Houseworks Home Cleaning Service

Cleaning Home

The health of your home impacts the health and wellness of those who live under its roof. The best prescription for a healthier home is routine cleaning, dusting and vacuuming to prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt. HouseWorks’ systematic and skillful approach provides the preventive cleaning you need to create a healthy home environment for your family, guests and pets. Martha White, M.D., co-chair of public information at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers these 8 tips for creating a healthy home environment: Un-clutter. Smooth, orderly surfaces mean fewer places for dust to rest

Smooth, orderly surfaces mean fewer places for dust to rest Opt for hard wood, tile or linoleum floors – all of which are easier to clean, and less likely to act as allergen traps than carpet and carpet paddings.

– all of which are easier to clean, and less likely to act as allergen traps than carpet and carpet paddings. Vacuum frequently. If you can’t get rid of your carpets, vacuum frequently – preferably using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency-particulate-air) filter which is less likely to “leak” allergens back out onto the carpet. Stay away from anti-dust mite carpet treatments containing tannic acid, a respiratory irritant that could make asthma worse. (It also irritates eyes and skin.) Benzyl benzoate, another chemical irritant found in mite treatments, should also be avoided.

If you can’t get rid of your carpets, vacuum frequently – preferably using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency-particulate-air) filter which is less likely to “leak” allergens back out onto the carpet. Stay away from anti-dust mite carpet treatments containing tannic acid, a respiratory irritant that could make asthma worse. (It also irritates eyes and skin.) Benzyl benzoate, another chemical irritant found in mite treatments, should also be avoided. Cover up. Dust-proof encasings for your mattresses and pillows can successfully reduce dust mite levels by a whopping 98 percent. Though encasings may seem costly, they are one of the best ways to reduce exposure to dust mites.

Dust-proof encasings for your mattresses and pillows can successfully reduce dust mite levels by a whopping 98 percent. Though encasings may seem costly, they are one of the best ways to reduce exposure to dust mites. Wash all other bedding once weekly, using water that’s at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Water this hot can cause scalding.) An extra fifteen minutes in a hot dryer will also kill dust mites. Avoid fuzzy blankets, bunk beds, and canopies – all of which are more likely to invite dust mites.

using water that’s at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Water this hot can cause scalding.) An extra fifteen minutes in a hot dryer will also kill dust mites. Avoid fuzzy blankets, bunk beds, and canopies – all of which are more likely to invite dust mites. Choose washable toys of wood, rubber, metal or plastic. Store in a closed toy box or chest. To keep stuffed animals mite-free, toss into the dryer for twenty minutes on the hottest available setting.

Store in a closed toy box or chest. To keep stuffed animals mite-free, toss into the dryer for twenty minutes on the hottest available setting. When pollen and mold counts are high, keep windows and doors closed. You can check pollen counts for your region in your newspaper or at Pollen.com. Outdoor mold and pollen spores can easily be carried indoors, only adding to the allergen inventory.

You can check pollen counts for your region in your newspaper or at Pollen.com. Outdoor mold and pollen spores can easily be carried indoors, only adding to the allergen inventory. For those of us who can’t bear to part with the family pets, the best option is to keep them off the beds and out of the bedrooms at all times. Frequently comb and brush pets outside. Clean cages of rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs often, since their urine – not their fur – contains allergens. People should do what’s practical and cost-effective for them, but he most useful thing of all is to clean the home once a week. And clean not just for the eyes, but for the nose. Source: Children’s Environmental Health Coalition (CHEC) HealthyHouse.