Sneeze! Atchoo! Let’s talk about keeping pollen out of your home. As we transition into Spring and Summer in Park City, Utah and Heber City, Utah, that stuffy nose and those watery eyes might be telling us all that’s in bloom. It’s been a more wet May and June in Utah than we are used to – all those pollen generating plants are in bloom! As of today, the pollen count in our area is “moderate”, but is predicted as we increase into July’s warmer (and drier) temperatures.
Below is an article courtesy of forbes.com and Becky Harris
1. Keep the car in the garage. If you don’t have a garage, give it a quick rinse whenever you can. Every time you touch the car, shut the door or open the window, you’ll be spreading that pollen around in the car. Keep the windows shut. I stash sanitary wipes in my car so that after I touch a pollen-covered handle or window, I won’t spread it to my face.
2. Wipe your feet on the mat, then take off your shoes and other outerwear as soon as you enter the house. Leave them there. Have a designated spot in the entry to leave shoes out.
3. Decontaminate. If you’ve been doing yard work or you walked by one of those incredibly annoying leaf blowers making clouds of pollen and dirt while blowing one leaf from one part of the yard to the other, you’ll need to get the pollen off your body and your clothes. Otherwise you’ll spread pollen all over the house. Do not sit down; you need to strip. Go to the laundry room and put what you can right into the washer or hamper.
6. Empty the vacuum outdoors. If you have a bagless vacuum like this Dyson, you should not empty it inside the house. Take it outside to dump its contents into a bag that will go straight into your rubbish barrel.
7. Keep the windows and doors closed. I know, this is the time of year when I’m really excited to let the fresh air in, but unfortunately, this lets the pollen in. Keep windows shut and turn on the A/C if need be. Be sure to change your HVAC filters; HEPA filters can help trap more pollen. Note: HEPA filters should be changed monthly. You and your sinuses will find the extra expense well worth it.
8. Be vigilant about dusting. Be vigilant about dusting everything twice as often as you usually would, and don’t ignore those hard-to-reach places like the ceiling fan blades. Buying an extender for your duster is well worth the cost.
9. Keep porches clean or put off using them a lot until the season is over. I go through a lot of Swiffer dusters during the spring, because in spite of the pollen, I love to enjoy my screened-in porch. I also keep an old bedsheet over my outdoor sectional cushions and take it off when I have guests over. Once the green stuff is gone for the season, I take the cushions to be professionally cleaned (mine didn’t come with slipcovers). Then I have the whole porch power washed to get that pollen out of the screens, posts and flooring.
10. Don’t let the pollen get you down; it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. The pollen does have a nice trade-off; sealed up in my yellowish-green car today, I couldn’t help but smile at the white dogwood blooms hovering over the street, with the stunning redbud trees providing a brilliant raspberry-pink contrast. Then I sneezed.