With winter quickly approaching, most Brookfield residents spend less time outside. If you suffer from dust, mold, or pet allergies, this extra time indoors can exacerbate your symptoms. For allergy sufferers, your flooring choices and cleaning habits can have a big impact on your comfort during the colder months. The key is preventative maintenance—cutting down on allergens before they can irritate your nose and sinuses. Here are some guidelines for subduing your sniffles:
Your floors—especially carpet—serve as traps for dust and pet dander. Be sure to vacuum at least weekly, more if you have a large family or pets. If you vacuum frequently, allergens won’t have time to settle deep into the carpet’s fibers.
Robotic vacuum cleaners, like the Roomba or Neato, are great for preventing buildup. It is important, however, to use a full-powered upright (for carpets) or canister (for hard floors) vacuum to make up for their lack of suction.
Deep Clean Carpeting
Carpets should be deep cleaned by professionals at least once per year. This process involves using steam to remove contaminants from deep within your carpet’s fibers. Not only does steam cleaning remove allergens, it also prolongs the life of your carpets by removing dirt, sand, and other substances that exacerbate carpet wear.
Quarantine your Bedroom
The average American spends one-third of their lives asleep. That means that we spend 8 hours per day in bed. That’s why it’s essential to focus your efforts on the bedroom. Be sure to minimize clutter, wash your sheets regularly with hot water, and vacuum a few times per week. In humid climates, the need for vacuuming is greater because dust mite thrive in wet conditions.
For more information about how floor choices affects our allergies, the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha are here to help. Call today for a free consultation with one of our trained design associates from the comfort of your home!
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