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Allergy-proof your floors

March 20th officially marked the arrival of spring.  For some of you that means baseball, BBQs and warmer weather – but for others of you it means kissing your sinuses good-bye due to the arrival of allergies.  Never fear, help is here!  I can’t control which allergens you’re exposed to outside of your home but can certainly help you control the allergens within your home.  One of my favorite allergy tips is to allergy-proof your floors. 

 

Ask yourself the following questions:

[  ] Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your home?

[  ] Have you ever gone more than six months without having your carpets professionally cleaned?

[  ] Have you ever gone more than a week without vacuuming or sweeping your floors?

[  ] Do you wear shoes in the house?

 

If you are one of the 50 million Americans who experience allergies and answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above then this article is for you.

 

Studies show that wall-to-wall carpeting contains more allergens than hardwood, linoleum, tile and vinyl flooring materials.  Carpets are harder to clean and thus harbor dust mites, mold spores and pet dander along with residues from insecticides, household cleaning products and cigarette smoke.   I suggest ripping that carpeting out!  If it’s not an option then consider investing in a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter – then vacuum weekly and shampoo your carpets every six months.  You might also want to keep your windows closed and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.

 

Another way to keep your floors allergy-proof is to switch to a ‘no shoes policy’ in your home.  Shoes track grass pollens into the home along with lawn pesticides, mold spores and general street goo.  If you leave an array of socks and slippers by the front door you’ll probably find your guests quite obliging.  

 

Good luck and happy spring cleaning!

 

Sincerely,

Dave

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