Cleaning for Allergies

Many of the things which prompt or sustain an allergy attack can be hidden in plain sight: particles from dust, cockroaches, mold, bacteria, pollen, and animal dander. They can also be triggered by vapors from cleaning products, paint, cooking oil, second-hand smoke, and fireplaces.

The truth is, your home is where you hope to have a respite from the glorious golden pollen which seems to be falling from every tree and bush in the Metro Phoenix area right now. But, the comforts of home could actually be exacerbating an allergy sufferer’s problem.

 This dust wants to visit you in your home.

This dust wants to visit you in your home.

Because if this, people with allergies oftentimes need a housecleaner. Allergens can be kicked up into the air during the cleaning process, since cleaning stirs up the very dust, dander, mold, or other particulate matter which is removed during the elimination process. In addition, cleaning products, themselves are often the culprits: even cleaning with non-toxic products could exacerbate an allergy condition due to their misting properties and perfumes.

There are so many places a house can hide allergens that entire professions are dedicated to finding and eradicating them, but here are some of the more common allergens and where they hide:

Mold and mildew

Early detection and prevention is the key to eliminating mold and mildew in the bath. While most people find mold unsightly, for an allergy sufferer, mold can be a biohazard.

Pet dander

Pet dander not only collects in places where pets play and sleep, but it also collects ubiquitously throughout the home because it clings to fabrics and it floats. 

Dust and pollen

The only thing which will get allergens out of the air is a high-quality air purifier. Whether the allergy sufferer chooses to sleep with one in the room or try a whole-house model is an individual preference.
 
Hiding places:

In addition to mold in bathrooms, there are other places where allergens make their home. Not only does dust collect on surfaces, but it finds it’s way into every niche and crevice of the home.

 Superbloom. By Cdallen915 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57335138

Superbloom. By Cdallen915 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57335138

‘Dust bunnies’ can often be found in hidden places such as under the bed, behind sofas and chairs, and other large furniture items. This is the reason deep cleaning is such an important part of the process in dealing with the causes of an allergy sufferer's symptoms. 

Carpets

Carpets can be vacuumed with a unit which has a HEPA filter to prevent dust from going airborne during the cleaning process. Carpets need to be periodically shampooed but it should be done with 

Linens

As we said earlier, pet dander clings to fabric. But, allergens in general collect in sheets, towels, and area rugs. These can be washed and dried, but drying should be done in the dryer to prevent more pollen and dust to collect on them. Scented soaps and dryer sheets should be avoided.

Sometimes, families don't have the extra funds to have a housecleaning service come every week or two. Realistically, having a professional visit periodically for a deep cleaning will help an allergy situation enormously, even if it isn't a regularly scheduled event. A deep cleaning might alleviate many allergies symptoms. So, if you suffer from allergies, give us a call or schedule a visit. You'll be glad you did!

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