Within the next few days, you’ll be headed into the attic to bring down all of the holiday decorations for the coming month. When you make your journey into the attic, take the time to give it a quick inspection. If you and your family are easily affected by asthma or allergies, it will most likely need a good cleaning.
It will come to no surprise to find that your attic is filled with dust — and a lot of it. These dust particles are made up of dust mites, dirt, dead skin, pollen, insect parts, and a mix of dander from pets and vermin. Too much of this dust will not only lower your home’s indoor air quality, but it can also trigger allergic reactions.
When you make the decision to clean your attic of dust, make sure you wear a face mask that has been approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Begin by dusting the attic from top to bottom, including rafters, eaves, walls, light fixtures, fans, doors, etc. Make sure you use an electrostatically charged cloth when dusting, as dust will cling to this material better. Afterward, vacuum the entire attic using a HEPA filter inside of your vacuum cleaner.
Having an attic filled with dust is bad, but having one filled with mold is even worse! Roof leaks, poor insulation, and spotty caulking can lead to increased moisture problems within the attic. Since it only takes 48 hours for mold to begin growing, any mold that is currently present in your attic has most likely been there for a while (unless you take weekly trips into your attic). When mold is found, contact a professional to remove and treat the mold problem immediately.
An attic should be used as additional living or storage space for you and your belongings, not for dust and mold. When you need your attic professionally cleaned of dust and mold, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.