These Five Tips Will Help Allergy Sufferers Clean Their Homes

Pollen and dust in living rooms are bothersome and even dangerous for allergy sufferers. With our five tips, you can better get rid of them and reduce their spread in the house right from the start.

Allergens usually cannot be completely eliminated at home. Nevertheless, there are ways to significantly reduce the load of pollen and house dust and thus prevent acute allergic reactions.

  • Tip 1: Wipe down the entrance area daily
    Pollen sticks to our clothes and shoes, to our cats and dogs – and therefore inevitably enters the house. “The entrance area and the hallway are therefore particularly laden with pollen,” explains Heike Behrbohm from German Skin and Allergy Help. To prevent pollen from accumulating there, the expert advises cleaning the floors daily.
  • Tip 2: Clean the windows according to the pollination forecast
    “Window cleaning should be postponed to days when the pollen count is low,” advises Heike Behrbohm. Weather forecasts that examine the pollen count, for example the “Pollen Flight Danger Index” of the German weather service, help here. The time of day also plays a role: “In the city the pollen count tends to be high in the evening, in the countryside early in the morning.”
  • Tip 3: Vacuum household dust first, then wipe clean
    Household dust accumulates where people stay often and for long periods of time: in the bedroom, living room and children’s room. Behrbohm from the German Skin and Allergy Help recommends: “Suck first, then wipe”. In this way, you prevent dust from constantly being stirred up when walking through the room, which then settles directly on the freshly cleaned floors.
  • Tip 4: Vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter or water
    A lot of dust can accumulate in carpets in particular. That’s why Sonja Lämmel from the German Allergy and Asthma Association says: “Short-pile carpets should be vacuumed regularly.” Allergy sufferers should avoid high-pile carpets as much as possible because too much dust accumulates there.

    “Allergy sufferers should use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and the greatest possible retention capacity,” advises the expert. This means that they do not directly blow out a large portion of the allergens sucked in with the exhaust air from the device. Class 11 filters retain 95% of dust particles, dust mites and pollen, Class 13 filters even 99.95%.

    However, the suction pipe, the hose and the housing remain weak points. “The biggest danger comes from changing the vacuum bag,” says Behrbohm. Allergy sufferers should therefore leave that to someone else.

    A vacuum cleaner with a water filter is even safer. “The dust is bound to the water and washed away with the dirty water without being stirred up,” says Behrbohm. The alternative are models with a spray suction system. They clean floors and upholstery with a damp cloth and vacuum up residual moisture in the same operation.

  • Tip 5: Dust wipes
    Smooth surfaces are easier to clean with dust cloths. “They pull dust instead of lifting it,” says Behrbohm. Although disposable wipes are convenient to throw away, they generate a lot of waste. “It is more durable to wipe with a damp microfiber cloth or a well-wrung cloth,” says the expert.

    Lämmel advises people with a dust mite allergy to ventilate during and after cleaning work. But regular airing is also useful for people allergic to house dust. This increases the humidity in the room, which means that the dust is better bound.

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