The Benefits of Regular Cleaning for Allergy Sufferers

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Allergies are a prevalent health problem that affects millions of people globally, which express as any of a number of unpleasant symptoms involving problematic reactions to a variety of foreign substances. Some of the most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and different species of unpleasant mould spores, all of which can be found in our living environment. If one is particularly unlucky and sensitive, exposure to these allergens can result in a sneezing fit or watery eyes, irritating wheezy coughs, or in more extreme cases even asthma attacks. The idea is the nature of allergies is much better understood nowadays, and different varieties of allergy have been roughly correlated to corresponding allergenic substances, which provide a solid basis for the development of targeted and effective ways to manage and mitigate their impact. Perhaps the most effective and beneficial of these is regular cleaning, which is what this essay is all about.

If you live in Calgary or the surrounding areas, you’ll quickly learn that keeping a clean home is one of your best allies to combat allergy symptoms. Removing allergens that tend to accumulate over time may provide some relief to those who suffer from allergies, but regularly cleaning to prevent the build-up of various substances that cause allergic reactions means even more relief. This article will highlight the many benefits of regular cleaning to those who suffer from allergies and will tell them why keeping a clean and allergen-free home is so important.

Reduced Allergens

regular cleaning can reduce allergens

Regular cleaning significantly reduces the presence of allergens in the home. Allergens such as 

  • pollen, 
  • dust mites, 
  • and pet dander 

 can collect on carpets, upholstery and other surfaces, and allergy suffers are continually exposed to their concentration. If these areas are cleaned regularly, these allergen concentrations are reduced, therefore minimising the likelihood of an allergic reaction with an allergy sufferer experiencing far fewer sneezing fits and less itchy eyes due to the reduction in allergen concentrations.

Pollen

Pollen grains from trees, grasses and flowering plants can get blown into houses through windows and doors during the spring and summer, then settle and stay on furniture, floors and bedding. Regular dusting and vacuuming will remove these allergens before they can become airborne again.

Dust mites

Dust mites are another allergen that can be kept under control with regular cleaning. Dust mites are tiny microscopic creatures that are most commonly found in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpets. Dust mites thrive in warm humid climates, and if you have been told to avoid natural summer weather, this is one of the reasons why. Dust mite allergen is made up of all the tiny bits that come out of dust mites and is primarily found in their poop. Like many other allergens, having ample amounts of dust mites and dust mite allergen in your home will cause flare-ups of your allergies and asthma. Laundering bedding and curtains once a week in hot water will reduce dust mites. This means having your washing machine set for a hot cycle and placing the clothes in a hot dryer long enough to adequately dry them.  

Pet dander

Cat, dog and other animal dander – tiny flecks of skin shed by animals – is another prevalent allergen, and regular bathing and grooming can help to reduce a pet’s shedding. However, dander can still travel into your environment and settle on surfaces and in the air. Regular vacuuming of carpets and other surfaces, as well as cleaning upholstery and pet bedding, can minimise the level of dander in your home, but you may need to clean more often to keep allergen exposure levels down. For people who are extremely sensitive, it can even be helpful to have bedrooms or other spaces as pet-free as possible.

Eliminate Dust

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Dust is a major contributor to indoor allergens and can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. It is a complex mixture that includes tiny particles of soil, pollen, human and animal hair, textile fibers, paper fibers, and more. Regular dusting and vacuuming are crucial for keeping dust levels under control, thereby minimizing these adverse health effects.

Dust particles can settle on various surfaces, including furniture, shelves, and electronic devices, where they can easily become airborne and inhaled. In homes with carpets, dust can become embedded deep within the fibers, making it difficult to remove with standard cleaning methods. Utilizing microfiber cloths for dusting is an effective way to trap dust particles rather than simply moving them around. Microfiber cloths have electrostatic properties that attract and hold onto dust, ensuring that it is removed from surfaces rather than redistributed into the air.

Vacuuming is another critical aspect of dust control. Standard vacuum cleaners may not capture all the dust and can sometimes release fine particles back into the air. Vacuum cleaners equipped with High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters are particularly effective for allergy sufferers.  

In addition to regular dusting and vacuuming, it’s essential to clean hard-to-reach areas where dust can accumulate over time. This includes spaces behind and under furniture, on top of cabinets, and inside air ducts. Mrs Clean’s residential cleaning services can provide the thorough and deep cleaning needed to tackle these hidden areas. We have the expertise and specialized equipment to ensure that dust is effectively removed from all corners of your home.

For allergy sufferers, maintaining a dust-free environment is not just about immediate relief but also about long-term health benefits. Dust can carry a range of allergens and irritants that can exacerbate respiratory conditions over time.  

