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Allergies can cause havoc by disrupting sleep, work and causing a general sense of hopelessness. Although most people with allergies will concentrate on keeping their bedroom clean, your living room can also contribute to aggravating your allergies. Sofas and furnishings like rugs and curtains can trap moisture, food particles, sweat, and pet hair, causing mold and dust mites to multiply.
Keeping your living room clean, can affect the severity and frequency of your allergies. Here are some simple tips that can help reduce allergens in your living room.
Flooring – Removing carpeting and replacing it with hardwood flooring will reduce dust, dirt, and pet hair on your floors. If this is not possible, vacuum your floors at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
Sofa Cushions – Your living room sofa is a breeding ground for dust mites and mold as most sofas will hold moisture, food particles, pet hair, and sweat. Professionally cleaning and vacuuming your cushioning will reduce dust, however, older cushioning should be replaced every 5 years. New foam cushioning will reduce allergens while providing better support and comfort.
Drapes and blinds- Washing and ironing your curtains at least once every 3 months will reduce dust and dander. Blinds on the other hand are a hassle-free option as they will only require vacuuming and a wipe down every month.
Windows – When the pollen count is high keep your windows closed and use your air conditioning. Keep your windows and frames clean by washing them at least once a month.