Keep Your Home Allergy-freeWe know what it’s like to experience and put up with allergies, so it’s no surprise that the average home in the United States contains twice as many levels of pollution than you can find outside. We’ve put together some ideas of hard to remember places in your home where allergens may be dwelling, causing your allergies to linger unnecessarily.

The Culprit: Upholstery & Carpets

We use our furniture every day, but how often do we think about cleaning it? It’s really easy for most dust particles to settle on these surfaces and then get pushed deeper into the fibers as we use the upholstered furniture.

Quick Fix: Try using fabric protectant for your furniture. This solution will help to prevent stains in your upholstery fibers, minimizing the chance that bacteria has to grow in the fabric. We’d also recommend vacuuming your home at least weekly and getting your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned at least once a year. Acme Chem-Dry is highly trained when it comes to these services and our Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been proven to remove on average about 98% of the common household allergens that are found in your upholstery and carpets.

The Culprit: Blinds & Ceiling Fans

Since blinds are right next to the windows in your home, it’s easy to see how they can quickly become popular receptacles for dust and dirt. The same goes for ceiling fans which then distribute this grime throughout your home as they circulate air.

Quick Fix: Start washing your blinds and wiping the blades of your ceiling fan regularly. If this maintenance is too much, you could always replace your blinds with window shades that are much easier to clean.

The Culprit: Hardwood Floors & Area Rugs

You might be apt to assume that bare floors are often cleaner than your carpets, but we’re here to tell you otherwise. Just like ceiling fans, unhealthy particles settle on hard surfaces like your bare floors and then get stirred back into the air and throughout the house as people move about the room.

Quick Fix: Use an area rug or a doormat in high traffic areas of your house to act as a filter for dust and dirt particles that enter your home via your guests’ shoes. We’d recommend nylon or wool rugs to withstand the heavy traffic and we’d suggest getting those rugs professionally cleaned every once in a while to rid them of the nasty particles.

The Culprit: Tile, Grout & Stone

The longer you have your house, the longer that tile and grout has to build up an accumulation of soil, especially in your bathrooms. The moisture present in the air acts as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Quick Fix: Use sealant to make your tile, grout, and stone healthier. We recommend resealing rooms with the most activity about once a year, and then other rooms (like guest bathrooms) every 4 or 5 years. Chem-Dry’s special tile & grout cleaning equipment is perfect for restoring the look of your tile and improving your home’s overall health.

The Culprit: Heating & Air Conditioning Filters

The filters in your home are designed to remove dust and bacteria from your air, so naturally they will be home in return to lots of grime.

Quick Fix: Follow the directions on all individual filters throughout your home, especially during the winter months. Most homeowners don’t know the routine required by the air filters, so be sure to check for your own.