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Tips for handling indoor allergies

Allergy management at home

Tips for handling dust mites

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Minimize carpeting. Hard-surface flooring throughout your home is preferable.

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You can purchase specially made mattress and pillow protectors which guard against the mites.

Clean regularly

Cleaning products to manage allergies

Regularly clean, dust with a damp cloth, and wait for dust to settle before you vacuum.

Prepare

Wash sheets and blankets in hot water at least once a week.

Prevent

Install a HEPA filter for air filtration and use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to filter out dust mites that live in your home.

Establish a routine

Professional steam cleaning of carpets is an effective way to reduce allergens. It’s best to do this as part of your spring cleaning routine, before the start of allergy season.

Tips for reducing indoor mould

Air quality

Keep humidity levels low with air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

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Avoid carpets and rugs in your home. If you do have some, low pile is best and steam clean them regularly.

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HEPA filter to help manage allergies

Mould spores are exceptionally tiny and not readily trapped by standard air filters. To reduce airborne mould spores, install a HEPA air filter. It is capable of trapping air particles such as pollen, dust mites, mould, and pet dander through a fine filter. It will significantly reduce airborne particulate matter in your home.

Prepare

When vacuuming, sweeping, or doing other housework around the house, you can kick up a lot of mould and dust build-up. Wear a mask to reduce your exposure. For hard-surfaced floors, sweep first, and then dampen them to minimize the dust floating in the air. Use re-usable micro-fiber cleaning cloths.

Prevent

Use cleaning solutions designed to kill mould and mildew.

Monitor

Check your home for visible leaks or moisture. Mould has a distinctive smell that may tip you off to a growth area. Check bathrooms, furnace rooms – any area that is poorly ventilated, dark, and has the potential to be damp – as they are breeding grounds for mould.

If you are still suffering from an indoor allergy you may require medication, Find out more about the allergy treatment options available to you.