Spring cleaning has hogged the spotlight long enough! Fall begins today, so make time to give your home a scrubbing, from top to bottom. Deep cleaning your home this fall can clear out allergens like dust and pollen that have built up over the summer. Cleaning your entire house doesn’t need to be a challenge, these five tips help you break down your to-do list so that you can wipe out allergens in your home:
1. Clean room by room, starting with wet rooms.
Cleaning your house room by room breaks up a big task into smaller hurdles. Wet rooms like the kitchen and bathroom often require the most attention because of their daily exposure to moisture, which can lead to the development of allergy-triggering mold. Tackling these rooms first ensures you’ll have the most energy to deal with tough to clean areas such as sinks, tile, and bathtubs.
2. Move from top to bottom in a circle.
Dusting after you vacuum or mop can undo all your hard work by knocking allergens off shelves and walls and onto your floors. Start at the top of each room, wiping down crown molding, walls, shelves, and counters, then vacuum your furniture before tackling your floors. This way, you’ll suck up all the dust and debris your floor catches. Plus, moving around the room in a circle, rather than jumping from spot to spot will help you keep track of where you’ve already cleaned.
3. Tidy before you clean.
Tidying means returning out-of-place items to where they belong while cleaning means rolling up your sleeves and scrubbing. Keeping items in their place leaves fewer places for allergens to hide. Tidy up before you clean each room. Place items that belong in other rooms in an outgoing pile in the hallway to be put away later, so you can focus on the current room.
4. Create trash, donate, and keep bins.
The more clutter we have around our home, the more nooks and crannies we have for the allergy-triggering dust to hide in. Don’t just clean everything and put it right back where you found it, sort things as “trash, donate, or keep”. Throw away expired pantry and toiletry products, nearly empty containers, and worn out or damaged items as you clean. Place items that are in good condition, but are no longer used or wanted, and books and magazines that have gone unread in a pile to be donated later. Organize things you plan to keep before putting them back. Smaller items like cosmetics can be stored in plastic bins to make access and cleaning easier.
5. Use the right gear.
Run your air conditioner’s fan while you clean to help suck up the disturbed dust, dirt, and pollen floating in the air. Tie back your hair and wear a hat to keep allergens out of it. Deep cleaning can mean working with chemical cleaners that irritate sensitive sinuses. Choose gentler nonallergenic cleaners if possible and wear a facemask to protect your sinuses. Finally, don’t forget the music! Whether you’re cleaning alone or as a group, having music, a favorite show, or a podcast going in the background can help you stay motivated.
Deep cleaning your home is a great way to reduce your exposure to allergens, but you can never eliminate dust, pollen, and mold from your life. If you’ve cleaned your house top to bottom but allergies still leave you miserable, seeking help from a certified professional is the first step towards breathing freely again. Dr. Pasha always begins treatment by testing to find the source of a patient’s allergies before working with them to find the best treatment option. Don’t let allergies take over your fall, let our ENT specialist help you today.