There are many people who deal with allergies. Did you know that it is not only the outdoors that trigger allergy symptoms? The average home in the U.S. can contain twice the level of pollution that is found outdoors. We hope this blog post illuminates things you can do in your home to better control your allergies.
Your Upholstery & Carpets
While we sit on our couches and chairs on a daily basis, how often do we think about cleaning them? When they go extended lengths of time without getting a professional cleaning, the dirt and dust particles settle on these surfaces and get pushed deeper into the fibers.
Simple Solution: Think about getting a fabric protectant for your furniture. This will help prevent stains from attaching and settling deep into the fibers of your upholstery. Additionally, make sure you are vacuuming on a regular basis and using a professional cleaning company once a year (or 2-3 times if you have pets and children). Here at Van’s Chem-Dry, we use a proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction process that is both green and effective. Our Home Health Study found that we remove an average of 98 percent of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery. When we combine that with our sanitizer, we remove 89 percent of airborne bacteria.
Your Blinds & Ceiling Fans
Since your blinds are next to your windows, they quickly collect dust and other dirt particles – as do ceiling fans. When you turn your ceiling fans on, the accumulated dust and dirt then gets re-distributed around the house.
Simple Solution: We recommend developing a weekly habit of washing your blinds and wiping off your ceiling fan blades. If you want even less maintenance, you may consider replacing your blinds altogether with window shades.
Your Hardwood Floors & Area Rugs
Some people like to assume that bare floors are cleaner than carpet. Sometimes however, this is actually not the case. Similar to ceiling fans, unhealthy particles settle on hard surfaces, only to get stirred back into the air and re-distributed throughout the house when there is movement and activity in the room.
Simple Solution: Consider getting an area rug or add doormats in your home. Area Rugs act like big filters, trapping dirt and dust particles in their fibers and keeping them in place until the next time you vacuum. Wool and nylon area rugs are best in-terms of withstanding foot traffic. Make sure you get your rugs professionally cleaned in order to remain effective at trapping particulates as they settle from the air.
Your Tile, Grout & Stone
As you probably have noticed, over time your tile, grout and stone has accumulated soil buildup. Especially in your bathroom, moisture can act as a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Since grout is porous, it is also a prime area for fungus, bacteria, and even mold.
Simple Solution: Improve the look and health of your tile, grout, and stone with a sealant. It is generally recommended that you reseal the rooms with the most activity about once a year. Other rooms, such as the guest bathroom, can be resealed every 4-5 years or as necessary. Chem-Dry utilizes specialized cleaning solutions and suction equipment to effectively clean your tile, grout, and stone. We can restore its original look and improve the overall health of your home.
Your Heating & Air Conditioning Filters
The various filters throughout your home are designed to remove particulates such as pollen, dust, and bacteria from the air.
Simple Solution: It is important to follow the directions on your individual filters and replace them accordingly. This can be especially important after the winter months.