Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander, and cockroach droppings trigger allergies and asthma symptoms. Studies show that at least six allergens are found in more than half of American homes.
These allergens can be found on furniture, floors, and surfaces, carried by air to other areas of your home. While it’s impossible to make your home allergen-free, you can reduce your exposure to allergens with regular cleaning.
Here are some tips on how to reduce indoor allergens:
1. Vacuum Carpets and Surfaces
Most homeowners vacuum their carpets once a week, but it should be done two to three times per week for asthmatic people. Some allergens are particular to the season, such as peak pollen season. If you have asthma, then you should vacuum your carpets more frequently.
It’s also best to use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum type, which is more effective at eliminating house allergens. However, you should also consider that dust mites and pet hair are bigger than 0.3 microns, the minimum particle size that a HEPA vacuum cleaner can retain.
So, it’s not really important to invest in a more expensive vacuum cleaning machine. Instead, you should focus on regular and meticulous cleaning of your home and carpeted floorings.
2. Prevent Mold and Mildew
Protein found in animals’ saliva, dander, and urine is a common allergen to many people. These tiny allergen particles can become airborne and easily trigger allergic reactions.
You can reduce animal dander through frequent vacuuming and washing your pet at least once a week. You can also take additional precautions like keeping your pet out of the bedroom and off the furniture. You may also designate some areas of the house as a pet-free zone.
3. Perform Deep Carpet Cleaning
Carpet cleaning experts advise homeowners to have their textile flooring professionally cleaned about once or twice a year.
Deep carpet cleaning should be performed more often for people who suffer from allergies to effectively eliminate mold, pet dander, dust mites, and pollen particles. Be sure that they’re eliminated from carpets and other surfaces through innovative cleaning techniques.
4. Wash Away Allergens
Dust mites thrive in beddings, pillows, and throw rugs. So, if you spend a lot of time in your bedroom, you must reduce allergens there.
You need to wash pillowcases, blankets, and sheets in hot water at least once a week, then put them in a hot dryer to kill dust mites. You should also encase mattresses and non-washable comforters, pillows, and beddings in allergen-proof covers.
5. Use Green Cleaning Products
A lot of harsh chemicals in common household cleaners are actually allergen triggers. They can easily aggravate and trigger symptoms in people who suffer from allergies and asthma.
So, if you are sensitive to allergens, it’s best to switch to green, environmentally friendly cleaning products made from natural and plant-based ingredients. You should not have a hard time finding products like that since today’s market offers numerous environmentally friendly alternatives.
You can effectively rid your home of pesky allergens through regular and meticulous cleaning of carpets, beddings, pet dander, and surfaces where these tiny particles settle. If you have allergies or asthma, cleaning should be done more regularly to ensure that you are eliminating dust and other allergens.
Complete Carpet and Tile Cleaning has a team of carpet cleaners in Madera, CA who are committed to providing our clients with a meticulous cleaning process with more steps than other cleaners care to do. Our carpet cleaning process involves vacuuming all carpets to dry particulate soil and dirt before cleaning them effectively.
Next, we pretreat your carpets with a soil and stain filter that loosens everything and readies it for rinsing. We do that and more as we clean your home. Call us today at 559-271-9661 to book a schedule!