Do you suffer from indoor allergies?

 

Studies have shown a dirty carpet is the #1 reason for allergies in the home. Unlike hardwood or laminate which allows allergens to continue to fly around your home, carpet acts as one big air filter. Carpet fibers trap all of the dust, pollen and other pollutants brought in from outside.

 

Even if you choose to stay indoors when the outdoor air is full of pollen; dust mites and other pet dander can still cause problems indoors.

 

It is recommended that your carpet be professionally cleaned once a year but we recommend at least twice a year especially for people who have more severe allergies.

 

Tips on helping with allergens in your home:

 

  • Dust to control mites. By dusting surfaces and washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust mites in your home.

 

  • Vacuum often. Although cleaning can sometimes trigger allergic reactions, with dust in the air, vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites. Wear a mask when doing housework and consider leaving for a few hours after you clean to avoid allergens in the air. You can also make sure your vacuum has an air filter to capture dust.

 

  • Reduce pet dander. If you have allergies, you should avoid pets with feathers or fur like birds, dogs and cats. Animal saliva and dead skin, or pet dander , can cause allergic reactions. If you can’t bear to part with your pet, you should at least keep it out of the bedroom.

 

  • Shut out pollen. When you clean your windows, do you see a film of pollen on the frame or sill? One easy way to prevent pollen from entering your home is to keep windows and doors closed. Use an air filter and clean it regularly or run the air conditioner and change the filter often.

 

For more tips visit Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Amercia at www.aafa.org