No matter the climate, country or city, allergens live in the home all year round. While no home can be completely allergen-free, proper cleaning on a regular basis can help reduce the number of allergens – and symptoms suffered as a result. Here are some tips for reducing the risk of itchy throats, watery eyes and sinus problems.
Watch your floors
It’s a fact that more allergens collect on surfaces than float in the air. And certain types of flooring can hold more allergens than others. Materials like marble are hard and non-porous, making it harder for allergens to collect on it. Carpets, on the other hand, tend to trap dust, pollen and other allergenic particles more easily. Carpets also retain moisture for longer, encouraging the growth of mould if left unattended.
To minimise allergens no matter what the flooring, keep it dry and clean. Vacuum cleaners with a motorised power nozzle like the UltraActive are specially designed for deep cleaning of carpets, with the nozzle lifting out dirt and other allergens trapped in the flooring.
Vacuum with a HEPA filter
Vacuums can be a powerful ally for sucking up dirt and dust, but not all vacuums can keep from re-emitting dust particles into the air. This can cause problems for those with allergies to dust mites.
The Electrolux UltraActive vacuum has a HEPA filter that prevents dirt particles and other allergens from being re-released into the air once sucked in.
HEPA filters are high efficiency filters designed to capture and hold tiny particles, preventing them from spreading back into the air. As such, vacuums which feature HEPA filters are best for removing allergens from the home. The Electrolux UltraSilencer Green has been proven to trap 99.5% of particles and keep them within the vacuum canister. This means cleaner floors and cleaner air for your home. Vacuuming the floors, upholstery and furniture once or twice a week is usually enough to control allergens in the home.
Wash your sheets
Unfortunately for us, one of the places dust mites thrive in is the very bedding we love to spend so much time on. This is why it’s important to reduce allergens by washing our bed sheets, pillowcases and blankets in hot wash cycles before drying them in a dryer.
The Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines has a vapour cycle that fills the drum with hot vapour, sterilising your fabrics for a more hygienic result.
The Electrolux Vapour Time Manager range of washing machines introduces a vapour cycle into hot washes above 40oC. Hot vapour rises into the drum during this cycle, cleaning and sanitising the fabric. The vapour also softens the fabric fibres for softer clothes and sheets after the wash.
While air drying the sheets after laundering may save energy, it may not be the best way to control allergens. Wet sheets tend to attract the allergens that were just removed in the wash. Dryers like the Electrolux Iron Aid dryer are the better choice in this case. The hot air helps to prevent the accumulation of allergens on freshly-washed sheets, while its electronic smart sensor adapts the drying time to the load, so they are not over-dried. A refreshment programme ensures that odours and wrinkles are also removed from the sheets.