Summer is here, and the one thing everyone dreads the most is back: summer allergies. And they are back in your carpet with a vengeance! Have you ever notice how you sometimes seem to get a cold in the summer? Ever think it’s weird? That’s because it’s not a cold; more often than not, it’s allergies acting up. They could be caused by outdoor allergens dragged in by your shoes and trapped in your carpet, or typical indoor allergens such as dust and mites. The good news is that by calling our carpet cleaning professionals at Fresh Air Furnace Services, you can get rid of those allergens!
Why Is Your Carpet Causing Allergic Reactions?
Your carpet is the ideal place for allergens to hide. It’s basically an allergen filter. It traps the allergens and keeps them from going airborne. While it may seem like a good thing, the problem is that when you vacuum your carpet, you set all those allergens free. Vacuuming your carpet, when you don’t do it often, doesn’t properly remove the dirt from your carpet; what it does, is suck it to the surface of the carpet where it can then go airborne. To really clean your carpet, you’ll need to call in a professional. Treat your carpet like you would your favourite clothing. You wear them and then you wash them to keep them clean and in good shape. The same should go for your carpet. Your carpet gets walked on by people and pets, which both bring in outside allergens; which is why, like your clothes, you need to regularly clean your carpet.
What Sort of Thing Can You Find in Your Carpet?
In the depths of your carpet, you can find various allergens. Amongst them are dust mites, fungi, pet dander or hair, or even bugs. Dust mites are the most common indoor allergens that cause allergy from house dust. Their particles are usually found in pillows, mattresses, upholstery, and especially in carpets. They tend to float in the air when you walk on or vacuum your carpet. They’re also one of the most common causes of asthma in children. You may also find mould in your carpet. The spores can travel through the air, into your home, and get trapped in there. While it’s more common in certain weather, it can occur year round. Another allergen that can be found trapped in carpets is pet dander. They’re tiny flakes of dead, dry skin that falls off cats or dogs. In addition, your pet’s saliva can cause an allergic reaction when combined with other pollutants. Finally, bugs are attracted to a lot of things found in your carpet, and they leave droppings behind. Gross, right?
What Can You Do About It?
Now that you have a good idea as to what allergens could be hiding in your carpet, let’s have a look at what you could do to reduce the amount of allergens in between carpet cleanings. First of all: take your shoes off! Limit what outside allergens you bring inside the house. Urge your family and guests to wipe their feet when they come in. This will help reduce the amount of dirt, grass, grime, and moisture that comes into your home. Also, while we previously mentioned that vacuuming your carpet will bring the dirt in it to the surface, vacuuming regularly (once or twice a week) will help remove dirt and allergens from your carpet. It will also prevent too much wear and tear on your carpet.
However, the most important thing you can do to keep your carpet clean and in good shape is to call Fresh Air Furnace Services. While there are steps you can take to control allergy flare-ups in your home, the best way to ensure that your home environment remains really healthy is by having your carpets professionally deep-cleaned at least once a year. It will remove any allergens from your carpet, and leave it looking good! You can reach us at 403-452-9528.