Follow these steps to rid your home of allergens, stay healthy

Gross. Keep this out of your home with The Maids help.

We’re not always aware of the various allergens thriving inside our homes, like dust mites, animal dander, mold and mildew. But, we are aware of the sneezing, coughing and other health repercussions they cause every year.

To eliminate these pesky symptoms, follow these preventative maintenance techniques to help protect your home and family:

–Clean and change your air and furnace filters according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mold thrives in cooling systems and pollen gets trapped in the filters.

–Place floor mats by all entrances and exits of the home.

–Damp wipe walls and mini-blinds and vacuum draperies often.

–Vacuum mattresses. Put zippered, allergen-proof coverings on your mattress, box springs and pillows to prevent dust mite allergens from escaping into the air.

–Have your air ducts professionally cleaned. This helps reduce the amount of dirt, pollen and contaminants from being re-circulated into the home.

–If you have a humidifier, set the humidity level below 50 percent to help prevent fungus growth.

–To help reduce mold and mildew in dark closets and storage areas, try leaving on a night light.

–To prevent mildew from forming in your refrigerator, wipe the inside with vinegar. The acid effectively kills fungus.

–Throw away piles of newspaper; they could attract cockroaches (their body parts and dried fecal particles are strong allergens).

–Wash stuffed toys and animals to remove dust mites and other contaminants.

–Groom all pets outdoors.

–Check your house plant soil and dried floral arrangements for signs of mold growth and dust.

Suffer from severe allergy or respiratory problems?

We use state-of-the-art backpack vacuums with HEPA filters to ensure that any particle at least 1/240th the diameter of a strand of hair is coming with us. Separate attachments for these mighty machines help grab 99.9 percent of all dust, allergens, bacteria, pet dander, pollen and other pollutants from not only rugs but curtains, cushions, corners and other crevices.

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