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. Blue Ribbon Chem-Dry is a great choice, check out our Home Health Study. Here are tips to help you through seasonal allergies:

Tips for Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

Figure out what allergens trigger the allergy symptoms that are affecting your family. This is important because you may need to take a different approach for indoor allergens than you would outdoor allergens. For example, if the trigger is inside, open the widows to air out the house. 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

Frequently a breeding ground for molds, standing water sources can be 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

As a go-to cleaning supply, feather dusters are common in many homes. Instead of ridding your home of the dust, it redistributes it from the surface to the air. Complete removal of the dust is ideal. Use a dryer sheet, a damp cloth, or a paper towel for effective cleaning. Using a dryer sheet will also reduce static and remove 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. Gentler cleaning products, like baking soda, will ease the negative consequences that harsh cleaning agents have.

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

Try to keep the humidity in your home around 50% or lower for optimal results. Keeping the house cool and dry will make a less habitable environment for dust mites and mold spores to develop.

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

The allergens trapped in the carpets, rugs, and upholstery in your home may trigger allergy symptoms. These items should be vacuumed weekly because they act as an air filter. It is recommended to have them professionally cleaned every three to four months. For homes with allergy sufferers, look no further than Blue Ribbon 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

It is recommended to wash bed linens every one to two weeks. A lot is accumulated on bedding, from sweat, skin shedding, and dust collection to make 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. The reduction in airflow that the high ratings may cause can actually make things worse. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.