20 May Top Allergy Boat Tips for Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Do you live on a houseboat or just spend a lot of time on board your boat and inside your cabin? If you do and you suffer from allergies, you should make sure your boat is allergen-proof this season. Despite the fact that your boat lives on the water, some allergens travel with us or get carried along in the wind. So believe us when we say that your nose and sinuses will thank you for it! While it may require some work, removing onboard irritants is an effective way to combat your allergy symptoms when you are out sailing the seas. Nobody wants their time on the water to be ruined by feeling miserable.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so in celebration, we are bringing you some helpful ways to manage your allergies. If you suffer from allergies, take the steps necessary to reduce the allergens in your boat by following these simple allergy boat tips.
1. Don’t walk into the cabin with your shoes on, as they can track in allergens. Instead, leave your shoes on the deck.
2. Wash all bedding, throws, and all other washable fabric every week in hot water. Do not let these articles dry outside in the sun, instead use a clothes dryer.
3. Cover pillows and mattresses with a special allergen-proof fabric cover.
4. Keep your cabin spotless and dust free. Wash all hard surfaces frequently, and if you have a carpet make sure you vacuum regularly. Just make sure your vacuum comes equipped with a HEPA filter.
5. While you may love the smell of the sea, make sure to keep your windows closed. Otherwise, if you leave the windows open, you are inviting pollen and other allergens to make themselves at home inside of your boat.
6. Do not keep potted plants in your boat’s cabin. Even if you are not allergic to that particular plant, the damp soil can feed mold spores and encourages mold growth.
7. If you have a pet that stays with you on board the boat, keep them out of your sleeping area.
8. If you own an older boat, be vigilant in your search of mildew, algae, and black mold. Look out for any leaks and fix them immediately.
9. Keep your boat free of clutter. Not only will it be easier to clean, but the less clutter means fewer places for allergens to collect and hang out.
10. If you have a cooling or heating system onboard, invest in a good HEPA filter for it and change it out often.