Reduce Allergens in Your Home
For allergy sufferers, any kind of relief is necessary to living comfortably.
The struggles of a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing can become exhausting. So it’s important to keep your living environment clean for better breathing and fewer allergy flare-ups.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
According the American Lung Association, it’s reported that controlling allergies and asthma begins at home. Many people with allergies stay indoors when pollen and mold is high. But dust mites, pet dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors. Carpets tend to act as a magnet for allergens as they become trapped within the fibers which in turn pollute the air.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends three ways you can improve indoor air quality:
Control your contact with indoor airborne allergens
Ventilate your indoor areas well
Use air cleaners to clean indoor air
Vacuuming helps keep allergens low. But poor quality vacuums could put dust into the air. Look for CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® vacuums. These vacuums have been tested and found to prevent allergens from going back into the air.
We also suggest anyone with allergies or asthma to wear a mask while doing housework. Likewise, using a cloth a damp cloth for dusting will help reduce the amount of allergens being dispersed in the air. Leave the house for several hours after cleaning it.
Professionally Clean Carpets
Studies have shown that proper carpet care and cleaning can significantly reduce the amount of allergens. It’s often asked how often carpets should be professionally cleaned. In the case of allergy and asthma suffers, carpets should be professionally cleaned more often. It’s recommended by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that carpets should be cleaned around 3-4 times a year by a professional carpet cleaner.
The type of carpet in the home will impact the results of cleaning. Different types of carpet are easier to clean than others. In a study of cat allergen in carpets, the carpets that were easiest to clean were short, low-pile carpets made of high density, low surface area fibers, and coated in fluorocarbon The study did not examine dust mite allergen, but it is likely the type of carpet will also impact the removal of this allergen.
Allergy and asthma sufferers tend to be sensitive to some scents. When certain chemicals mix with synthetic carpets, this chemical mix can potentially cause allergic reactions. Fortunately, at Clean Indeed, we offer those with allergies a special formula for cleaning their carpets that will be used at their request.
Choose Flooring Wisely
In general, hard surface flooring is the best bet for those with allergies and asthma, because it’s easy to sweep and mop, and it doesn’t attract dust mites or mold. Avoid wall-to-wall carpet, if possible. If you must have carpet, use low-pile carpets or throw rugs you can wash. Stay towards natural products, rather than man-made, to avoid chemicals.
If your budget won't allow for more natural products, vinyl is a good allergy-friendly alternative as its hard surface qualities make it easy to clean of dust and debris and won't trap allergens. Be sure to check the VOC content of both the flooring (due largely to its petroleum base) and (for glue-down options) the adhesive used to install it, as these can be potent sources of allergy-inducing fumes. Higher-end vinyl products typically are the better option for both durability and VOC content. At Clean Indeed we always offer our customers Cali Bamboo flooring as they offer Eco-Friendly Flooring options by manufacturing high-quality materials made from renewable resources.
Hardwood flooring is another option for allergy sufferers. Hardwood flooring has been a consistent, popular flooring choice for literally hundreds of years. They’re durable, can be refinished, versatile for use throughout the home, and for our purposes, they’re allergy-friendly.
Natural flooring options such as cork and bamboo, are great allergy-friendly options. When properly finished, cork is naturally water resistant, sound insulating, antimicrobial, and temperature regulating. Cali Bamboo's bamboo flooring undergoes a proprietary Fossilized® manufacturing process that makes it twice the density of any other hardwood floor in the world and it's backed by a 50-year warranty.
Still not sure which flooring best suits your needs? At Clean Indeed we can help you navigate the many flooring options to help you decide on an allergy friendly option that will best suit your home and budget.
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