Allergies are a common ailment for many people. However, what most people don’t know is that it’s not just the outdoors or the changing seasons that cause them. In fact, the average American home contains twice the level of pollution as the outdoors! As your partner in promoting a clean and healthy home, we want to help but pointing out some of the biggest indoor problem areas and how you can rid them of allergens and bacteria.
The Source: Upholstery & Carpet
Most of us spend the majority of our time sitting on couches or carpet without recognizing all the dust and particles that settle there. Carpet and upholstery is actually one of the biggest allergen traps in your home.
Solution: Start by applying fabric protectant to your furniture and carpet. This will help block out dirt and keep it on the surface where it can be vacuumed away easily. Make a routine of weekly vacuuming and have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you have pets or children, have them cleaned more frequently, about 2-3 times per year. Chem-Dry’s carpet and upholstery cleaning services remove 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria!
The Source: Hardwood Floors & Area Rugs
Dust and dirt settle on your hardwood floors and are quickly spread throughout the air with regular foot traffic. Due to spills and other messes hardwood floors can also be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Solution: Use area rugs in large spaces with hardwood floors. These will act as filters, trapping allergens and dust where they can be more easily vacuumed. It’s also best to have your area rugs professionally cleaned at least once a year.
The Source: Grout, Stone & Tile
Because tile, stone and grout are often used in areas with a lot of moisture, mold and mildew can grow there quickly. Grout is porous and can harbor a variety of bacteria, mold and fungus.
Solution: Apply sealant to your tile, stone and grout. The sealant will need to be reapplied about once a year. Chem-Dry offers tile, stone and grout cleaning services that virtually eliminate allergens and bacteria and protect against mold & mildew!
The Source: Blinds & Ceiling Fans
Blinds are the landing spot for dust and dirt carried in through your windows. Dust also settles on ceiling fans and is quickly spread throughout the room.
Solution: Wipe down your blinds and ceiling fan blades weekly. You may also consider installing window shades or curtains that won’t trap dirt as much and may be easier to clean.
The Source: Heating & Air Conditioning Filters
These filters trap bacteria, allergens and dust before they’re distributed throughout the air in your home. However, over time these filters become full and less effective at doing their job. Home filters are designed to remove particulates like dust, pollen and bacteria from the air.
Solution: Understand and follow the directions for replacing your specific type of filters, especially during winter months when you’ll be spending more time indoors.
John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County is knowledgeable and committed to help you have a home virtually free from allergens and bacteria! Learn more about the services we offer and how they promote a healthy home in our Home Healthy Study.
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