Step 4: Create a schedule for changing out your home’s HVAC air filters. HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) filters capture dust and other debris and keep it from freely circulating around your home. It’s best to use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to ensure most airborne household allergens are properly captured. Using quality air filters and changing them regularly — about every 3-6 months, will safeguard your family from continually breathing in harmful irritants that can cause or irritate existing allergies. Step 5: Change your bedding often and wash in hot water. People tend to spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. Research suggests adults are in their rooms up to 30% of the time, while children are apt to spend as much as half their time in the bedroom. Since bedrooms are such a central part of the home, these areas must stay as clean as possible. This requires frequent washing as bed bugs and dust mites are drawn to fibers and often inhabit materials
that can be challenging to clean such as mattresses, pillows and curtains. To avoid these household pests and the irritation they can cause, be sure to wash your bed linens and pillows every 1-2 weeks in hot water and dry on a high setting. If you or one of your family members already suffers from allergies, you may want to consider purchasing bedding and curtains made of allergen-proof fabrics. If the allergy is particularly severe, you may even need to use airtight plastic covers for mattresses and pillows. Step 6: Keep stuffed animals and plush toys well-laundered. Like bedding and other household items made of fabric, stuffed animals and plush toys attract dust mites and other allergens, which
means they must be washed regularly to keep themhygienic and safe for
your child to be around. Stuffed animals and plush toys often get dirty thanks to active play. Frequent cleanings will keep your child’s favorite toy looking presentable and smelling fresh. You’ll find that many stuffed animals and plush toys can be machine washed. Read the tag for precise cleaning directions. If you do decide to machine wash stuffed animals and toys, be sure to use the delicate cycle and place each item in a separate mesh bag for delicates (or you can use a zippered pillowcase). Separating these items will prevent wear and tear caused by friction in the washingmachine. Items that can’t be placed in the washingmachine should be hand washed.
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