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How To Stop Pollen In Your Home

Due to the time of year, pollen can become a real pain if you suffer from allergies or seasonal hayfever. Meaning that you might want to take precautions on how to stop pollen in your property.

Why Know How To Stop Pollen In Your Home?

If you are not yet feeling the effects of pollen, then you are incredibly fortunate, hayfever is one of the most common allergies, and it affects roughly 13 million people in the UK every year.

Pollen and dust cause the inflammation of the mucous membranes which is what causes your nose to run and eyes to become red and itchy. Although not painful or life threatening it can be really irritating, especially when you are out for the day and simply cannot stop sneezing. It’s a lot easier than you think for pollen to find it’s way into your home, during the summer and spring months pollen is in the air and all around us. Although it’s impossible for you to completely stop pollen in your home, there are plenty of precautions you can take to ensure that pollen isn’t present in your property. So to keep your hayfever symptoms to a minimum, keep reading!

Prevent Your Indoor-Outdoor Pets Bringing Pollen Inside

Dogs and cats continuously need exercise outdoors, especially during the hot weather. Housepets are energetic and will spend the entire summer frolicking around in the grass or swimming if given half the chance. Which is fantastic, apart from the fact that their fur is the perfect material to collect pollen from the garden.

Although there is a solution to this, after your pets have been in the garden it makes the perfect opportunity for a grooming session. Brush down your pet to remove as much pollen as possible from their fur. Follow on by washing and shampooing them, we recommend using a product such as Allergy Cosmos Pet+ Shampoo which neutralises allergy triggers such as pollen.

Finish by letting your pet dry themselves or blow drying them, be sure to wash their paws thoroughly as this is usually the most collective place for pollen. Afterwards, clean up the area by wiping it down and hoovering everything, this stops any pollen from your pet being left over in the house.

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Keep Windows And Doors Shut When Possible

If you love the outdoors but don’t want the pollen irritating your allergies inside your home, then it’s best to keep open windows and doors to a minimal. Simply because pollen travels in the air, when your windows and doors are open it’s more than easy for loose pollen particles to find their way into your property.

If you can’t deal with the heat in your home without the windows being open then purchase plug-in air conditioning units, or alternatively have air conditioning units fitted by a professional electrician. These can be extremely handy in the summer months when you don’t want all of the windows open but need an extra burst of air; you can also control how much electricity you use by altering the speed and temperature of your air con system.

Wipe Your Feet On The Door Mat And Take Shoes Off Straight Away

You might fancy an afternoon stroll in the sun. However, when walking across the grass, it can be easy enough for pollen particles to collect in the grips of your shoes. This also applies for any outerwear or jackets you might be wearing as pollen is present in the air.

When arriving home, we recommend you removing any outerwear jackets and putting them straight in the wash to reduce the chance of spreading pollen around your home. As well as this, take your shoes off by the front door and leave them there, walking around your property in the shoes you’ve just worn have the potential to spread pollen around the other rooms of your home.

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Wash The Pollen Away

Just like your pets, the hair on your head is the ideal magnet for pollen particles. All of the running around and walking you’ve done in the sun throughout the day probably means that you’ve collected some pollen in your hair.

If you go to sleep or lay down anywhere in your home, then it’s likely you’re going to get pollen on your furniture. Meaning that when you get into bed, the pollen on your pillows and duvet is going to irritate your allergies until you wash them. If you’re worried about pollen particles collecting in your hair, then wear your hair up, or alternatively buy a cap or bandana that can help limit the amount of pollen.

Get An Air Purifier

Air purifiers can help reduce things like pollen, dust, bad fumes, pollution, mould spores and pet dander. Meaning they can be great for peoples that live in residential areas known for high pollution rate such as London. Not sure how bad your area is? Check here!

You can get plug-in air purifiers that take all of the bad stuff that can trigger your allergies out of the air; it also makes the air cleaner and easier to breathe in. We highly recommend air purifiers to those with seasonal hayfever, as well as those who suffer from asthma.

air purifier in home

Empty Your Hoover Outside

After hoovering your house during spring or summer cleaning, you should always empty the bag outside. Even during the winter and autumn months, dust is still around and can cause problems with your airways when exposed in large quantities. By emptying your hoover bag outside you can ensure that the contents go straight into the bin and that no loose particles find their way into your home.

Keep Your Home Allergen Free

So although it may be impossible to completely irradicate pollen from your home, by taking a few extra precautions you can minimise the amount you are exposed to. Home extensions Milton Keynes can be more susceptible to pollen exposure due to open back doors and windows.

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