Slide 1: Get Rid of Rugs and Carpeting

Shag rug

Zillow Digs home in Larchmont, NY

Floor coverings are major dust producers and dust magnets—and the fuzzier they are, the more dirt they harbor. If you simply love a cushy carpet underfoot, consider swapping shag rugs for flat-weaves, and vacuum often to prevent buildup. But keep in mind that vacuuming isn't always enough: To ensure a truly allergen-free floor, regularly take your rugs outside and give them a good shake to rid them of unwanted clouds of dust.

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