Tips for Avoiding Allergens at Home

Tips for Avoiding Allergens at Home

Stone Bridge Mortgage Group_Tips for Avoiding Allergens at Home

Springtime brings a case of the sneezes and allergy irritations every year for many people. Reducing contact with things that trigger your allergies is the first step for controlling them. Even if you don’t personally suffer from allergies, cutting out allergens can still be a healthy choice. Studies have found that dust in your home can contain potentially harmful substances such as phthalates and flame retardants. So how can you avoid allergens in your home?

Control Your Air

It may be tempting to open the windows during spring to let that fresh air in – but is it really so fresh? Opening your windows allows allergens from outside to enter your home. Try cooling off with your A/C unit instead. This can also help lower the humidity and make it harder for mold and dust mites to grow.

Be sure to maintain your A/C, though. For window units, clean the filter regularly and watch out for little black dots around openings where the cool air comes out. This may indicate there’s mold inside and that it’s time for a new unit. For central A/C, go with a high-efficiency disposable filter and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how often to change it.

Try an Air Purifier

Portable air purifiers remove pollutants from the air, which is great for those with allergies. An air purifier can only work one room at a time, though. Be advised to stay away from “electrostatic precipitator” or “ionizer” purifiers, which can emit ozone and irritate your lungs.

Vacuum Regularly

Dust in your home can contain a number of nasty things – dust mites, mold, pollen, animal dander or fur, and even cockroach droppings. Vacuum weekly to get all the nasties out of your home. Those with allergies may want to consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Additionally, bagged vacuums release less allergens back into the air than bagless models when they need to be cleaned out.

Move to Showering at Night

By washing at night before bed, you rinse off the allergens that have attached themselves to you during the day and lower the risk of bringing those allergens into your bed.

Clean Your Bedding Correctly

Dust mites, microscopic creatures that feed on dead skin cells, can accumulate in the fabric of your bedding. This is especially troublesome if you’re allergic to them. Wash sheets and pillow cases regularly. Some washing machines have a built-in heater with a sanitation setting, but an extra wash may help remove more allergens. Consider buying “woven fabric” sheets with a fabric pore size of 6 micrometers or less. This means that a dust mite can’t penetrate the fabric.

Keeping your home clean and allergen free will both allow you to relax more and help you to maintain it better. You should take pride in your home and taking care of it is a huge part of home owning.

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Stay Spring Clean All Year with This Cleaning Schedule

Stay Spring Clean All Year with This Cleaning Schedule

Stone Bridge Mortgage Group_Stay Spring Clean All Year with This Cleaning Schedule_01One of the biggest things that comes with owning a home is needing to maintain it. Cleaning oftentimes gets put off for longer than it should, which is what leads to the urge to do a deeper spring cleaning each year. However, with a schedule that you regularly stick to, cleaning becomes easier. Letting work pile up always makes it more stressful. Save yourself energy and stress by getting into the habit of daily, weekly, and monthly cleanings.

Things to clean every day

Smaller chores can be done daily, and keep your home looking neat and tidy. Every day, you should:

• Make the bed(s).
• Pick up clothes; throw dirty items in the laundry.
• Clean the bathroom sink and shower after each use.
• Straighten up newspapers, magazines, and other papers.
• Load dishes into the dishwasher after each meal or wash and dry them by hand.
• Clean the sink and wipe the cooking surfaces after each use (including the microwave).
• Wipe down dirty counter tops.
• Empty the garbage in the kitchen.

Things to clean every week

Some more intensive task can wait until once a week. Do these chores less than weekly, and your home can quickly become messy and unkempt.

• Dust furniture, shelves, radiators or air registers, woodwork, pictures, and mirrors.
• Vacuum rugs and floors.
• Vacuum or brush upholstered furniture.
• Empty the wastebaskets around the house.
• Wash bathroom basins, fixtures, and floors.
• Sweep or mop the kitchen floor.
• Clean range or cook top burners.
• Wipe the refrigerator and the front of kitchen cabinets.
• Do laundry.

Things to clean every month

Chores than can wait monthly involve cleaning bigger appliances and furniture to keep everything feeling fresh.

• Vacuum or brush curtains and draperies.
• Clean under and around furniture and appliances.
• Wipe woodwork, windowsills, and walls where needed.
• Dust or brush lampshades and blinds.
• Polish hardwood floors and furniture, if needed.
• Vacuum books and bookshelves.
• Organize or store books, photos, and other loose paraphernalia.
• Vacuum upholstered furniture, cleaning under cushions and in crevices.
• Clean the oven, as needed.
• During the appropriate season, clean the filters on your room air conditioner, dehumidifier, or air purifier.

A home is a big investment in more ways than just the financial cost. Owning a home requires you to put your time and energy into taking care of it. When you do, though, it benefits your greatly. Doing these chores on time every time will allow you to take pride in your home.

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For a professional assistance with mortgages and related services, look no further than Stonebridge Mortgage Group. You can rely on Stonebridge Mortgage Group to help guide you through the home buying process. We help get you pre-approved for a mortgage and help with your real estate loans and other mortgage solutions, both residential and commercial. Stonebridge Mortgage Group serves the greater Portland area and are in Gresham, Oregon. Don’t wait to get quality assistance with buying your home!

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A Spring Cleaning Guide

A Spring Cleaning Guide

Stone Bridge Mortgage Group_A Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring is a time of new beginnings. New life blooms everywhere; the sun shines with the promise of warmer days to come. It’s no surprise that when spring comes everyone is ready for a fresh start. Committing yourself to giving your home a good spring cleaning can be quite the undertaking, but the results are satisfying. To get your home looking beautiful inside and out, follow these simple steps!

INSIDE

Start with the inside and work your way out. Over the winter, plenty of things will have piled up that need putting away. Cleaning and de-cluttering your home will leave your home feeling like a breath of fresh air every time you walk inside.

First, go through your closets. Discard or donate unwanted clothes and clean winter coats. With you plan to keep cleaned, pack away winter clothes (or have them stored at a dry cleaner).

Next, take care of your bedroom. Rotate mattresses and wash mattress pads and blankets. Hang blankets on a clothesline to air out before putting them away. Wash curtains and draperies or have them dry-cleaned.

In the kitchen, clean the oven if necessary. Dust the coils behind or underneath the refrigerator.

Make sure to clean blades of ceiling fans. Shampoo rugs and upholstery to rid them of dirt and dust accumulated over the past year. Clean or replace filters in room air conditioners; vacuum and reinstall units. Clean all of the bathrooms, including the mirrors.

OUTSIDE

Making the outside of your home look as refreshed as the inside will instill a new sense of pride in your home.

First, clean around the central air conditioner unit and have it serviced. You’ll want to ensure your AC is working for when the weather gets warmer. Open up your attic louvers.

Check on the state of your roof and the sidings. Secure any loose shingles or siding. Clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure the roof is free of any debris.

Remove storm windows you have and patch screens.

Lastly, Work on your home’s outward appearance. Touch up paint on the exterior of the house, and make sure the windows are washed.

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