Asthma, Dust and how clean are your Curtains and Blinds??

Do you or your child have asthma?  We do and we know how much dust around the home can aggravate our son’s asthma.  “Because allergens cling to soft surfaces,  it’s essential to wash,  dry-clean or vacuum drapes,  as well as vacuum sofas and chairs to remove lingering allergens,  and wash or dry-clean throw rugs.  Vertical blinds or roller shades are less likely to accumulate dust than drapes.”  (National Asthma Council Australia)

We can’t get rid off dust and allergens 100%  but we can certainly do our best to make our homes as dust and mould free as possible.  Obviously just having our curtains or blinds cleaned isn’t the only thing we can do to eliminate the dust in our homes.  There is lots of advice around about keeping the home clutter free,  using damp cloths to dust instead of feather dusters,  changing the bedding every 1-2 weeks and hoovering on a regular basis.  “It’s house dust mites which cause the problems with their droppings.  These tiny creatures live in the dust that builds up around the homes – in carpets,  bedding,  cushions and soft furnishings,  for example.  They’re invisible to the naked eye and 90% of people with asthma are sensitive to them.”  (Asthma UK)  Follow them on twitter or Facebook…..

Food for thought for those of us wanting to get our homes ready and gleaming for the busy festive season that we are soon to approach.  With all of the extra decorations that will be around the house and the fact that they may be up for weeks (depending how eager  you personally like to put them up),  now is a good time to have a belated  ‘Spring Clean’.  OR maybe you have never had your curtains or blinds cleaned!?  After all it’s understandable since they are are generally drawn twice per day and then maybe forgotten about.  However our curtains and blinds are really the filters for the outside world  (and indeed pollution)  coming into our homes.  As I said,  food for thought…….

As I said food for thought for now and not just for Christmas!

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