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Combatting Winter Allergens

Combatting Winter Allergens: A Cleaner Home for Better Health

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Jean-Marie Pfeifer

As the winter season sets in, many of us find ourselves spending more time indoors, seeking refuge from the cold weather. However, the indoors can harbor a variety of allergens that can exacerbate respiratory issues and allergy symptoms. At Shore to Shore Cleaning, we understand the importance of maintaining a clean and allergen-free home, especially during the winter months when indoor air quality can suffer. Join us as we explore how to combat winter allergens and create a healthier living environment for you and your family.

1. Keep Dust at Bay:

Dust mites are a common allergen found in homes year-round, but they can become particularly problematic during the winter when homes are sealed up tight against the cold. Regular dusting is essential for keeping dust mites at bay. Use a microfiber cloth or dusting wand to trap and remove dust from surfaces such as shelves, countertops, and furniture. Don't forget to dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and other hard-to-reach areas where dust can accumulate.

2. Vacuum Regularly:

Carpeting and rugs can harbor dust, pet dander, and other allergens that can trigger allergic reactions. Vacuuming regularly with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum cleaner can help remove these allergens from your home. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas, such as entryways and living rooms, and vacuum under furniture and in corners where dust tends to accumulate.

3. Wash Bedding Frequently:

Bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, can harbor dust mites and other allergens that can disrupt your sleep and exacerbate allergy symptoms. Wash bedding in hot water weekly to kill dust mites and remove allergens. Consider using allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers to create an additional barrier against dust mites and other allergens.

4. Maintain Indoor Humidity Levels:

Dry indoor air can exacerbate respiratory issues and dry out mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to winter allergies and respiratory infections. Use a humidifier to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50%. Be sure to clean and disinfect your humidifier regularly to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

5. Clean Air Ducts and Filters:

Dirty air ducts and filters can circulate allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet dander throughout your home, compromising indoor air quality. Schedule a professional air duct cleaning to remove built-up debris and allergens from your HVAC system. Additionally, be sure to replace air filters regularly to ensure optimal performance and air quality.

6. Reduce Pet Dander:

Pets can be a significant source of allergens, especially during the winter when they spend more time indoors. Bathe and groom your pets regularly to reduce shedding and dander. Vacuum upholstery and carpeting frequently to remove pet hair and dander, and consider designating pet-free zones in your home, such as bedrooms, to minimize exposure to allergens.

Ensuring a cleaner home during the winter months isn't just about tidiness; it's about safeguarding your family's health and well-being. By taking proactive steps to combat winter allergens with the help of Shore to Shore Cleaning's tips, you're not only creating a more pleasant living environment but also investing in better respiratory health for everyone under your roof. Remember, small changes can make a big difference, so stay diligent in your cleaning efforts and enjoy the benefits of a healthier home this winter season.

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My name is Jean-Marie Pfeifer and I am the owner of Shore to Shore Cleaning. I started cleaning as a little girl, I remember going to family functions and disappearing into my cousins room to clean while all the other kids played or watched tv

In high school I picked up a summer job cleaning houses over on Fire Island... read more

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