CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - About 40 million Americans suffer from outdoor allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Blooming gardens and more time outside can make spring less enjoyable for allergy sufferers.
Help downplay the outside impacts, clean to reduce indoor allergy triggers and prevent allergens from entering your home.
We have some tips this morning how to prepare and clean your home in time for allergy season.
Reduce allergy triggers
Decrease dust and mold buildup with a deep clean:
- Get rid of mold and mildew.
- Common places for mold and mildew include moist surfaces like caulk, shower curtains and tile.
- Get rid of mold and mildew with Mold and Mildew Inhibitor and remove the unsightly stains left behind with Mold and Mildew Stain Remover.
- Clean and repel dirt and mildew on glass surfaces with a Glass Treatment Kit. One application keeps working for three years.
- Caulk is an especially common place where dirt, grime and mildew make a home. Sometimes it’s beyond cleaning, and it’s time to replace – a do-able DIY project.
- Re-caulk your shower. To get started, load a caulk gun: Release the trigger on the back, pull the end piece and pop the caulk into the gun. Push the end piece back in and cut the tip of the tube. Squeeze the trigger, and you’re ready to re-caulk.
For how-to videos and steps on re-caulking, visit homedepot.com.
Clear Out Pollen
With warmer weather, we're ready to open windows and let fresh air in. With that comes pollen and allergies. So, clean more often to keep your home
and air fresh.
- Clean often, and easier.
- Put together a caddy of go-to cleaning supplies at the beginning of the season. It’ll be easy to tote around a bucket of supplies at the ready
- Have products like window cleaner, furniture cleaner, antibacterial and multi-surface cleaner, at the ready to get and stay clean – and cut down pollen inside.
- Control dust: Dust frequently to keep dust and dust mites at bay. Start dusting the highest surface of the room and work your way down. Get the job done right and use products that stir up as little dust as possible.
- Vacuum at least one time per week to keep dust and dust mites at bay. And in high-traffic areas make sure you vacuum the same spot on carpet in high-use areas seven times to remove ground-in dirt.
Revive the Air
With your windows open, you'll need to remove allergens by selecting and installing the right air filter. Set a reminder on your phone to check filters
every few weeks to avoid build up
- Select the right air filter.
- If you have pets in the home or multiple allergy sufferers, purchase a premium filter with a Filter Performance Rating (FPR) of 10. Premium filters reduce the most allergy-causing particles of any filter, including dust, dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, smoke and smog
- Check your manufacturer’s recommendations for the size and type of filter that will work best with your system and how often it should be changed.
- Install it.
- Buy several air filters at once to save time and money.
- It’s super simple to install yourself. Before installing, turn off the air. As you pull out the filter, take note of the arrow indicating air flow direction and remember which way the arrow is pointing when you install the new filter. Simply insert the new filter and installation is complete.
- As a rule of thumb, it’s best to change air filters every one to three months to cut down on dust and allergens. Remind yourself when to change your filter by writing the date you changed the filter on the filter’s frame with a permanent marker.
- In the spring, it’s best to change more often. It’s simple: if you’re seeing dust and dirt build up in the filter – it’s time to switch it out.