Indoor air pollutants such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mold spores and tobacco smoke can be trapped in our carpets, curtains, furniture, and bedding, causing problems for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. That’s why it’s so important to have a healthy, clean home for your family, and using HEPA filters is one of the most effective ways to eliminate these irritants from the air.
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. Basically, a HEPA filter is an air filter that can trap large amounts of tiny-tiny particles like pet dander, pollen, dust mites and other bacteria, making the air and carpet cleaner and better for your overall health and well-being. You can find HEPA filters in air purifiers and some specially equipped vacuum cleaners. Other vacuums just recirculate these pollutants back into the air, causing even more problems.
Here are some other house cleaning tips for getting rid of pesky allergens:
- Use protective mattress and pillow covers to help prevent dust mites from getting nestled all snug in your bed – but still wash your sheets and pillow cases in hot water weekly. Regular mattress cleaning will also help with allergies, as will washing or dry cleaning your pillows at least annually.
- Whether you have curtains or blinds, clean them often. Fabrics can trap dust quickly and easily so make sure and wash fabrics with hot water. Blinds should be scrubbed with soap and hot water.
- Dust furniture and vacuum upholstered furnishings regularly. Be sure to get every nook and cranny.
When it’s all said and done, a thorough home cleaning is still your best bet to eliminate harmful allergens and air pollutants. If you’re extra sensitive, maintain that level of clean by vacuuming carpets and dusting surfaces daily. If you’re looking for help or need healthy cleaning services, The Maids has you covered. Call 800.843.6243 for a free estimate.