Wood Blinds and Mini Blinds Alleviate Allergies

Jun 23 2010

When flowers and plants start to bud, allergies act up. In the mountains, it might be cottonwoods that triggers sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes. In other places, it may be the grasses, or even dust. Those who have chronic allergy problems dread the springtime and the discomfort it brings. However, there is one element that can be controlled throughout the spring/summer seasons and that’s the home.

Choice of furniture can do a lot to determine whether or not pollens and dust mites will find a suitable place to dwell. Furniture covered in fabric holds pollens and dust within the miniature lines and grooves of the fabric. With corduroy type materials, the grooves become perfect habitat for stray pollens and dust to get caught. With coverings like leather and wood, dust tends to slide off more so than with fabric. Wood blinds, faux wood blinds and aluminum mini blinds are all deterrents to dust instead of attractants. Anti-static properties on some faux wood blinds also ensure dust finds somewhere else to go.

Because dust can trigger allergies, it’s crucial to vacuum and dust once a week. Furniture and blinds should be wiped down with a moist cloth or rag, or vacuumed. Aluminum mini-blinds can be taken off their mounting to be cleaned, whereas wood and faux wood window treatments can easily be cleaned on the wall.

Keeping windows closed will also help reduce allergic reactions. When the wind picks up in the spring and summer, all sorts of things blow in windows and find homes on all types of counters, tables, picture fames and other places. Insulating window treatments can block heat and dust from coming in through cracks.

Some places that are often overlooked in weekly cleanings are the TV screens, which have static properties that attract dust, heaps of clothing and material bed frames. If allergies are acting up, then twice a week cleaning might help.

The best treatment for any fabrics or materials that might house dust mites is to wash them in water heated over 130 degrees. However, be sure to read the cleaning instructions as some fabrics may shrink or deteriorate in the washing machine.

In homes, mold has also been known to cause allergic reactions. Therefore, getting into the corners in bathrooms and scrubbing grout can alleviate symptoms. If mold has grown in the walls or ceilings, then call the landlord, or have a professional come in as serious health problems can result.

Millions of Americans suffer from allergies. By keeping a clean home and substituting wood, plastic and metal window treatments or blinds, furniture and decorations, homes can be kept relatively dust free and allergy free.
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