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Flowers and trees are in bloom, and so are the allergens!  While this beautiful season brings renewal, flowers, warmer temps and time outside, it also is when allergies attack full force. While pollen is a common culprit outdoors, our indoor environments can be even more polluted. Common allergens linger and hide in areas that are commonly overlooked. So many people focus on surface level clean, yet they miss  these other areas that harbor allergen culprits.  Which is why at Maid For You, we address many hidden spaces where common allergens lurk. So keep reading and we’ll show you the top five allergens in a home and the often neglected areas that require attention during spring cleaning.

PS, if you haven’t had a spring deep clean, we can help you with that! Just call us at 215-370-7993.


The Top 5 Home Allergens

Dust Mites:

  • Dust mites are microscopic creatures that thrive in warm, humid environments. They feed on dead skin cells and can be found in bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets, and curtains. To combat dust mites, start by washing bedding, including down comforters and pillow in hot water. Curtains are regularly overlooked and can collect tons of dust. Depending on the material, wash these in hot water and line dry, dry clean or vacuum and  take outside to air out. 
  • For your bedding, invest in dust-proof covers for mattresses and pillows, and consider replacing carpeting with hardwood floors or washable rugs. Don’t forget to vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to trap allergens effectively. Be sure to change out those heater and AC air filters. A minimum change is every three months but once a month is recommended for allergy sufferers.

Mold and Mildew:

  • Mold and mildew thrive in damp, poorly ventilated areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and attics. These fungi release spores into the air, triggering allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. To prevent mold growth, fix any leaks or water damage promptly, improve ventilation in high-humidity areas, and use exhaust fans while cooking or showering. Clean and disinfect bathroom surfaces regularly, including tile grout, shower curtains, and rubber seals around doors and windows. Consider using a dehumidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels in your home.


  • Pollen is a common allergen during spring and can find its way into your home through open windows, doors, and on clothing or pets. While it’s difficult to completely eliminate pollen indoors, there are steps you can take to minimize exposure. Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen count days, especially in the early morning and evening. Use a high-efficiency air purifier with a HEPA filter to capture pollen particles circulating in the air. Additionally, wash your pets regularly and wipe their fur with a damp cloth after outdoor activities to remove pollen. 
  • As the initial spring blooming passes, consider removing your screens and hosing them down, cleaning windows inside and out and cleaning window tracks.

Pet Dander:

  • Pet dander, tiny flecks of skin shed by animals, is a common allergen found in homes with pets. Even if you’re not allergic to animals, pet dander can trigger allergies in guests or family members who are sensitive. To reduce pet dander, bathe and groom your pets regularly, preferably outside the home. Vacuum carpets, furniture, and upholstery frequently using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Wash pet bedding and blankets weekly in hot water to remove dander and other allergens effectively.

Indoor Air Pollution:

  • Indoor air pollution can exacerbate allergies and respiratory problems, especially in homes with poor ventilation or high levels of indoor pollutants. Common sources of indoor air pollution include cigarette smoke, household cleaners, cooking fumes, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by furniture, carpets, and building materials. To improve indoor air quality, avoid smoking indoors, ensure adequate ventilation throughout your home and use natural cleaning products, we love Melaleuca’s products for their effectiveness while being safe for your home, pets and children. Consider adding houseplants known for their air-purifying properties, such as peace lilies or spider plants, to help filter out harmful toxins.


Now that we’ve covered the top five allergens in a home, let’s shift our focus to overlooked spaces that often accumulate allergens during spring cleaning:


Ceiling Fan Blades:

  • Ceiling fan blades are notorious for collecting dust and allergens, especially during the winter months when they’re not in use. Use a long-handled duster or microfiber cloth, you can purchase these ones through our affiliate link with Microfiber wholesale, to wipe down ceiling fan blades thoroughly. For stubborn dirt or grime, you may need to remove the blades and clean them individually with soap and water. Always start from the top and work your way down when cleaning. You’ll want to clean ceiling fan blades before doing other dusting and vacuuming.

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Light Fixtures and Lampshades:

  • Light fixtures and lampshades are often overlooked during regular cleaning routines but can harbor dust and allergens over time. Carefully remove lampshades and wipe them down with a damp cloth or vacuum attachment. Use a microfiber cloth to dust light fixtures and bulbs, being careful to turn off the power before cleaning.

Window Treatments:

  • Curtains, blinds, and drapes can trap dust, pollen, and pet dander, contributing to indoor allergens. Depending on the fabric, you can either vacuum them with a brush attachment or launder them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For blinds, use a damp cloth or blind cleaner to remove dust and grime from each slat.


Baseboards and Crown Molding:

  • Baseboards and crown molding are often neglected during routine cleaning but can accumulate dust and pet dander over time. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down baseboards and molding, paying attention to corners and crevices where allergens tend to collect. For stubborn dirt or stains, a mild cleaning solution such as Tough and Tender can be diluted in water can be used.


Underneath Furniture and Appliances:

  • Dust, pet hair, and other allergens can accumulate underneath furniture and appliances, especially in hard-to-reach areas. Move furniture and appliances away from the wall periodically to vacuum or sweep underneath them. Use a crevice tool or attachment to reach tight spaces and corners, ensuring thorough cleaning.


As you complete your spring cleaning, it’s not just about tidying up visible surfaces.  You also want to be addressing hidden allergens and overlooked spaces in your home. By tackling the top five allergens and paying attention to commonly neglected areas, you can create a healthier and more comfortable living environment for you and your family. So, roll up your sleeves, put on some gloves, and get ready to banish allergens from your home this spring!


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