As many of you already know, allergy season has shown up right on schedule. The watery eyes, runny nose, and other allergic reactions are making your life miserable! And while you can’t control the pollen count in the air, you can control how much of it resides in your home. Here’s how to remove allergens from carpet and make your indoor environment a little more bearable.
Removing allergens from your wall-to-wall carpeting may seem like an impossible task, especially if you suffer from allergies. But the best thing you can do for yourself is to keep your carpets, furniture, bedding, and even hard surfaces as clean as possible during the Spring season. It may seem like a full-time job at the start, but isn’t your health worth it?
How to Remove Allergens From Carpet
Fortunately, there are several methods you can utilize to ensure your carpets remain allergen-free. Here are a few ways to remove allergens from your carpets:
- Regular Vacuuming
- Professional Carpet Cleaning
- Wash Clothes/Bedding Often
- Clean Bathroom
- Close Doors/Windows
- Use a Dehumidifier
The first step in removing allergens from your carpet fibers is to vacuum thoroughly. Using a vacuum cleaner often is essential as it kills dust mites, animal dander, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can trigger allergies. When vacuuming, use an attachment with a HEPA filter to prevent the release of these particles into the air.
Take extra care when vacuuming around furniture and baseboards, as these areas tend to accumulate more dust and debris than the carpet itself. Use the brush attachment to clean the furniture, too. Whether it’s upholstered in fabric, leather, or other material, allergens can take place on these surfaces too.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
In addition to vacuuming, you should have a professional clean your carpet on a regular basis. Cleaning will help remove any deep-down dirt and debris that may have settled in the fibers of the carpet over time.
After cleaning, allow your carpet ample time to dry (only about 1 hour with our low moisture process) before replacing furniture or walking on it again.
Heaven’s Best low-moisture carpet cleaning process is ideal for keeping your carpets clean and allergen-free. We don’t soak your carpets like other carpet cleaning services, leaving it dry after one hour! Plus, our cleaning products are safe for children and pets, so you can have peace of mind knowing your loved ones are protected. With no residue left behind, your carpets will look and feel fresh and clean.
How To Remove Allergens from Carpet: Wash Clothes/Bedding Often
In most cases, we’re the ones that bring these allergens into the home in the first place. On our feet, our clothes, even our hair! On days with large allergen counts, make sure to change clothes and do laundry often.
And stay off the bed until you do! Think about all of the pollen and other particles that you’re bringing in with you–now think about covering your bedroom carpet and bedsheets and covers in them! No wonder you have a hard time sleeping! It doesn’t make sense to wash the bedding every day, so make sure you’re not tracking these allergens into your room.
Hypoallergenic bedding, including pillowcases, sheets, and comforters can help to prevent the buildup of allergens, especially in the bed where we spend a significant amount of our time. You can also use allergen-proof covers for your mattress, box spring, and pillows to prevent dust mites from entering and creating a breeding ground for allergens.
Some allergens are grown in the home, especially in the bathroom. Bathrooms are typically damp environments, which can promote the growth of mold and mildew. This can lead to an increase in allergens such as mold spores and can negatively impact your indoor air quality. Regular cleaning will effectively remove many of these allergens.
In addition, if your bathroom is cluttered, it can make it more difficult to clean and remove these allergens. For example, piles of dirty laundry or towels can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew. To prevent these allergens from reaching the carpeted parts of your home, make sure to keep your bathroom neat and tidy.
While our clothes bring in much pollen, open windows give these allergens easy access to your home and carpeting. Keeping windows and doors closed can help to prevent outdoor allergens. You can also use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your air conditioning system to further reduce the number of outdoor allergens.
Air purifiers help remove airborne dust particles, pet dander, pollen, smoke particles and other microscopic particles that can trigger or worsen allergies. Choose one with a HEPA filter which is certified by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Change your filter frequently—every three months or so—to ensure it is working optimally.
Use a Dehumidifier
Speaking of mechanical options, dehumidifiers do a great job of removing excess moisture in the air that can lead to those allergens that breed indoors. Humidity levels that are too high encourage mold growth which causes allergy symptoms to worsen due to its production of spores that break off into tiny pieces when disturbed.
How to Remove Allergens From Carpet? Call in the Experts
After a few weeks of sneezing and sniffling, give the professional carpet cleaners at Heaven’s Best a call. We use a gentle, effective cleaner that is not only great for the environment but also good for your health! Our water and citrus-based cleaner ensures there are no harsh chemicals or solvents used, leaving your carpets residue-free and feeling fresh.
By regularly cleaning your carpets, you can control allergens that build up in the fibers, making it easier to breathe and enjoy your home! We also clean hardwood floors, tile and grout work, and upholstery cleaning for your furniture. Let Heaven’s Best clean the air in your home by removing allergens, dirt, and debris from your floors.