“If you suffer from allergies and asthma, vacuuming does more than make your home look better,” writes respiratory therapist Shane McGlaun at housekeepingchannel.com. “It can be as important as taking medications to control your condition. Vacuuming is an essential part of limiting exposure to asthma and allergy triggers, such as pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other allergens.”
McGlaun says that allergy sufferers should look for HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners so that allergens are not returned to the air through the vacuum’s exhaust. If your vacuum does not have a HEPA filters, then you’re simply moving allergens around rather than capturing them. This could actually make your allergies worse!
Allergy sufferers should be very deliberate about vacuuming. You should vacuum regularly, at least once a week, to prevent the accumulation of allergens. You should also vacuum slowly and go over the same spot more than once. The slower you vacuum, the more allergens you eliminate.
Don’t forget to vacuum hard floors, as well as upholstered furniture, drapes, curtains, and mattresses. Vacuuming your mattress will help get rid of some dust mites, but for full protection from these critters, place dust mite covers on your bed.
“It is up to individuals to take control of their health,” stresses McGlaun. “Many asthmatics find that by cleaning thoroughly they can actually reduce their dependence on rescue medications. By vacuuming you can help control asthma and allergies, rather than let them control you.”