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DIY Carpet Cleaning Checklist to Control Allergens in the Home

Posted on Friday 18 June 2021

Are you an allergy sufferer? Allergy season can be a miserable time with constant runny noses, coughing, sneezing and itchy skin. While allergies mostly play up when you’re outside, you probably don’t think about allergens finding their way into your home.

Allergens come inside through windows, on our clothes, on shoes and on pets. Long after allergy season is over, allergens get stuck down in your carpet fibres, still causing allergy symptoms. You can’t completely prevent allergens getting into your home. But, you can use a DIY carpet cleaning checklist to reduce the effects.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Checklist for Controlling Allergens in the Home

To minimise allergens in your home, it’s imperative to get a regular carpet cleaning schedule. While steam carpet cleaning is the only real way to get rid of allergens, a regular cleaning schedule significantly reduces the amount in your home. Use this DIY carpet cleaning checklist:

Vacuum daily especially in allergy season. Be sure to invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter which traps harmful particles like allergens, dust mites and more

Treat stains immediately. Bacteria or mold may grow on spilled food and drink if left, which further irritates allergies

Install an air purifier. Look for one that is allergy rated because this pulls allergens out of the air, before they even get into your carpet

Keep pets well brushed. Piles of pet hair around the home won’t do wonders for your allergies. Wash off your dog’s paws before he runs through the house and keep his coat brushed out regularly

How Else to Ease Allergies in the Home?

The carpet isn’t the only place that may be harboring allergens. Allergy proof all areas of your home to reduce the likeliness of an allergy flare up.

  • Take off shoes before entering the home
  • Use dust proof covers on your pillows and bedding to keep dust mites at bay
  • Get rid of large, shaggy rugs. Swop for smaller washable rugs that are easy to throw in the washing machine
  • Swop heavy drapes for roll shades which don’t trap as much dust
  • Use air conditioning instead of leaving windows open. An AC filters the air, eliminating allergen build up in your home
  • Wipe over surfaces with a damp cloth. A dry cloth just pushes allergens around the room

Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning Totally Eliminates Allergens

Alongside your regular DIY cleaning, deep carpet cleans should be scheduled as backup. Steam carpet cleaning is the only real way to totally rid your carpets from allergens stuck in the carpet pile. As an allergy sufferer, aim to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least twice a year. The team at That Carpet Guy are fully equipped with Adelaide’s most innovative steam cleaning machines. Call today.

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