Maintenance Monday: Allergy-Proof your Apartment for Spring

This week’s Maintenance Monday tip brought to you by DIY Network.

5 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home For Spring

Step 1: Clean the Air

Making your home inhospitable for allergens sounds like a daunting task. In a particulate sense, it’s going to be you against millions of mold spores, dust mites and pollen. Fortunately, though, you’re smarter than these minute microbes, and following these tips can help you keep allergies at bay.

A well-ventilated house and nonleaking ductwork is a first line of defense against bringing allergens into your living space.

Maintain the humidity level in the house at about 50 percent. Mold likes moisture, and dust and pollen are easily stirred in dry air.

Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest: in the early morning hours, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and in windy conditions.

Pollen and mold spores settle on clothing, so when you come in from outdoors, remove your outer garments in the mud room, and take a shower.

Step 2: Remove Clutter

Clean up clutter. The less stuff in your house, the fewer places for allergens to hang out. And, just as important, the easier it will be to clean thoroughly once a week.

Get rid of old rags, newspapers, clothes, other porous items.

Limit knickknacks, magazines, and other dust catchers that you don’t use or enjoy.

Focus on bedrooms especially, because you and allergens both spend more time there.

allergy bed green wall

Step 3: Clean the Cleaning Room

Your bathroom is for mold what your bedroom is for dust mites — heaven at home.

Inspect water pipes for leaks and fix.

Regularly clean walls with a nontoxic cleaner.

Make sure that ventilation fans are routed to the outside, and run them for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.

Scrub away mold on pipes and fixtures.

Step 4: Reduce Dust Generators

Fabrics and carpeting generate help create dust by the breaking down of fibers. Consider pitching curtains, high-pile carpeting and upholstered furniture in the bedroom: all cozy accommodations for allergens.

Best bet: washable throw rugs over wood, linoleum, or tiled floors.

Damp mop regularly, and clean walls and other surfaces.

If you must have carpeting, make it short, tight pile and vacuum weekly with a cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.

allergy living room

Step 5: Smart Landscaping

Make smart selections for the landscape. The yellow, sticky pollen that bees carry from plant to plant rarely causes allergic reactions. It’s the fine, lightweight particles that are blown about by wind that trigger discomfort.

Avoid adding allergenic trees like maple (male), birch and ash (male) to the landscape. Instead, choose low-allergy trees like dogwood, double-flowered cherry and magnolia. Female ash and female maple trees are considered low-allergy, too, but buy from a reliable nursery source to be sure of the tree’s gender.

Low-allergy flowers include astilbe, impatiens, hosta, scabiosa, columbine and viola.

budget astilbe flowers

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The Bunny visits Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods Apartments

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What a great time everyone had at Chatham Gardens Spring Fling yesterday, especially the kids. They enjoyed the crafts and the snacks, but especially enjoyed hanging out with the Chatham Bunny and getting their picture taken with him. If you weren’t able to join us, then please look at all of our pictures here and be sure to attend our next event. Keep checking our facebook page and notices on your building for future events.

Chatham crafting

Chatham crafting

 

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A fun time was had by all at Burnam Woods Apartments yesterday for our Spring Event. The kids got their picture taken with the Burnam Bunny while their parents participated in our raffles and collected information from State Farm, Verizon and Comcast. Everyone enjoyed pizza, salad and lots of candy while talking with their neighbors. If you weren’t able to join us, then please look at all of our pictures here and be sure to attend our next event. Keep checking our facebook page and notices on your building for future events.

Stephanie won $50 gift card from State Farm

Stephanie won $50 gift card from State Farm

Residents of Old Orchard Apartments, remember to stop by the leasing office and guess how many jelly beans are in the jar for your chance to win a $50. gift card.

Celebrate Spring with Century Corp

Burnam Woods Apartments

Burnam Woods Apartments

Spring is finally upon us! Sunshine, warm temperatures, baseball, flowers and bunnies. Next week Century Corp will be celebrating Spring with its residents at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments. On Wednesday March 27th from 5 to 7 pm, residents of Burnam Woods Apartments can get their picture taken with the Burnam Woods Bunny in the leasing office and then enjoy free food, free crafts, free give-a-ways, face painting and games. The follow evening Thursday March 28th from 5 to 7 pm residents of Chatham Gardens Apartments can get their picture taken with the Chatham Bunny in the leasing office and then enjoy snacks and drinks while decorating bunny eggs. On March 25th through April 8th, there will be a Jelly Bean Contest at Old Orchard Apartments. Residents can hop into the leasing office and guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. The resident who is closest without going over will win a $50 gift card. Make sure you’re confident with your guess because you can only enter one time. Good luck!

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments