When my son was told that he has asthma, I knew that I would need to make some changes around the house for his sake. I promised him that I would read more about what I would need to do to make sure the air in our house is more hospitable for the sake of his health. Neither his father or I have any breathing troubles, so this was all very new to me. But I was up to the challenge to help keep him feeling better and learning as much as possible so that I could teach my son what he would need to do in life to make breathing easier, too.
I have to fess up to the fact that I do not dust as often as I should. I do vacuum at least once per week, but what good is that if you do not dust well? Dusting is not hard to do, but I am just lazy about it. I have a lot of knickknacks, so my first step was to go through and get rid of things that I do not need. Doing so would mean less places for dust to settle on and it would mean less cleaning. I am also guilty of doing more sweeping than vacuuming on our carpeting, so that was yet another step I needed to take a close look at.
Everything that I read about carpeting states that you need to keep it as clean as possible to make it last longer. I always though the opposite was true, but it was good to finally know the truth. Separately, getting it professionally cleaned is important for making it last many more years. I had not had them cleaned by professionals in many years, so I did that right away. My husband and son both said they could tell the difference in the way our home smelled afterward. The air seemed more clean.