Allergies are a force to be reckoned with. We could leave our homes for a day, and like invisible intruders, pesky invaders like dust, mites, animal dander, plant pollen and even mold, can assault us with one breath. Eyes begin to water and itch, scratchy throats surface, and congestion consumes us; throwing us into sneezing and coughing fits! Some wonder if it’s just a cold but the more seasoned victim knows exactly what the culprit is.
Allergies from Dust
Some of the more inexperienced sufferers believe simply keeping a house dusted and vacuumed is the only thing to do to alleviate their symptoms. Most people that are affected by dust don’t realize that no matter how well their homes are cleaned, dust is always present. Depending on the age of the home, climate, and the people and/or animals that dwell within, all things from food to furniture and house plants all play a part in those pesky dust particles. The real disturbing fact is that house dust is basically an airborne mixture of human and animal skin, or dander, animal and human hair, fabric fibers, mold spores, dust mites, food particles, fragments of insect carcasses and other debris. Home dust isn’t seasonal; it’s year round.
Animal Pet Dander Allergies
Just fewer than 62% of homes in the United States have pets, and 161 million of those are furry dogs and cats. It’s a distressing thing when Fido or Whiskers comes to live in our home, and the allergy symptoms appear. Especially when now those little fur ball friends have become like our own children. Generally speaking, most allergies from pets are due to the protein found in pet dander, saliva or urine. Pets can even bring in unwanted passengers of pollen or mold on their fur or hair.
Most of us know when it’s best to stay indoors and hide from the dreaded pollen at specific times of year. However, pollen is near unescapable. As mentioned before it can hitch a ride on a pet, accompany us on our clothing or even hit us in a rightly timed gust of wind when the door or window is opened. Pollen truly is one of an allergy sufferer’s worst enemies.
Mold often gets overlooked. If it isn’t in plain sight or painfully obvious, mold can haunt us undetected. Mold is tiny fungi whose spores float through the air. Mold thrives in damp environments. Like most living things, mold needs food, air, water, and appropriate temperatures. Most people don’t even know where it can be lurking behind walls or in attic or basement floorboards. All they know is that they are showing the symptoms.
Allergy Treatment and Relief
Lucky for us there are many preemptive strikes we can take. Freshening beds are a good start. Mattresses can be vacuumed down monthly and turned over bi-yearly to reduce those little dust mites. Bed linens should be washed at least every other week in hot water. D M Carpet Cleaning also offers professional mattress cleaning for a deep down clean. Bathing our furry friends is another good idea. Especially pets that visit the outdoors should be bathed regularly. Keeping them away from our beds and bedrooms betters our chances of not getting those irritating allergy symptoms.
A lot of people believe that bare floors are the optimal way of cutting down on indoor allergies. But in fact without the fiber compilation of an area rug or door mat, those dust particles get stirred up by high traffic and just continue to float into the air.
Vacuuming the upholstery and carpets on a daily basis can keep most of the dust, dander, and pollen at bay. Keeping blinds clean is also an important detail to commit to.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
Of course, having a professional carpet cleaner come into your home periodically is a great counter measure to keep those indoor allergies under control. D M Carpet Cleaning offers expert carpet and upholstery cleaning in the Greater Atlanta Georgia area. We not only remove stubborn pet odors, spots and stains as well as pet dander and hair; but our powerful truck mounted steam cleaning removes the toughest, in ground dirt, allergens and other contaminates lurking deep in your carpet fibers. Contact D&M Carpet Cleaning today – we’ll have you breathing easier in no time!