Do you suffer from allergies? This may come as a surprise, but it’s possible that many more pollutants and allergens reside in your home than outside. Read on to learn where the common problem areas could be in your home and how to clean them so you and your family can breathe easier.
Danger Zone: Carpet & Upholstery
These are the most common areas for dust and dirt particles to settle, but often the last areas we think to clean. As these allergy causing particles seep deep into carpet and upholstery fibers over time, they become more and more difficult to clean. Luckily, our professional carpet and upholstery cleaning process removes 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria.
Solution: Apply a fabric protectant solution to you furniture to help repel stains and other particles. Make a habit of vacuuming carpet and upholstery weekly and schedule a professional cleaning at least once a year. If you have children or pets, schedule about 2-3 professional cleanings a year. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process and sanitizer removes over 98% of allergens from carpet and upholstery and 89% of airborne bacteria at an affordable price.
Danger Zone: Ceiling Fans & Blinds
Blinds and window sills rapidly collect dirt and dust that seeps in through windows. Ceiling fans are also dust hubs. Then, when we turn on our ceiling fans, all that dust and dirt gets scattered on your furniture and floors. This causes allergies and illness for many people.
Solution: Make it a part of your weekly cleaning regimen to wipe down your blinds, window sills, and ceiling blades. You may even consider replacing your blinds with window shades. These collect less dirt and are easier to clean.
Danger Zone: Area Rugs & Hardwood Floors
It’s easy to assume that hardwood floors are cleaner than carpet, but this is actually false. Just like with blinds and ceiling fans, dirt and dust settle on these hard surface and are stirred back into the air around you. Bacteria from traffic and spills also settle on your hardwood floors, making them a danger zone for germs.
Solution: Mats and area rugs made of nylon or wool, especially in high traffic areas, will act as filters and absorb dust and dirt. These particles can then be vacuumed easily, keeping your hardwood floors clean. However, if you do use area rugs, make sure you have them professionally cleaned just as you would your regular carpet.
Danger Zone: Grout, Tile, & Stone
Grout, tile, and stone are porous and often get wet in your kitchen or bathroom. As a result, they become breeding grounds for mildew, mold, fungus, dirt and germs.
Solution: Use a sealant to protect your tile, grout and stone. Reseal high traffic rooms each year and other areas every 4-5 years. Short Stop Chem-Dry offers tile, grout and stone cleaning services that sanitize and refresh these areas using a special solution and suction equipment. We recommend this service yearly in your home.
Danger Zone: Heating & Air Conditioner Filters
The purpose of these filters is to catch dust, bacteria and allergens and prevent them from circulating through the air. However, if not replaced, the air quality in your home can become dangerous very quickly.
Solution: The time frame in which you need to change your air filters will vary depending on the model. Be familiar with your type of filter and replace it according to the directions. Here are a few suggestions:
- Every 6-12 months for a single occupant home without children or pets
- Every 90 days for suburban family homes without pets
- Every 60 days for homes with a pet
- Every 30-45 for homes with multiple pets
Short Stop Chem-Dry is here to help you breathe easier in a cleaner home. Let’s get in touch!