There are some items that can come into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. These things can include cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worse of these would be old stuff, things that have been around a while, gathering allergens.
Old ‘Normal’ Stuff
We’ve all been to a library and smelled the odor of old books. OK, maybe not all of us, but those that remember books and libraries can relate. These old books and documents can be allergen triggers. Be sure to consider this before checking them out and taking them into your home.
Sure, the holidays are a time when you use ornaments and stuff, and this is just a few times a year… but where do you store them? Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, before putting them into the attic. Or bringing them back into your home.
Ick. This is a tough one, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s OK to pass on mattresses from one generation to another (what is family for?), but what are you getting when you inherit an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And don’t be tempted by that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale. You just don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that every mattress has dust mites?
Old Rugs and Carpets
Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by before bringing them into your home. These are items that can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.
Don’t be afraid to throw old stuff out! Remember, it’s your home and your family’s health. Protect it! Make sure that what you bring into your home is safe and sound — and safe for any allergy or asthma issues you or your family may have.
If something is causing you or a sensitive family member a problem related to allergies, and you can’t identify it yourself, call Dragon Restoration at
(937) 371-3416. We’ve been “sniffing out” mold and mildew problems in homes and businesses and we have more than 36 years of experience. We can help you too!