Read this article if you live in Qatar
As summer hits, the heat may be only part of your worries. Dust and the flu are not unfamiliar when it comes to seasons changing in Qatar. It’s nothing to get too worked up over. With the proper measures, you can keep your home dust and allergen-free, and we’ve lined up a few.
1. Keep it spotless
Keep those windows clean. Large amounts of dust create a favorable environment for allergy-producing dust mites, and windows tend to attract dust. Clean your windows by damp dusting with a five percent bleach-to-water solution on a weekly basis, and you’ll clear the area of dust and mold-spores.
Spray the cleaning solution onto a clean rag and wipe down the entire window. Wiping windows with this method helps prevent the dust from becoming airborne and spreading.
2. Place air purifiers near windows
Buy an air purifier and place it close to whichever window is most susceptible to letting in dust. This will help trap airborne contaminants from outside before they get a chance to circulate in the room.
There are many types of air purifiers available, but for the best results, we recommend getting one that features HEPA filtration, as they are designed to trap at least 99.97% of all particles that are larger than 0.3 microns.
3. Try to keep window coverings dust-resistant
Avoid hanging heavy dry-clean-only drapes and small-slatted blinds, as they are dust magnets and can be difficult to clean. Instead, go for lightweight window treatments that are less likely to attract and hold dust and pollen, and are easy to clean.
Washable, synthetic curtains are your best bet. Cleanable roller shades and blinds or shutters with large slats that are easy to vacuum and wipe down.
Wash fabric window coverings monthly in hot water, which will help kill dust mites clinging to the fabric. Blinds, shutters, and shades should be cleaned weekly with a vacuum that features a HEPA filter, and also wiped down with a damp cloth containing five percent bleach-to-water solution.
4. Check your window caulking
Caulking around windows can wear away over time, and even small cracks can let in a surprisingly large amount of dust, pollen, and mold spores. Carefully inspect the caulking and look for any visible openings.
5. Know when to close them
Keep your windows closed during these times:
– Warm weather, especially when humidity is high, as mold and dust mites thrive in moist conditions.
– Rainy, damp weather, as this also tends to invite in mold spores.
– Early morning hours, because this is when weeds, trees, and grasses release pollen.
– Nighttime; conditions tend to be moist at night, especially toward the early
morning hours when dew appears.