One time, we had a client who was very concerned about building an allergy-free home. Dust, pollen, pet dander, mould, and certain chemical substances trigger the kids' allergies ⸺ and it is troublesome for their family.
When this is the case for your family, you need to take some special measures. Cleaning needs to be a part of your daily routine. You need to vacuum every room and all areas of your house frequently. You need to declutter and throw out the things that collect dust and dirt on your storage. Also, you need to be careful in decorating the rooms because some items inside the house accumulate more dust particles more than others and trigger a person's allergies.
Here are five tips for you and your family to avoid troublesome allergy flare-ups, plus the decorative items you need to avoid:
Beware of carpets
Carpet floors are comfortable and soft to touch, but these accumulate more dust particles and allergens than any other item in a room. Avoid using carpets when someone in your family suffers from dust allergy.
But, if you still want to put a carpet in your home, choose one with shorter fur and clean the carpets regularly to minimise the accumulation of dust.
Avoid some types of fabrics
Your curtains, throw pillows, sheets, rugs, and other decorative items made from fabric can trigger an allergy. If you or someone in your family is allergic to dust, avoid or minimise the use of quilted fabrics. You can also substitute fabric curtains with low-maintenance shutters and blinds ⸺ these block the glaring sunlight and won't trap dust coming from the windows.
Clean your furniture regularly
Your couch, whether covered with leather or fabric, needs some dusting and vacuuming. Leather couches are easier to clean; all you need to do is wipe the surface with wet wipes.
Pay close attention to your cabinet storage and open shelves too. These places collect dust and dirt over time and need to be wiped clean every two weeks.
Choose your indoor plants wisely
Here in Superdraft, we love to use plants to decorate our clients' homes. But, if you are allergic to pollen, Popsugar Australia recommends growing green, leafy houseplants that soothe allergy symptoms. Plants like the Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dracaena Marginata Colorama, and English Ivy are great if you don't have pollen allergies and if you want to reduce mold spores, absorb allergens, and improve indoor air quality.
Avoid using artificial plants because these accumulate dust and dirt particles. If you really want artificial plants as part of your decor, opt for the ones made from high-quality plastic and can stay in good condition for years.
Avoid scented candles
Scented candles are great items that you can display in the bathroom, dining area, and in the bedroom. But, if you or someone in your family has candle allergies, it is better to avoid scented candles.
If you love the look of burning candles but don't want the scents that can stir up allergies, opt for non-scented candles. Flameless LED candles are also a great substitute for real ones.
If you’re ready to renovate or build an allergy-free home, book a FREE in-home consultation with one of our designers today.