Carpet Cleaning

Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

This time of year brings about seasonal allergy concerns for approximately 50 million Americans. This time of year, a variety of allergens, like pollen, make their way into the home, clinging to your carpet and upholstery. Scheduling a regular, professional carpet cleaning service is vital for the allergen removal process. Allergy sufferers can put their symptoms at bay and enjoy the warmer weather. With our Home Health Study, it's clear that Chem-Dry of Savannah is a great choice! Need more help with keeping your home allergen free and healthy? Here are some tips:

Tips for Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

Figure out what allergens trigger the allergy symptoms that are affecting your family. Indoor and outdoor allergens may require different responses. Opening the windows can help relieve symptoms if the trigger is inside. The cause may be something along the lines of pet hair, dust, or mold in this case. However, if the trigger is from an outdoor allergen like grass or tree pollen, keep your windows closed.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Hazardous to your health, standing water sources can be a breeding ground for molds. Get rid of these sources, whenever possible, to reduce the risk of mold development.

3. Trap the Dust - Don’t Move it Around

Feather dusters are common in many homes, but they tend to just lift the dust from the surface and distribute it in the air. Instead, use a dryer sheet, a damp cloth or paper towel to trap the dust for complete removal. Using a dryer sheet will also reduce static and remove dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

Strong cleaning agents tend to be the first to come to mind when thinking about lessening the effects of allergies, when in reality they frequently make allergies worse. The negative consequences that come when you use harsh cleaning agents can be avoided by using gentler cleaning products, like baking soda.

5. Clear Dust from ALL Surfaces

Do you dust windowsills, window frames, door frames, and ceiling fans regularly? Most of us will answer this question with a “no,” but all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned for the best results.

6. Keep the House Cool and Dry

50% relative humidity, or lower, is recommended for optimal results in the home. Dust mite and mold spore development is much less likely to occur in a cool, dry home.

7. Wash or Replace Moldy Shower Curtains

As a trigger for many with allergies, slimy, moldy shower curtains should not be overlooked. The mold from the shower can spread to other parts of the home. This process is made even easier in the warmer months.

8. Remove Trapped Allergens

Symptoms of allergies may be triggered by the allergens that are trapped in the carpet, rugs, and upholstery items in the home. They act as an air filter and should be vacuumed weekly. Professionally cleaning them every three to four months is recommended. Chem-Dry of Savannah is able to help homes with allergy sufferers. Not only is our main cleaning solution certified green, but we have a home health study to prove that our product improves living conditions.

9. Wash and Air Out Bed Linens Regularly

Every one to two weeks, it is recommended to wash bed linens. Sweat, dust, and flakes of skin are among the debris accumulated on bedding. It makes for a perfect environment for dust mites.

10. Change HVAC Filters Regularly

Filters should be changed at least every 6-12 months, but they should be changed more frequently if you have pets or allergies. The highest MERV rating is not always the best choice. Ratings too high can actually make things worse by reducing airflow. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.

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