Many who suffer from allergies attribute their sneezing and watery eyes to animals or the changing seasons. However, most allergens and pollutants are actually found inside the home! Read on to learn the most common allergen sources in your home and what you can do to keep them under control.
The Source: Carpet & Upholstery
Our couches, chairs and carpet are the highest traffic areas in our homes. Dust particles, bacteria and allergens settle and are trapped inside these surfaces. Allergies can be caused by not having this areas thoroughly cleaned regularly.
Solution: Apply protectant to your furniture and carpet. This not only prevents stains from seeping deep into the fibers, but will also block more dust and other particles. Make it a habit to vacuum weekly and schedule professional cleanings. We recommend having your carpet and upholstery cleaned at least once a year or 2-3 times a year if you have children or pets. Old Dominion Chem-Dry uses a unique Hot Carbonating Extraction process that reduces 98.1% of common household allergens from your upholstery and carpet. When combined with a sanitizer, our method also removes 89% of airborne bacteria.
The Source: Area Rugs & Hardwood Floors
Bacteria and dust settle on your hardwood floors and are quickly released back into the air through regular foot traffic. Area rugs in these areas absorb allergens and bacteria as well.
Solution: Use area rugs or mats on hardwood floors. These will act as filters by trapping dust and are easier to vacuum & professionally clean. Old Dominion Chem-Dry offers an affordable area rug cleaning service that removes 98.1% of allergens from your rugs 89% of airborne bacteria.
The Source: Tile, Grout & Stone
Tile, grout and stone absorb dirt and grime over time. Exposure to moisture in the bathroom and kitchen can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Because grout is so porous, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and mold.
Solution: Use sealant on your tile, grout and stone. This sealant will need to be reapplied about once a year for high traffic areas and every 4-5 years for areas that aren’t used regularly. Old Dominion Chem-Dry provides tile, stone and grout cleaning services that remove 98.6% of bacteria from these surfaces.
The Source: Ceiling Fans & Blinds
Blinds collect dirt and dust particles that enter in through your windows. Dust also settles on your ceilings fans and is rapidly distributed throughout your home when you turn on your fans.
Solution: Make it a habit to wipe down your blinds and ceiling fan blades weekly. Window shades accumulate less dust than blinds, so you might consider installing those instead.
The Source: Heating & Air Conditioning Filters
These filters are designed to catch harmful particles like bacteria, pollen and dust.
Solution: To make sure the air in your home is safe to breath, follow the directions for your specific filters and replace them as suggested. Since you spend more time indoors during the winter, take special care to replace your filters during colder months.
Old Dominion Chem-Dry cares about the health of your home and family. We have done extension research to provide professional cleaning services that also combat bacteria and allergens in your home. Learn more about the results of our Home Healthy Study and schedule your appointment today!