Most of the things in the home that create or sustain an allergic reaction are hidden in plain sight: particles from dust, mold, pollen, cockroach droppings, bacteria, and animal dander. Allergies can also be prompted by vapors from cleaning products, cooking oil, fireplaces, paint, and second-hand smoke.
While spring is the most productive season for a heavy dose of pollen, our temperate climate makes year-round allergies a reality for many. A home is where one hopes to have a respite from environmental allergies. However, the comforts of home might actually be worsening an allergy sufferer's problem as the result of the number of triggers present.
Thus, a person with allergies needs to be diligent in reducing the number of allergens in their home. Also, dust, mold, dander, and other particulates are brushed up into the air during the cleaning process, making the person suffer even more. Additionally, cleaning products themselves are commonly the culprits: even cleaning with non-toxic products can worsen an allergy condition because of their misting functions and perfumes.
There are so many locations in a house that can hide allergens. Sometimes the best thing an allergy sufferer can do is have their carpets, upholstery and other surfaces professionally cleaned. Here are a few of the more common allergens and the places they hide:
MOLD AND MILDEW
Detecting it early and preventing it is the key to removing mold and mildew in the bath. Although most people perceive mold as simply gross, mold can be a biohazard for acute allergies. The spores become airborne and can affect anyone in the vicinity, but the allergy sufferer fares the worst.
Pet dander doesn't only collect in places that the pets play and sleep, but it also accumulates all over the home because it floats and sticks to fabrics. Having upholstery and carpets cleaned stops fur and dander from building up, making vacuuming more effective.
DUST AND POLLEN
Dust collects on surfaces and can find its way into every niche, crack, or crevice of the house. 'Dust bunnies' frequently find themselves hiding in places like underneath the bed, under chairs, behind sofas, and other large furniture. Regular deep cleaning and periodic professional cleaning of carpets and rugs are so helpful in dealing with the causes of allergy-sufferers' symptoms.
Regular vacuuming with a unit that has a HEPA filter will stop dust from becoming airborne while cleaning. A carpet should also be occasionally shampooed; however, it should be done by a professional carpet cleaner for the best results, because the superior cleaning equipment a professional offers will remove the allergens entirely from the home without leaving a cleaning residue.
As earlier stated, pet dander sticks to fabrics. However, allergens can also typically collect in sheets, area rugs, and towels. These can all be washed and dried, but drying ought to be done in the dryer to stop more pollen and dust from collecting on them. Dryer sheets and scented soaps should not be used because they can also cause allergic reactions.
We hope this offers some helpful tips on dealing with allergens. If you're looking for a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning service to work in tandem with your home cleaning system, don't hesitate to give us a call!
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