Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Family Room
This is where you relax, watch your favorite shows, and spend quality time with family and friends. Try these important tips to help reduce allergens in this highly-trafficked space:
Pay attention to flooring
Smooth surfaces, like wood, laminate, bamboo, linoleum, and vinyl are less likely to attract dust mites, pet dander, and mold. But you should still clean them often. Mop floors weekly with a product that reduces allergens. If you have carpeting, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter weekly.
Make it plant-free
As pretty as they look, houseplants can introduce outdoor mold into your indoor environment. As a compromise, plant flowers and other attractive greenery in beds outside your windows, and use faux plants indoors.
Knickknacks, books, and pictures add personal flare to your room. Unfortunately, they also harbor dust. Straw baskets and dried flower arrangements, with all their nooks and crannies, are particularly strong dust magnets. To help reduce allergens in the space, go simple with your decor, and dust weekly.
Choose minimal window treatments
The Swedes have the right idea: They go for thin, sheer window treatments, or no treatments at all, which eliminates a key place where allergens hide. Wash drapes in hot water on a regular basis to kill unwanted allergenic guests, experts say. And consider going Swedish with your style.
Say yes to leather
This smooth, nonporous surface doesn’t attract pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens. There’s your excuse to splurge on a new living room set.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
Content provided by HealthyWomen.org.