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Cleaning your carpets regularly will help your allergies
Apr 2014

Cleaning your carpets regularly will help your allergies

Posted by GreenWorks / in Carpet Cleaning / 0 Comments

An allergen is any substance which can cause an allergic reaction in some people and may include airborne particles which can easily accumulate and remain undetected in your carpet like dust mites, spores, pollen, pet dander, mite, fungi and so forth.

An allergic reaction can manifest as wheezing and coughing, skin rashes and a series of other side effects, and it can range in effect from being mildly uncomfortable to something life-threatening. Because allergens can be hazardous to health, it is important to keep your carpet regularly cleaned.

If you cannot make do without a carpet in your home, then you have to vacuum as often as you can, ideally everyday. Also, it is important that you use the right kind of vacuum cleaner, one with tight connections which can prevent the allergens from blowing out.

Most regular vacuum cleaners have relatively porous paper bag filters and loose connection, which can allow the escape of allergens. While more expensive than regular brands, experts recommend that you go for a model with built-in HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorption) filters which are designed to effectively absorb and contain up to 99.97 percent of airborne contaminants as small as 0.3 micron and/or comes with a special double thickness collection bag. If you have the means, and prevention of allergen build-up inside the house is a big issue for you, then the best option for you is to install a central vacuuming system where the collection bag and motor can be situated outside the living area.

When possible, wet vacuum, shampoo and steam clean the carpet to kill the dust mites. Make sure your carpet is thoroughly dried to prevent molds and fungal growth. There are some who even recommend that you also periodically apply either Acarosan or Allergy Control Solution on your carpet. These are brand names of chemical products known to be effective in exterminating mites. Acarosan (benzyl benzoate) is effective for up to six months while Allergy Control Solution (tannic acid) has to be applied after every two months.

For best results in keeping your carpet allergen-free, why not also set a “no shoes inside the house” policy? This will help reduce the volume of allergy causing substances like pollens and spores which people typically drag in when they enter the house with their shoes on.

At least once every 6 to 12 months, have your carpet treated by a carpet cleaning professional. If you must have a carpet in your home, or if you can’t get rid of one, as when it comes with the house you are just renting, then it is important that you seek professional carpet cleaning help regularly to prevent the allergy-causing particulates from building up deep within the carpet ridges.

Only professional carpet cleaners have the training and the facility to steam clean your carpet at a temperature that is high enough to sanitize it and kill mites and bacteria without damaging the fabric.


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