There are plenty of things you can do inside your home to reduce allergen levels, from cleaning and vacuuming regularly to keeping humidity levels low. Here’s an overview of a few simple steps you can take.
1. Keep your home cool and dry by keeping humidity levels below 50%. To maintain this level, you may need to use your air conditioner along with a dehumidifier.
2. Get rid of things that may have gotten wet. If any carpeting in your home gets wet from a flood or a burst pipe, thoroughly clean and dry it within 24 hours. Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs can help you with this type of situation with our 24-hour water damage restoration services.
3. Vacuum often. Vacuum at least once a week. A vacuum that has a special double-line bag, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, or combination of both will trap more of the carpet allergens.
4. Have carpets professionally cleaned. Common household particles, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, etc., fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Professional carpet cleaning effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe. See our carpet cleaning services.
5. Dust frequently. Clean the hard surfaces and shiny floors in your home weekly with treated dust rags, damp mops, or damp rags. Don’t use a dry cloth or feather duster, since you’ll just fling the allergens in the dust back into the air.
6. Keep furnace filters clean. Regularly clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioners according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Generally, when they’re in use, you’ll need to replace them (or clean them if they are the reusable type) monthly. Also look into our air duct cleaning process.