To keep our living room free of allergens, we have leather couches, blinds without curtains, no throw pillows and wood floors without area rugs. We would love to add a beautiful Dyson Pure Cool air cleaner!
We manage our indoor air quality through ensuring the home we just purchased has less than 10% carpet/fiber floor covering, removing all scented products (from fabric softener to candles and air fresheners), by using Norwex cloths vs dusting sprays, several Himalayan salt lamps placed throughout the house, a personal air purifying system in our son's bedroom with the door remaining closed, using Asthma & Allergy Foundation rated vacuum, removing all shoes prior to entering the main...
Thankfully, I find keeping the living room allergen free is a bit more simple than other rooms in the home. Our living room is covered with hardwood, which is easy to vacuum, Swiffer and mop with a steamer. I've used the Unscented Bona Hardwood Cleaner to work well on any spills - and find that effective. I purchased faux wood blinds, rather than fabric curtains to cover the window, which eliminates a dust trap. Our couch is velvet (not completely ideal for allergens), although I vacuum it...
I have Alpha- 1 disease , asthma and allergies and a non working fan in the kitchen of my home, i do what i can to keep allergens out, no shoes, vacume and dust a lot, no air freshners .... ive learned the hard way to be carefull when cooking things that may smoke or induce strong fumes ( anything with vinegar) they can cause a asthma attack, there are so many allergens all around, it can be difficult to stay on top of them.
We live in a co-op building that requires rugs or carpet over 80% of the space, so I can't use washable area rugs or have exposed hard floors. I don't allow smoking in our home, but we get cigarette and other smoke smells in our apartment anyway from the neighbors. And who has time to dust and vacuum DAILY? I do have curtains - I change them seasonally and at that point they get washed. And I don't use scented products or candles.
We live in a house built in 1924. We can't open our windows because the weights in the windows are gone and the windows drop without warning. In addition, the previous owners had large dogs and we can't get our ducts cleaned because the duct work has encased asbestos tape and the HVAC people won't cut through it. So we can't clean the dog hair out of the vents.
For my living room, I have beautiful wood floors. I sweep the wood floor and I vacuum the couches to perk them up and clean up dust, hair and debris/crumbs from them. I don't have a lot of items in the living room so less clutter to hold dust! I have a microfiber broom and duster that I use to clean the living room with too that I love, they really work great! I use a HEPA filter in my furnace too for better air too.
We try our best but I have to say, that allergies and asthma get in our way. When our 6 year son has asthma episodes, our only option is to retreat to our friendly abode. He's not to run, and it is hard to make it fun. Asthma is hard for everyone. His room is set, he has an air filter there, but thats not enough to clean the entire house's air. If we were to win the "Dyson Pure cool", maybe our son would have less asthma and miss less school. ☺
Hardwood Floors, leather furniture, Hepa seal tight vacuum for area rug and hard wood floors. Put throw pillows in dryer weekly. Been sick with bronchitis going on 2 weeks due to COPD and allergies. Could really use an air filter for living room area!
I vacuum regularly with an allergen vacuum. Have a family member dust as often as I can get them too. Now reading this I will start to find more hypo pillows or covers for them, I love my pillows. I also don't allow my pets on the furniture, they have their own beds with removable covers for easy washing. I work from home so I am always home and could use the relief from a filter.
I got allergy pillows for my son and I - they are horrible. They don't have enough "give" when you lie on them and they force our necks (especially my son, since he's a young child still) at awkward angles. I prefer allergen covers on regular pillows.
I have environmental allergies. We have hardwood floors which is nice. Linoleum floors in our kitchen. I Dust & vacuum every week and wash the bedding in our bedroom in warm water. I also wash our curtains at least once a month. When I clean I wear a mask and gloves. I keep a few plants in there as well to help purify the air. I have hypoallergenic pillows and Claritin allergy pillow cases. We have no carpet in the house. Only have a throw rug which I clean weekly.
We tried everything to manage my sons' allergies and asthma: wash stuffed animals, bedding, and curtains regularly; pillow case and mattress covers; vacuum w/a hepa filter; air purifier in their room; use a HEPA air filter in the furnace, etc.. We saw the biggest difference when we finally removed all the carpets and area rugs in the house and switched to hardwood floors and easy to dust window treatments. It was a huge project and we needed to move out for awhile but totally worth it! My...
I had terrible allergies as a child, and through immunotherapy thought I had kicked it! A few years ago i discovered that wasn't the case. I had minor symptoms when we only had 2 dogs, but nothing major. When we added two more pups to our family all of that changed and I started getting constant sinus/ear infections. Through visits to my family doc and ENT we determined I was still highly allergic to dogs and many other environmental allergens. I take 2 pills and 2 sprays to keep it in check...
Im highly allergic to dust mites. so I have to vacuum the floor and couches, wipe down dusty surfaces all the time. though that just seems to just put a dent in them. it sucks I don't think you can ever get them all. I heard I should put the couch cushions outside when its freezing to kill them. ill have to try that this winter.
5 Kids, a hypoallergenic dog, and myself ALL suffer year round allergies, and a few of us have asthma. We have gone through the tips to make our house "allergy friendly" and clean/vacuum regularly. Yet, we still suffer. About to start immunotherapy for us all. It seems like an endless battle.
I enjoy cleaning my vents because I know it had a major impact on my families life. Dust, mold, mildew, dust mites, and etc build up in the vents and over time affects us dramatically. I use allergy friendly vent filters to purify the air. I vacuum regularly and replaced my floors with tile. I always recommend dehumidifiers for anyone suffering from allergies, Asthma, or sinus issues. Washing sheets in hot water and maintaining a healthy living environment is the key to an overall well being.
I have been "baby-proofing" my home now that we have a baby boy, and are now considering these tips as "lung-proofing" our home as well. It's amazing all the health hazards that we get used to and even introduce to our homes when we are decorating or lapse in our cleaning practices. When I look at it from the perspective of a baby to protect or clean lungs to keep healthy, it's adds a new layer of motivation.
The living room is a tough place because it is high-traffic. I shop on the Asthma and Allergy friendly certified website to find products that are certified to help I was just looking at humidifiers the other day. I have 1 humidifier in my living room, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and have discarded fluffy dust catching items such as throw pillows, blankets etc and launder any blankets we do use a couple times a month. My daughter has a toy basket, and we replaced the wicker with a...
Thank you to everyone for sharing their tips to improve the indoor air quality in their living room! We'd like to congratulate NadyaL as the winner of one of the certified asthma & allergy friendly® Dyson Pure Cool™ Link air cleaners.
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