Cleaning Allergen Sources in the Home

Cleaning allergen sources in the home

If you’re someone who suffers from allergies, you may be surprised to learn that they’re not all triggered by the outdoors. Research has shown that the inside of the average home in the U.S. can contain twice the pollution levels found outside. The good news is that by cleaning certain areas of your home, you can reduce the allergens and improve the indoor air quality through all seasons.

Carpets and upholstery

You walk on your carpets and sit on your furniture every day, and that constant use pushes the dirt and dust particles that settle on those surfaces deeper into the fibers. Without proper, regular cleaning of carpets and upholstery, allergens can build up and make it uncomfortable to breathe. To reduce the allergens on carpet and upholstery, consider using a fabric protectant on furniture that prevents stains from attaching and getting into upholstery fibers. Vacuum carpets, rugs, and furniture weekly and employ the help of our professional carpet and upholstery cleaning at least twice a year to help remove a high percentage of common household allergens.

Area rugs and hardwood floors

You may assume that hardwood floors don’t collect allergens as carpets do, but they actually do. Dirt and dust particles accumulate on hardwood floors just as they do everywhere else, and whenever you walk through the room, you stir all that up into the air. One solution is to put down some area rugs and doormats to act as filters that trap dirt and dust particles until you can vacuum. Clean your hardwood floors weekly, clean your washable area rugs, and hire professionals to clean rugs that you can’t toss into the washing machine.

Ceiling fans, blinds, and draperies

Ceiling fans are known culprits for dust accumulation because of their high, hard-to-clean location. Blinds and drapes also collect dirt and dust particles due to their close proximity to windows. Whenever you turn on a ceiling fan or open or close window treatments, you re-distribute all that accumulated dirt, dust, and allergens into the air of your home. To reduce these allergens, adopt a weekly routine of wiping down ceiling blades, washing blinds and vacuuming draperies. If your blinds and draperies are excessively dirty, call in professional cleaning for a thorough removal of allergens.

Stone, tile, and grout

In humid areas like the bathroom, moisture and soil accumulate in tile and grout, which leads to mildew and mold growth. The porous nature of grout also means it can accumulate fungus and bacteria. To prevent that, use a sealant on grout and stone, and reapply it every 1-5 years depending on how frequently you use the room.

Heating and air conditioning filters

The filters in furnaces and air conditioners help remove particles from the air including pollen, bacteria, and dust, but you need to replace them regularly for them to work effectively. A good time to change filters is before spring and before winter.

Embassy Cleaners offers professional cleaning of wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs, upholstery, draperies, and blinds to help you in your fight against indoor allergens. Contact us today to start improving the health of your home.

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