Allergies have become as synonymous with the warm months of spring and summer as lemonade and swimming pools. What was once a slight, but temporary annoyance has grown to become a global health concern according to the World Allergy Organization. Heightened global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels have eroded air quality and increased pollen production by plants as well as the proteins within pollen that act as the allergy-causing agent.
These changes have lengthened allergy season by as much as 27 days and have amped the intensity of reported symptoms.
Managing allergies is now an essential component to any cleaning plan for home or office. A strategy to identify, reduce and remove will allow home and business owners to maintain the health and comfort of victors and occupants.
Identifying allergens is a first step in managing them. Pollen comes primarily in three forms, tree pollen, grass pollen, and ragweed pollen. Among tree pollen allergies, it is necessary to be familiar with the types of trees in the area and to know when those trees are in bloom. Birch, for example, is one of the most common. Birch blooms in early spring and produces pollen grains that can linger and travel in the air for as much as 100 yards. Many tree allergy reactions fall between the mild to slightly sever range.
Grass pollen allergies tend to be more severe and is most common in the summer months. Symptoms are often severe enough to require allergy shots or tablets. Ragweed allergens are present in late summer, early fall when weeds begin to develop. Wind acts as the primary transport for these allergies and can carry them for miles.
I addition to pollen beware of dust mites which can produce symptoms that rival pollen allergens.
Once the allergies that are most prominent in the local area have been identified understanding how to reduce their presence within your indoor environment. Review the pollen count for the day in your town or city. On high pollen days, close windows and screen doors in favor of the use of central air systems. If possible, remove shoes before entering your home or private office.
Eliminate as much clutter as possible to decrease the accumulation of dust. Avoid the use cleaning products that use: ammonia, sodium lauryl sulfate, d-limonene and sodium hypochlorite which can further agitate allergy reactions. Instead choose products that are made from natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, lemons, etc.
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Removing allergies is reliant upon a consistent and diligent cleaning routine. A schedule should identify activities that are to be done daily, weekly and monthly. Cleaning begins with the air. Use HEPA air filters that actively removes contaminants from the air.
Daily vacuuming is a necessity for ensuring that dirt being tracked in from pets and walking traffic, as well as dust, is removed. Wiping down surfaces to include counters and tables daily is also essential.
A weekly routine of mopping floors and laundering fabrics particularly curtains and sheets where dust and pollen builds. Each month check and/or replace filters and steam clean rugs and upholstery.