If you or a loved one is suffering from asthma or allergies, there are some simple changes you can make that may greatly alleviate any symptoms. A hypoallergenic home is a happy home, and a few changes in your cleaning routine can turn your home into a blissful, wheeze-free haven. We’ve put together a few tips that we think will greatly improve both the air quality of your home, and the happiness of its occupants.

1. Dust is the enemy. Dust, pollen, and other airy particles are a major cause of allergies and asthma. Common areas where dust collects are: ceiling fan blades, window screens, vents, storage areas, and high shelves. Use a damp microfiber cloth when cleaning these areas. You will be amazed at how well it grabs and holds any dust it encounters.

2. Work from top to bottom. Dust is not immune to the laws of gravity, and nothing is more frustrating than watching the dust you’ve wiped off your top shelves settle on your newly shined floor. Working from top to bottom also ensures that residual dust won’t be airborne when you’re finished, which could cause wheezing and other symptoms.

3. Vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum some more. A good vacuuming will pick up dust and pollen that could be aggravating your allergies. Ideally, your vacuum should have a good air filter and be powerful enough to pick up the small stuff. Carpets, sofas, cushions, pet beds, upholstered furniture, and even screens can be vacuumed, either with a sturdy floor vacuum or a detail-oriented hose vacuum.

These first steps can jumpstart you into making your home allergy-free. Once your home is free of dust, regular maintenance will be much easier. Also, regularly washing sheets and bedding, investing in protective covers for mattresses, and regular grooming of pets are some easy ways to keep allergy symptoms at bay.

Want to take things a step further? Check out our green house cleaning services, and learn more about the impact they can have on the overall air quality of your home. Here’s to a sneeze-free and wheeze-free 2012!

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