Spring cleaning season may have technically passed, but some of us put off that big cleaning project until this time of year: garage sale season! It’s so much easier to get to all of those nooks and crannies once you’ve had a chance to purge all of those little things that are ready for a new home. However, if you suffer from respiratory difficulties like indoor allergies and asthma, spring cleaning can be extra miserable for you. Luckily, if you live in the Canton, Ohio or Massillon, Ohio area, you have someplace like Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine to turn to when your symptoms become unbearable.
There are also measures that you can take to prevent your allergy symptoms or asthma symptoms from becoming overwhelming, or even mildly irritating, when performing your deep spring cleaning or general cleanup. For example, mold can be a serious irritant and common allergen, but there are plenty of ways to keep it out. Reducing moisture is your first line of defense. In kitchens and baths, a good exhaust fan may just be your best friend. It will reduce the moisture in their air and discourage it from building up on surfaces while bathing. In the kitchen it reduces moisture from items cooked on the stovetop while also removing cooking odors. It’s also a good idea to run the fans while cleaning, as they can help to dissipate the fumes from strong chemical cleaners. Even if you don’t have allergies or asthma, many cleansers are harsh irritants to the eyes, nose, and throat.
In the living room, family room, and bedrooms, it’s best to vacuum weekly. If possible, use a vacuum with a small particle HEPA filter, and be sure to keep it clean, as well. This will keep you from redistributing the very things that that trigger your allergy or asthma symptoms back into the air. Carpeting in the bathroom can be a haven for dust mites due to moisture, so you are better off with tile or linoleum flooring and washable mats. Along with weekly vacuuming, you’ll also want to wash your bed linens each week. There are dust-mite-proof covers available for your pillows, mattress, and box springs that will keep you breathing easier all year long! Luckily, you do not have to wash your curtains weekly—what an undertaking that would be! Washing them seasonally is suggested, as is the use of cotton or synthetic fabric for your window dressings.
Another favorite solution of respiratory specialists like those at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, just outside of Massillon, is plastic bins. Everything that collects dust or is vulnerable to mold should be stored in a sealed plastic bin whenever possible. From pet foods to stuffed animals, storing them where they’re not exposed to the open air will not only protect you, but will also help them to last longer!
For your house or apartment in general, keep pollen out by closing the windows during pollen seasons. Be sure to change or clean the filters on your furnace and/or air conditioner at least once a month. If you have pets in your home, bi-weekly bathing may also help you to have few allergy or asthma symptoms (though, depending on your pet’s disposition, may not be feasible). Dust mites and mold like warm, damp places, so whatever you can do to keep your home cool and dry is in your best interests. The AAAAI suggests a temperature of about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 30-50 percent.
If you’ve tried everything here in your Massillon, Ohio or Canton, Ohio area home, talk to the staff at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Center. Once they know your specific conditions, they are sure to have other ideas to help you keep your allergy and asthma symptoms to a minimum both during your “spring” cleaning and between cleanings. Give them a call at 330.479.3333 or visit their website at www.AllergyRespiratoryCenter.com today!