THE BANK holidays are upon us which can only mean one thing; spring has sprung.
As the temperatures rise, the days get longer and the garden comes into bloom which brings with it gorgeous plants and flowers for us to feast our eyes on.
But for some feasting their eyes on gorgeous flowers isn’t an option as their tear ducts fill with unwanted water and they are forced into regular sneezes.
For the one in five of us who suffer from hay fever spring can be a nightmarish elongated summer cold.
Met Office figures suggest that there are 10 million people in the UK affected by the pesky summer cold.
But it’s not just the flowers that can cause agitation, dust mites and dead skin around your home can cause the feverish symptoms too.
Cleaning expert Ivan Ivanov, from London, shared his top tips for banishing the irritating dust from your home.
The professional from End of Tenancy London, said: “Tackling dust within your own home first and foremost, and it doesn’t have to be an arduous task.”
Here are his pro tips for getting on top of things:
Wash your bed sheets and hoover regularly
Mini dust mites love to nestle into the fibres of bed sheets, causing unwanted irritation on the skin.
Plus, with the close proximity of the duvet sheet to your mouth, you run the risk of breathing in the dust mites, which is unhygienic and a potential trigger point for allergies.
Wash your sheets, and dry them away from the floor, so as not to pick any dust up.
Dust falls perfectly into carpet crevices, meaning the only way to avoid dust build-up is to vacuum frequently, with special attention being paid to thick carpets.
Also consider transitioning to hardwood flooring, as it makes spotting dust a whole lot easier.
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Mop the floor with warm water and vinegar
If you have a hard floor already, then mopping is a super speedy and effective way of lowering the amount of allergy triggers in the home.
A simple and cost-effective way of cleaning the floor is warm water with a couple splashes of vinegar, to ease some of the dirt off of the ground.
In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a clean and shiny floor with no dust on.
Air purifiers are a great investment
If you’re someone that prefers tech over toil, a great addition to the home is an air purifier.
Using extremely fine filters, they suck in air and cleanse it to remove any allergen particles.
While they aren’t infallible, they are extremely effective at removing dust.
Become a DIY expert
Dust can build up inside cracks, such as in the walls or in the ceiling. To stop the tide of dust building up and causing irritation, be sure to try and cover up all the cracks inside.
Plus, eliminating cracks that lead to the outside also have a positive effect on your energy bills.
This is particularly important as millions of homes across Britain have been plunged into a cost-of-living crisis following the rise in gas and electricity bills.
Learn how to dust properly
The most important aspect of dusting is having a damp cloth instead of a dry one.
A dry one just disperses dust particles into the air, which unfortunately makes allergies a whole lot worse. A damp cloth collects all the dust with ease.
Don’t bother getting on all fours to reach tight corners and skirting boards, instead use the hoover’s long attachment, it’ll save you hassle.
If you have light fixtures or blinds that are made of a delicate material, put down the damp cloth or vacuum and instead invest in lint rollers.
Designed primarily for clothing, lint rollers have a sticky outside that lends itself beautifully to removing dust.
Just be cautious not to apply too much pressure to what you’re cleaning – such as a Venetian blind – or else you run the risk of breaking it.
Get organised – and make cleaning fun
Be wary of clutter. Dust loves to settle into cracks and crevices, and can build up surprisingly quickly.
Declutter your spaces, as a clean home is a clean mind.
Consider donating your clutter to charity instead of throwing it out.
If you simply can’t live without it, put the items in the loft or the garage.
Finally, as hard as it might sound, try and make cleaning fun. We all know it can be a monotonous task, and therefore it can be easy to fall into the trap of doing the minimum work needed.
Instead, put music on in the background. Work to a beat to maintain a rhythm. Or, let your mind wander as you listen to a podcast.
It can make even the most menial cleaning task a whole lot more enjoyable.