The allergens are all around us – especially in our homes, where we spend most of our time. They can be irritating even for people who are not allergic to anything. They are usually microscopic organisms that grow inside our homes and unnoticeably irritate the human organism, often causing breathing problems. They exist in several forms, but the most common are the dust and its components, the mold, fungi and skin flakes of pets. We offer you a “walk” through the house to locate some of the “hottest” spots for allergens.

 

We will start with the Entrance-hall as it is the first room in the lodging. It is recommended to use a doormat made of synthetic materials because the natural fibers (like hemp) can be broken off and become a breeding ground for micro-organisms, mold and fungus, which subsequently you can bring at home. Make sure that you will clean all the mats at least once a week. Other important thing is to clean regularly the dead insects plastered on the luminaires – because as they dry, they become a source of allergens. Do not compromise with the rule everyone who comes into your home to pulling off their shoes at the door. All kinds of shoes, which have been outside even for a moment, can insert in your home much dust, dirt, mud and other allergens.

 

The place where you sleep – the bedroom – needs to be as clean as possible because there is where you recover your strength every night. Declare a war on the domestic dust – clean behind the beds and closets, under the bed and the top of the attic fan. Always use a damp cloth because the dry one just spreads the dust around the room. Try to remove from your home the following elements which are a magnet for the allergens: like the large carpet covering the entire floor (or most of it) in the room, blinds and heavy drapes, thick blankets, everything made of feathers, stuffed animals and upholstered bed boards. If you cannot give up of these elements, make sure that you will clean it regularly from the dust, again with a damp cloth. It would be good to announce the bedroom for a place forbidden for pets – keep the door closed, so they couldn’t come inside. Collect all your bedding, including the blankets and the covers – wash all this at a high temperature (about 50 to 60 degrees). Then wipe with a damp cloth the mattresses.

 

The other important room in the house is the bathroom. First of all you need to check of the existence of mold which can be formed due to condensation. Make sure installations are properly constructed, because any leakage would increase the growth of mold on the walls. Cleanse the curtains in the bathroom at least once a month with hot water and soap. Clean the mat in the bathroom every week with a hot water because the high humidity and the heat is beneficial environment for the microorganisms and the mold. If you do not have proper ventilation in the bathroom it is needed to open the door or the window after each use of the bath / shower.

 

The living room is maybe the most important at home because this is the place where everybody gathers and spends a lot of time. Get rid of the old couch – replace it with a sofa upholstered in leather or vinyl, which are less conducive environment for the development of microorganisms. If you are sensitive to the allergens you should think about to opt out of the carpets at all. The massive flooring – like laminate, linoleum or wood, can be cleaned much easier because they do not hold allergens in such amount as the carpets. For the same reason, it is better to replace the blinds and sun visors of fabric with those made of other materials (aluminum, wood, laminate). Take care of the plants at home – put pebbles on the soil in the pots in order to stop the mold spores to spread in the air.

 

The kitchen is the temple of every home so this is the place where we need to be safe. Replace the open boxes for food and products with cartridges that close tightly – so you avoid the invasion of insects to food. Clean regularly the tray in the refrigerator, where the defrost water gathers. You can add a little salt inside to restrain the growth of bacteria and mold.