Carpet Cleaning

Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies this time of year. This time of year, a variety of allergens, like pollen, make their way into the home, clinging to your carpet and upholstery. A vital step in the allergen removal process is a regular, professional carpet cleaning. Allergy symptoms can be put at bay so allergy sufferers can enjoy the warmer weather, too. Excel Chem-Dry can help you get to the healthiest home possible! Check out our Home Health Study for more information. Listed here are tips to help you through the miserable allergy season:

Tips for Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

What allergens trigger the allergy symptoms making your family miserable? Different responses may be required for bad reactions to indoor and outdoor allergens. If the trigger is inside, opening the windows to air out the house is an important step to take. The cause may be something along the lines of pet hair, dust, or mold in this case. However, it is best to keep the windows closed if the allergen is coming from outside - like grass or tree pollen.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Mold growth is common in areas with standing water sources, making it hazardous to your health. To reduce the risk of mold development, get rid of these sources when possible.

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. Try using a dryer sheet, a damp cloth, or paper towel to trap the dust for complete removal. Dryer sheets are also able to reduce static and removal dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

We tend to think of strong cleaning agents when thinking of lessening the effects of allergies, but it's not commonly realized they can make symptoms 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

For the best results, dust every surface in your home. This includes windowsills, window frames, ceiling fans, and door frames.

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. Homes with allergy sufferers benefit from using Excel Chem-Dry. 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

Bed linens are recommended to be washed every 1-2 weeks. 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. It may come as a surprise, but the highest MERV rating is not necessarily the best option. Ratings too high can actually make things worse by reducing airflow. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.