TODAY, ALLERGIES ARE OUR COMMON PROBLEM AT EVERY AGE. FROM CARPETS TO SOFAS, THE DECORATION ELEMENTS MAY TRIGGER ALLERGIES THROUGH ALLERGENS. WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE TO GIVE COMFORT TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALLERGIES AND PROTECT THOSE WHO ARE FREE OF ALLERGIES? HERE IS THE ANSWER…
Does your child, who is your most valuable treasure, often go into a sneezing fit? Is the first thing you do sneezing when you wake up in the morning? Are you waking up with itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat or a slight headache? If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, you have allergies, or in other words, too many allergens in your home. Any room in your home can accommodate allergens. Their major living spaces are carpets, sheets, pillows, duvets, fuzzy and woolen items, which have a high potential of harboring dust in homes. Let’s also give the good news that you can remove allergens from your home with some preventive measures. How are you going to do this?
CAUTION IN THE BEDROOM!
When we consider that we spend a great deal of our lives in asleep, we have to start from the bedroom. Everything from mattresses to pillows and comforters is filled with dust mites, bacteria, and pollen that get inside on our hair. This causes us to become more exposed and vulnerable to allergic conditions. To remove allergens from the bedroom, cover your mattress and pillows with anti-mite covers. Wash your linens at least once a week in the safest and highest temperature for fabric. Do not use triggers such as feather pillows, bed pads, etc., if you are allergic to them. Be careful about styrofoam and wool, prefer anti-allergic synthetics instead.
GET RID OF THE EXCESS ITEMS
Get rid of unnecessary items that are not used in your home. Little commodity also means little hiding space for mites and molds. Trinkets and small decorative objects attract dust. Lower the number of items in your room. Before you go to bed, many of you read books, but you have to build your library in another part of the house. Books and magazines collect dust. Old paper attracts insects. Stop using underneath your bed as a warehouse; those areas are the primary shelter of dust mites. Try to create a separate space in your home for storage. In fact, give away unnecessary items.
DO NOT USE CARPET AND KILIM
Carpets and kilims add a different atmosphere to your home, but if you have asthma or allergies, do not use carpets or rugs. Floor coverings that are made of marble and laminates are easily cleanable. If you cannot give up your carpet or kilim, you can choose anti-allergen products. Vacuum cleaning your floors at least once a week ensures the reduced number of allergens dramatically. Use a precision air filter in your vacuum cleaner and clean all the way from bottom to top of the cabinets. Do not forget to clean the corners and underneath the sofas.
Because the formaldehyde, a compound, used in furniture varnish can irritate allergic children, simple models should be preferred in the decor. The leather is advised to be used in furnishing because it will not hold dust and it is suitable for wet cleaning. Plush toys and equipment should not be kept in the room because they fit very well into children’s rooms but they are very suitable to harbor dust mites. Curtains should be simple, plain fabric. Velvet is not preferred and should be washed frequently without waiting for routine cleaning. The walls should be painted with water-based breathable paints; thinner based satin paints are not recommended because they become evaporated and spread into the air.
The selection of fabrics used for curtains and upholstering your sofas is also important to avoid allergies, because heavy fabrics collect dust and allergens. Instead, choose washable, lightweight fabrics for your curtains and sofas. Be careful about pollens in spring and keep your windows closed; opt for air filters in the rooms, and ventilate your home frequently at other times.
Experts advise keeping pets away from beds to those who keep cats or dogs at home, because dandruff makes you one step closer to having allergies. You can keep your cat or dog away from your bedroom by creating their own beds. If your pet sleeps in your bedroom, care to vacuum the room more often, wash your pet often for prevention from getting dandruff.