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Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies Blog

Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Seasonal allergies are a huge concern for many individuals this time of year; approximately 50 million Americans are affected. Though welcoming in the warmer weather is looked forward to, with this change a variety of allergens, like pollen, make their way into your home and cling to your carpets and upholstery. Regular carpet cleaning is important to remove allergens so allergy sufferers can put their allergy symptoms at bay and enjoy the warm weather too. With our Home Health Study, it's clear that City Wide Chem-Dry is a great choice! Listed here are tips to help you through the miserable allergy season:

Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

What allergens trigger the allergy symptoms making your family miserable? Indoor and outdoor allergens may require different responses. If the trigger is inside, opening the windows to air out the house is an important step to take. This may be a variety of causes, perhaps pet hair, dust, or mold. However, if the trigger is from an outdoor allergen like grass or tree pollen, keep your windows closed.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Hazardous to your health, standing water sources can be a breeding ground for molds. When possible, get rid of these sources to reduce the risk of mold development.

3. Trap the Dust - Don’t Move it Around

As a go-to cleaning supply, feather dusters are common in many homes. Instead of ridding your home of the dust, it redistributes it from the surface to the air. Instead, use a dryer sheet, a damp cloth or paper towel to trap the dust for complete removal. Using a dryer sheet will also reduce static and remove dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

Strong cleaning agents tend to be the first to come to mind when thinking about lessening the effects of allergies, when in reality they frequently make allergies worse. Try gentler cleaning products instead, for example baking soda, to ease the negative consequences of harsh cleaning agents.

5. Clear Dust from ALL Surfaces

For the best results, dust every surface in your home. This includes windowsills, window frames, ceiling fans, and door frames.

6. Keep the House Cool and Dry

50% relative humidity, or lower, is recommended for optimal results in the home. A cool, dry home creates a less habitable environment for dust mite and mold spore growth than a warm, damp environment.

7. Wash or Replace Moldy Shower Curtains

You may not realize it, but slimy, moldy shower curtains can be a trigger for those with allergies. The mold from the shower can spread to other parts of the home. This process is made even easier in the warmer months.

8. Remove Trapped Allergens

Symptoms of allergies may be triggered by the allergens that are trapped in the carpet, rugs, and upholstery items in the home. They act as an air filter and should be vacuumed weekly. Professionally cleaning them every three to four months is recommended. City Wide Chem-Dry is able to help homes with allergy sufferers. Not only is our main cleaning solution certified green, but we have a home health study to prove that our product improves living conditions.

9. Wash and Air Out Bed Linens Regularly

Bed linens are recommended to be washed every 1-2 weeks. A lot is accumulated on bedding, from sweat, skin shedding, and dust collection to make a perfect environment for dust mites.

10. Change HVAC Filters Regularly

It is recommended to change the filters in the home every 6-12 months. Homes with pets or allergies should change their filters more frequently. The highest MERV rating is not always the best choice. The reduction in airflow that the high ratings may cause can actually make things worse. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.

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*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.

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