No matter how clean you think your home is, it's still likely to harbour several common allergens that can adversely affect your family's health. But what are these allergens and how could having your carpets cleaned professionally help? Read on to find out more.
Indoor allergy symptoms
Indoor allergy symptoms are often mistaken for a common cold. These symptoms often include the following:
- a runny nose with clear, watery secretions
- itchy eyes
- symptoms that linger for more than a few days
If you or your family suffer from any or all of these symptoms while you are at home, but note that they seem to go away when you're outside, then it's likely that they are caused by allergens.
What allergens are to blame for these symptoms?
There are a number of common allergens found in your home;
Dust: Dust can comprise a wide range of different particles, ranging from minute bits of skin, soil, food, fibres, insects or plants. Any one of these substances could trigger an indoor allergy.
Dust mites: Dust mites are tiny creatures that live on dust. Their droppings can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other chronic lung conditions, such as emphysema. Although dust mites can be found anywhere in your home, they are most numerous in your carpets.
Mould: In areas of your home where humidity levels are high, such as your bathroom, mould can begin to grow. Mould and mildew are primitive plants that shed minute spores in order to spread, and it's these that can trigger indoor allergy symptoms. It's worth noting here that carpets left over-wet by poor DIY carpet cleaning can remain damp for long periods, offering a perfect environment for mould.
Pet dander: The term pet dander refers to particles of dead animal skin and hair. The allergic reaction you might suffer is actually caused by a protein found in animal saliva, rather than by the hair itself. Your cat or dog grooms and licks itself, the saliva sticks to the animal's hair that then falls out onto the carpet, together with fragments of skin.
How to effectively combat indoor allergens
As you move around your home, you trigger an invisible, mini dust storm from your carpets. Allergens swirl around in the air, you breathe them in, and your nose starts running or you suffer an asthma attack.
Obviously, vacuuming regularly is important, but the only sure way of keeping your home clear of allergens is by having your carpets, rugs and upholstery deep-cleaned regularly by a professional firm of carpet cleaners.
You can keep your home allergen-free by having your carpets professionally deep-cleaned every year by a company like You'll Say Wow Carpet Cleaning. This not only helps to keep your carpets fresh and hygienic, it can improve your family's health too.