Are your indoor dust allergies are acting up even though you've been doing a good job of dusting and vacuuming to keep your home clean? Chances are, there's some dust and dirt lingering in a hidden space you've been forgetting to address. Here's a look at four common hiding places for dust that allergy sufferers often forget to clean.
Under the bed.
When was the last time you moved your bed and vacuumed underneath it? There's probably quite a bit of dust accumulated underneath it, and since you sleep right on top of it, the dust is in the perfect location to cause your allergies to act up. Pull your bed out, and vacuum underneath and behind it. Try taking your box spring off the bed frame and vacuuming the bottom of it, too.
Drapes can get pretty dusty before they show it. When you open a window, the breeze may blow the dust off of the drapes and into your face. Remove your drapes and give them a good laundering, and then remember to wash them every couple of weeks going forward.
Under dressers, bookshelves, and the like.
You might think that any dust or dirt under furniture like this would be trapped and thus would not make your allergies act up. However, if you have forced air heating and cooling, the circulating air may lift up some of the dust that's hiding under these pieces. Have a strong friend help you shuffle them to the side so you can vacuum underneath and behind them.
On top of mounted pictures.
When was the last time you stood on a stool and looked at the tops of those picture frames mounted on the wall? Most people would answer "never." The tops of mounted pictures can get pretty dusty, and when you open your windows or turn on a fan, the breeze can carry that dust down to your face. Take a rag that has been moistened with a general cleaning solution, and wipe off the tops of those pictures. Wipe down the entire frame while you're at it -- the glass is likely dusty, too.
If you hire a cleaning service to clean your house, make sure you point out to them that you've been having allergy symptoms and you think there is some lingering dust somewhere. You can even point out the four areas listed above and ask that they clean them extra carefully.
For professional cleaning services, contact a company such as JR Cleaning Services.