Minor allergies that are irritated by dust or pet dander can make your carpet and upholstery seem like the enemy. Fortunately, with proper cleaning and maintenance, you can enjoy your home by minimizing the allergens often harbored in the fibers of your floor and furniture.
Upgrade Your Vacuum
Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways to keep carpet and furniture clear of dust, pet dander and other allergens. Although a regular vacuum can help cut down on the dust, a better option is to choose a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter. These filter out more allergens than regular vacuums, resulting in less dust. A canister vacuum is also a better option than one with a bag. Some dust escapes from the vacuum bag when it's in use, as opposed to everything being contained within a sealed canister.
Having the right vacuum isn't enough. Make sure you vacuum all carpets and upholstery at least once a week, or more often if your home is dusty or you have pets.
Although you can't pull up your carpet and throw it in the wash, you can minimize how much dander and allergens your upholstery accumulates. Slip covers, either fitted or made especially for use with pets, help keep the dander and dust from working into the fabric. You can wash these every few days to help keep the allergens under control. As an added bonus, furniture covers also minimize stains on your upholstery.
Deep Clean Regularly
Even with regular vacuuming, your carpet and upholstery will need a periodic deep cleaning to get out the allergens that become more deeply embedded in the fibers. Getting your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned every three months can help cut down on the allergens.
Not all carpet cleaning is created equal. Look for a company that offers allergy-friendly services. Usually, this means they use hypoallergenic cleaners and they use a steam cleaning method. Avoid wet carpet cleaning, sometimes called "shampooing." This soaks the carpet first, and then sucks up the water later. The water soaks into the pad, which takes longer to dry because it isn't possible to extract all the water. This process can result in some mold and mildew spores in the carpet, which can irritate allergies. Steam doesn't wet the carpet as thoroughly, and it dries more quickly, so mold is rarely a concern.
There's no need to go without carpeting or upholstered furniture if your allergies aren't severe. You can give your home the look and comfort you love without compromising your health. For more information, contact Cohen Carpet Upholstery & Drapery Cleaning Specialists or a similar company.