of course, you’ll want to clean your exit and entry door mats often so they continue to remove rather than add to incoming allergens.
Here at Absolute Air, we can help in your fight against indoor air pollution, and in a growing number of ways. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a free in-home consultation and proposal.