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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - August 8, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE G5 winnipegfreepress. com HOMES WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015 G 5 Winnipeg’s Fastest Growing Neighbourhoods bridgwaterneighbourhoods. com Experience the difference of truly meaningful design guidelines. Bridgwater’s design guidelines mean MORE attention to detail as each home design is carefully considered; MORE memorable streetscapes as Bridgwater’s streets showcase your home instead of your garage; and a MORE distinctive community than any new neighbourhood in Winnipeg. Bridgwater. More from life. Design Value More D UST mites are one of the leading allergens in the home. They can cause sneezing, stuffy nose, coughing and other allergic reactions. Unfortunately, they are impossible to get rid of completely, but there are choices you can make when decorating to reduce their effect on those who are sensitive to these and other allergens. Upholstery and other textiles are a breeding ground for dust mites. They love to hang out in upholstered furniture, draperies, carpeting and even bedding. By making a conscious choice to avoid or reduce these items in the home you can reduce the dust and the number of dust mites. If you find you start sneezing when you sit down on a particular piece of upholstered furniture then it’s time to make a change to a healthier environment. If you can, choose leather furniture that can be wiped down on a regular basis. Upholstered furniture houses dust and mites but can be steam cleaned regularly. Furniture slipcovers can be another good option because they can be laundered regularly, which will keep the mites away. Carpeting is a big allergen concern, so if you can switch out your flooring to a hard surface flooring such as laminate, tile or hardwood you’ll be illuminating a large percentage of dust mites in the home. Even if it’s just in the bedroom it can make a huge impact on your family’s well- being. Area rugs are also breeding grounds for dust mites so choose ones that can be washed or wiped down ( like bamboo mats). Fabric window coverings are another allergen issue. Opt for blinds that can be wiped down regularly rather than draperies requiring dry cleaning — they typically don’t get cleaned often enough to stave off dust and mites. You might be able to forgo curtains and blinds altogether and let the sun shine in. ( Just look at how lovely the windows in our feature photograph look without window dressing.) Even something as simple as choosing a lampshade you can wipe down rather than a fabric shade can help. Lots of items and books on a tabletop ( like your night stand) creates a great place for dust to accumulate. Keep counter and tabletops clear of clutter so you can keep the dust at bay. Choose a bedside table with storage so you have a place to house your books, tissues and other necessary items in a reduced dust environment. Store children’s plush toys in a chest when not in use to keep them from collecting dust. A pretty toy chest can be a nice addition to a child’s bedroom. Make a washable seat cushion for the top of the chest to use for additional seating. Store books in an enclosed cabinet because they tend to collect dust and mildew quite easily. You will have to rotate your books regularly if they are kept in a cabinet so they do not start to mildew. Your best bet is to use books in the library and keep your home free from stacks of dusty books. Many items cause allergic irritation. Live plants, especially flowering plants, may be best kept away from the bedside so you’re not breathing pollen or heavy floral scents while you sleep. A lot of plants in a bathroom can promote mould growth so keep your bathroom free of live plants. Silk plants can gather dust very quickly so be wary of this if choosing silk over live plants. Items stored in a basement tend to grow mold and mildew so try to keep your storage above grade or store items in airtight containers when feasible. Even paint companies are jumping on the environmentally friendly paint bandwagon. Benjamin Moore Paint recently announced its Natura brand has been certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma Society of Canada. This certification comes on the heels of Natura winning several awards and ultimately becoming the 2015 product of the year in the interior paint category. Even if you don’t suffer from indoor allergies it’s a good idea to keep dust at bay as much as possible. Choosing wisely when buying decor items and keeping the clutter to a minimum will help you in your journey for cleaner, fresher, indoor air. Connieoliver2015@ gmail. com ROOM FOR CHANGE CONNIE OLIVER Decorating choices can reduce allergies Forgo window treatments when possible and opt for floor covering rather than carpet to lower allergens. COURTESY OF BENJAMIN MOORE ‘ Upholstery and other textiles are a breeding ground for dust mites’ G_ 05_ Aug- 08- 15_ FH_ 01. indd G5 8/ 6/ 15 6: 29: 32 PM

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