Cleaning Tips: Removing Allergy Triggers from your Home

Spring is never an easy season for those of us living with allergies, and we’re not alone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from various allergies.

Thankfully, Rug Doctor’s machines and formulas help encapsulate allergy triggers such as pollen, pet dander and dust mite allergens in carpet so they are easily removed when vacuumed. In addition to regular carpet deep cleaning with Rug Doctor, here are a few tips we recommend to help keep allergy triggers at bay:

Make it a Routine

Dust and vacuum weekly to remove dust mites, pollen and pet hair from your home, and try using a damp cloth when cleaning to trap dust and keep it from rematerializing in the air.

Deep Cleaning is a Necessity

Carpet is the biggest air filter in the home, and it needs regular cleaning with a Rug Doctor machine. Because vacuuming is not enough, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends deep cleaning carpet every three to six months with a hot water extraction system like Rug Doctor that gets in between carpet fibers to loosen dirt and grime and then extracts dirt and allergens from rugs. It is spring cleaning time, after all. Note: If you have children and / or pets in your home, you will want to clean closer to the three-month mark of deep-cleaning your carpets with a Rug Doctor machine.

Keep Linens Clean

Wash bed linens, including sheets, pillow cases and blankets weekly in hot water (at least 130° Fahrenheit) and consider using protective bedding products, such as mattress and pillow covers to create a barrier. Don’t forget throw pillows and stuffed animals, as well as your pet’s cloth-covered toys and bedding. It’s also helpful to shower before going to bed versus in the morning so that you are less likely to pass along allergy triggers in your hair, such as pollen, to your sheets.

Avoid Trigger Transfer

If your allergies are severe, keep clothes you’ve worn outside away from your bedroom, especially bed linens and pillows, as well as other fabrics such as curtains and couches to avoid transferring allergens. By using Rug Doctor’s Upholstery Hand Tool, you can get in hard-to-reach spots to remove dust and dirt. Don’t forget to leave your shoes at the door to avoid tracking in allergy triggers all over your home.

Adjust Your Environment

High temperatures in your home can make dust mites, and allergies, worse. People with severe allergies should keep home temperatures no higher than 70° Fahrenheit for cleaner air and should also consider the use of an air filter for the home, which help trap airborne particles (i.e. dust mites, pollen, dander and mold). For those with severe allergies, it may be helpful to have portable High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter or air purifier in each room – especially the bedroom. HEPA filters eliminate 99.97 percent of airborne particles. When doing yard work, or spending an excessive amount of time outside, consider wearing protective eye gear or a face mask.

Know Your Enemy

Finally, make note of your family’s allergy triggers so you can try to avoid them whenever possible.

To find a location in your area to rent a machine and purchase products to help remove allergy triggers from your home, use Rug Doctor’s store locator.

(Photo Sneeze by Mcfarlandmo)

2 Responses to Cleaning Tips: Removing Allergy Triggers from your Home

  1. Carpet cleaning orange county June 4, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    I love the rug doctor and find it’s ease of operation combined with it’s inexpensive price point to be a combination I can’t resist. Definitely helps with ridding the carpet of the pet dander and allergy causing pollens.

  2. Junior November 29, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    When you’ve got to do it yourself. There isn’t anything better with getting rid of dander and pollens than the Rug Doctor.

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