Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners. This is part two of our blog series about indoor allergens. In our first blog, we talked about house dust, dust mites, mold, and allergy-induced asthma. Many homeowners don’t realize that indoor allergens can be just as bad or worse than the allergies they experience outside. That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the most common indoor allergens so that you have an idea of what you’re up against.
Although cleaning your home thoroughly, turning on the air conditioning, and replacing your air filters can help remove some indoor allergens, it won’t completely solve the issue. Call your professional rug cleaners at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners today to learn about our rug cleaning and restoration services.
Aside from being one of the most unsightly things to find crawling across your kitchen floor, cockroaches are known to cause allergies similar to dust mites and mold. Cockroaches are commonly found in areas where food and water are abundant but can also be found all throughout the home. However, unlike dust mites, you’ll know when you have a problem and if you find a cockroach in your home, you should contact a pest control company immediately. Even after the cockroaches have been dealt with, you’ll want to thoroughly clean your home in order to remove digestive enzymes, saliva, and body parts that contribute to allergies.
Although we love our furry little friends, their shedded hair and dander (shedded skin) can do a number on our homes and our overall well being. Around 20 percent of people in North America experience pet allergies and studies have found that even homes without pets contain pet allergens.
Typically, when people think of allergies, they think of pollen. But pollen isn’t just found outdoors, pollen grains can make their way indoors through open windows and doors, or get tracked in on shoes or clothing. Once inside, they will cause typical allergy symptoms like a runny nose, itchy throat and skin, and watery eyes. If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms, keep an eye on the pollen count where you live. If the pollen count is high in your area, you may need to see an allergist for seasonal allergy medication.
Although the symptoms of seasonal allergies are relatively harmless, albeit difficult to deal with, seasonal allergies can be far more serious for someone with asthma even resulting in asthma attacks. Asthma is a condition that causes someone’s airways to become inflamed and swollen resulting in difficulty breathing. Allergy-induced asthma affects 60 percent of people with asthma, so it’s important that these people pay close attention to pollen count, as well as indoor allergens.
What You Can Do
Indoor allergens can be a huge annoyance for some people and a serious health risk for others. Indoor allergens are more likely to be present in homes that are hot and humid, have pest problems, pets, or if pollen counts are high in your area. But there are several things you can do to minimize your risk of indoor allergens.
Replace your air filter – Many people either don’t know that they should be replacing their air filters or they forget. Your air conditioner does a lot more than cool your home, it also circulates air through your filter removing a lot of the airborne allergens in the process.
Run your AC – Since many allergens thrive in hot, humid environments, keeping your home cool will help keep it free of things like mold and dust mites.
Clean your home – Keeping a clean home will help keep it free of a lot of indoor allergens.
Maintaining clean rugs and carpets is one of the best things you can do for your home to remedy indoor allergies. It’s during this time of year that the pollen count is at its highest meaning you’ll have more pollen in your home, stuck in your carpets and rugs. This pollen can’t always be removed by simply vacuuming or cleaning regularly, sometimes it needs a more thorough cleaning. At Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners, we offer full-service rug cleaning, restoration, and repair services for all types of rugs including oriental.
If you have an antique oriental rug or any other type of expensive rug, you can’t just go to any rug cleaner out there. Since 1881, Fred Remmers has been serving Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri with expert rug cleaning and repair services. Contact us today to learn more about what we do.