Living with allergies is challenging, but you can furnish so that you alleviate some of the challenge. Some common allergens in the home are pet dander, dust mites and pollen, and while it is not possible to get rid of them completely they can be minimized to mitigate the sufferings of those who are allergic to them.
Go for a Clutter Free Look
It is important to get rid of all dirt and debris on a regular basis, and frequent cleaning is essential to keep allergens to a minimum. Less clutter means less cleaning and less places for dust to accumulate. Make sure to have enough storage in a child’s room where toys can be stored to protect them from collecting dust. You may also want to avoid keeping books and collectibles in a bedroom because these can collect a lot of dust. Keep nightstands free of objects so that the air around the bed is clean.
Choose Upholstered Furniture Wisely
Leather and vinyl are probably the best upholstery choices for allergy sufferers. These materials can be cleaned easily, and today you can get leather in a variety of colors and looks. Buying a good quality leather sofa can be expensive, but the investment pays off in the long run.
Bare Floors Are the Best
It is best to have bare floors as they can be cleaned easily and thoroughly. Area and Oriental rugs over your bare floor are a good alternative to wall to wall carpeting, as these can be regularly cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. In between washing, use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter frequently.
Avoid Heavy Curtains and Drapes
Blinds could quite possibly be the best window treatment for an allergy free environment inside the home, but avoid accordion pleated ones. If you must have curtains, use light cotton ones. These have the advantage of being easily washed to get rid of any dust that may settle on them. Completely avoid heavy drapes, or ones that pool on the floor.
Protect Your Bed
Beds need special attention because pillows and mattresses are also a breeding ground for dust mites. Besides the obvious, which is laundering bed-sheets and pillowcases at least once a week, it also helps to encase pillows and mattresses in allergen-proof covers. These covers are available in fabric and also as airtight, zippered plastic coverings that prevent a person from coming in direct contact with them.