Making sure you have good indoor air quality is really important for asthma management as lots of things can trigger asthma attacks, including perfumes, aerosol sprays and cleaning products.

It’s also important to see your doctor or another professional about what exactly triggers these attacks so you can stop using that specific product. Some products are more harmful than others and sometimes even the foods you eat can be responsible for these kinds of asthmatic reactions – there are a lot of things to think about other than air quality.

To make sure you have good air quality in your home, you should:


  • Have a no smoking inside rule. This is really important for obvious reasons, but also make sure your doors and windows are closed when someone is smoking outside as second hand smoke isn’t always noticeable but there are a lot of chemicals you could ingest without knowing it.


  • Avoid scented products. Unscented laundry detergent, cleaning products and candles are better than scented for asthma sufferers.


  • Use air conditioning. Make sure you clean the filters regularly and try not to open the windows too often as pollen counts are always a danger to asthma sufferers.


  • One other important thing you can do is clean your carpets and rugs regularly. The reason you need to do this is because carpets and rugs collect dust and fibres that can irritate the respiratory system. A lot of allergic reactions occur because of these tiny airborne particles.


How to Keep your Rugs and Carpets Clean

Rugs can usually be cleaned in the same way as carpets if they’re large. If they’re fairly small, it’s easier just to take them outside and give them a good shake or hit them with a brush. When doing so, you might be surprised at all the dust that comes off and forms big puffy clouds around your mat!

If you have a larger rug or wall-to-wall carpet, vacuuming is a start. Make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner with a lot of suction power otherwise it’s almost a pointless exercise. Make sure you do this at least twice a week. Another option is hiring a steam cleaner or professional carpet cleaner to steam clean your floors, once every couple of months.

Make sure you attend to stains and spills right away, as they can attract more dirt, small bugs and more dust – as well as make for unwelcome pests, stains and generally go against what you’re trying to do by keeping the air in your home healthy and fresh.

It’s important to clean your rugs and carpets at least once a week, even if it’s only a simple vacuum of the floors. Dirt and grime can pile up in just a few hours and no one wants to live in a dusty house where the particles irritate the eyes and nose of its residents.

Asthma can be triggered by a lot of things, and keeping the air in your home clean and cool is the main way you can prevent asthma attacks.