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Spring Cleaning Tips – How to alleviate asthma this spring

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As the cold and gloomy weather comes to an end, the warmer breezy climate of Spring draws close, signalling that it’s time to start Spring cleaning!

While some people dread the idea of going through clutter, if you’re one of the two million Australians who suffer from asthma, this will be an important time of the year for you. As dust mites, dirt and allergens accumulate over the winter months, a good clean-up is exactly the thing we need for a fresh start in Spring. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

Get rid of old clutter

Let’s face it, this is probably the chore many hate the most. Suddenly everything in the house has sentimental value, including that old sock you wore during your first marathon run when you were seventeen. As Marie Kondo herself has said, if it doesn’t spark joy, toss it; otherwise consider tucking belongings away in boxes or drawers. Not only will you minimise dust collectors, your overall living space will look significantly neater.

Dust often

Dust happens, and there’s a universal understanding that as soon as you dust your belongings, more dust will collect. But the battle shouldn’t end there! Not only can dust cause eye irritation, sometimes it can lead to more severe issues such as triggering an allergy or even an asthma attack. A simple tip while dusting is to not fluff the dust right into the air by using a feather duster, instead opt to use a damp cloth to clean areas with a high volume of dust, making sure to rinse the cloth often.

Spring also marks the perfect time to dust those forgotten places where dust has built up over winter – like the top of door jams, ceiling fans and the top of the fridge.

Clean your carpets thoroughly

Carpet and rugs trap all sorts of particles – from dust to dander to dirt. While it might true that carpets have no real connection to causing allergies, they are known to trap allergens in their pile. If you have pets, the carpet can easily trap dander, which is a known allergen. Therefore, it’s important to vacuum regularly and do a deep carpet clean once or twice a year.

The National Asthma Council of Australia recommends vacuuming your rugs and carpet weekly. To remove those deep-down allergens and dust that normal vacuuming won’t reach, Spring is the perfect time to give your carpets a deep clean using hot water extraction. Britex carpet cleaner hire machines are the National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice partner for DIY deep carpet cleaning hire.

Clean bedding and upholstery

Dust mites and allergens thrive on humidity, which makes a warm bed the perfect place for microscopic allergens such as mould, pollen and pet dander to gather. Hence why it is important to wash your bedding every week in hot water over 55°C.

During Spring, a deep clean of mattresses using the Britex machine with an upholstery wand, will leave you breathing and sleeping much easier. Since allergens cling onto soft surfaces, don’t forget your living areas. Upholstery such as couches, armchairs and dining chairs can be deep cleaned once or twice a year to remove lingering allergens and dust.

Remove mould

Mould is a significant, yet often overlooked allergy trigger. It is commonly found in damp areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. When mould reproduces, it creates spores that are carried in the air, which when inhaled, effect the body in the same way as inhaling dust mites or grass pollen.

The warmer Spring weather is the ideal time to remove visible mould by cleaning with a naturally fermented white vinegar solution. Prevention is largely as important as cure when it comes to mould, so ensure adequate ventilation in all rooms of your home and seal leaks in bathrooms and roofs.

Deep cleaning for carpet, rugs, upholstery, floor grout and tiles and even mattresses

For a thorough deep clean, The National Asthma Council of Australia recommends Britex as their Sensitive Choice partner for carpet cleaner hires. The Britex carpet cleaner hire machine deep cleans your carpet, upholstery, mattresses and floor grout & tiles, removing dust mites, pet fur, mould and other known allergens, while also removing stubborn stains and eliminating odours caused by pets.

The Britex carpet cleaner hire machine uses a hot water extraction system, which reaches deep into your carpet fibres and fabric furnishings, extracting dirt, grime, bacteria, dust and allergens from your home.

The Britex carpet cleaner hire machine is available for hire in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware Stores.

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