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Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Seasonal allergies are a huge concern for many individuals this time of year; approximately 50 million Americans are affected. 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. Bluebonnet Chem-Dry is a great choice, check out our Home Health Study. Need more help with keeping your home allergen free and healthy? Here are some tips:

Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

The first step is figuring out what allergens trigger the miserable allergy symptoms your family has to deal with. Different responses may be required for bad reactions to indoor and outdoor allergens. Opening the windows can help relieve symptoms if the trigger is inside. The cause may be something along the lines of pet hair, dust, or mold in this case. To protect your home from an outdoor allergen like grass or tree pollen, keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Standing water sources can be hazardous since they are frequently a breeding ground for molds. Get rid of these sources, whenever possible, to reduce the risk of mold development.

3. Trap the Dust - Don’t Move it Around

Feather dusters are common in many homes, but they tend to just lift the dust from the surface and distribute it in the air. Try using a dryer sheet, a damp cloth, or paper towel to trap the dust for complete removal. Dryer sheets are also able to reduce static and removal dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

Strong cleaning agents can actually make the symptoms of allergies worse. Try gentler cleaning products instead, for example baking soda, to ease the negative consequences of harsh cleaning agents.

5. Clear Dust from ALL Surfaces

Do you dust windowsills, window frames, door frames, and ceiling fans regularly? Most of us will answer this question with a “no,” but all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned for the best results.

6. Keep the House Cool and Dry

Try to keep the humidity in your home around 50% or lower for optimal results. Dust mite and mold spore development is much less likely to occur in a cool, dry home.

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. They act as an air filter and should be vacuumed weekly. Professionally cleaning them every three to four months is recommended. Bluebonnet Chem-Dry is able to help homes with allergy sufferers. 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

Every one to two weeks, it is recommended to wash bed linens. 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

It is recommended to change the filters in the home every 6-12 months. Homes with pets or allergies should change their filters more frequently. The highest MERV rating is not always the best choice. The reduction in airflow that the high ratings may cause can actually make things worse. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.

Source:
http://www.Bluebonnet Chem-Dry.com/blog/spring-cleaning-tips-alleviate-allergies

 

 

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*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.

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