Eliminate Mold

mould cleaning in kitchens and bathrooms

Mould thrives in moist and damp areas like bathrooms, basements and kitchens. Mould spores can be easily carried by air, and can cause allergic reactions if they are inhaled. Those who are allergic to mould will suffer from coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, skin irritation and sometimes severe breathing problems after inhalation of mould spores. Cleaning should be done regularly in a house or an apartment to prevent the growth of mould.

Mold can grow easily on

  • walls,
  • ceilings,
  • carpet,
  • drapes,
  • clothing,
  • plants
  • and any other surface at your home or office.

It usually shows up as black, green or white patches, while also giving off a distinctive musty smell. If you don’t want to deal with it, then keep these spaces dry and well-ventilated.

Regular cleaning with mould-resistant products also works well. Solutions that contain bleach, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide kill mould spores, and thus help to prevent regrowth. Cleaners with bleach or vinegar should be used carefully and as directed by the manufacturer, wearing gloves and masks to protect yourself from breathing in mould spores and a harsh cleaning solution.

 If you suffer from allergies, professional cleaning services with mold remediation can offer an added touch of protection: trained professionals know where mold commonly grows, and can do a thorough check of your home, as well as remove any mould that might have formed, and even use a treatment to inhibit future growth.

Tip: In addition to regular house cleaning, attention must be paid to any source of moisture that can promote mould growth. Repair leaky pipes and leaking roofs, and make sure that the ground around your home is adequately drained so that water cannot pool in and around your home. Water damage requires your attention so that the colonies that are vulnerable to moulds cannot take hold. 

Depth and Efficiency

Daily cleaning does not target the hidden residues of allergens and requires skilled and time-consuming practices of thorough cleaning, which contemporary houses do not offer. Spring cleaning (also called Deep cleaning) is a necessary activity that synchronises with a period of the year when days become more rigorous exercise for the human body. Contemporary houses do not allow for it, and, even if they did, they would not be able to support the long hours and days of dedicated cleaning. Professional cleaning of domestic installations provided by Mrs Clean maids offers the depth that can counteract the above effects. Our cleaners can perform even the most difficult cleaning with the tools they use.

For example, air ducts are often forgotten mounting areas for dust and particles. Cleaning your HVAC system on a regular basis using professional duct cleaning services can eliminate dust, pollen, mould spores and other contaminants from entering your home. You can also trap more dust by means of HEPA filters. Deep cleaning behind and underneath furniture and appliances is another great way to remove dust bunnies and potential allergens that can be missed with regular cleaning.

Advanced Techniques and Equipment

deep cleaning services with professional equipment

Overtime, cleaning technology have grown more advanced, making our homes safer from allergens.  Tools – such as HEPA filters, steam cleaners and air purifiers – are now available that can help improve cleaning to achieve better indoor air quality.

  • HEPA filters

HEPA filters isolate 99.97 per cent of particles, as small as 0.3 microns (micrometres, or microns), such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other allergens. All people with allergies should use a HEPA-filter vacuum, thereby capturing allergens that standard vacuum cleaners would otherwise put back into the air. With a vacuum utilising a HEPA filter, you will ensure that allergens will be removed from your floors and carpets, thereby reducing respiratory allergens. 

  • Steam cleaning 

Another hi-tech option is steam cleaning, which has been proven to not only remove allergens but to also kill bacteria and spores. Steam cleaners use water that is heated to very high temperature, which turns into steam that sanitises surfaces. It is extremely effective at killing house dust mites, mould spores, and most bacteria that you have in your home. It’s good for cleaning certain types of floors, mattresses, upholstery, bathrooms – even the oven! The other advantage of using a steam cleaner is that you don’t require any detergents or other chemicals. This makes sense if you or your family suffer from chemical sensitivities or allergies to cleaning products.

Carpet Cleaning Importance

importance of regular carpet cleaning for allergy Sufferers

Carpets are good to design the room and also they can help for make your house more comfortable and warm if it is a cold weather. However, many allergy suffers might complain some carpets, even they have a very beautiful carpets because it easily contain too much dust and allergens.

These allergens must be routinely removed through deep cleaning of the carpet. Vacuuming is certainly part of routine maintenance but it is not always sufficient to remove deeply embedded particles. The same professional carpet cleaning companies that provide regular carpet cleaning services can also steam clean carpets with the use of special equipment designed to remove deeply embedded and hidden allergens from deep within carpet fibres.

Hot water extraction forces hot water and cleaning solution down into the carpet fibres with powerful jets from several different directions, before extracting it and any loosened dirt, dust mites and allergens and other biological toxins, along with it. Steam cleaning utilises the high-temperature steam to not only clean the carpet surface but also to kill off dust mites and mould spores which are often collected deeper in the carpet pile. Steam cleaning is better at removing dirt than regular vacuuming or dry cleaning, and often serves as a boon for allergy sufferers because of the dust mites it kills.

Furthermore, another part of keeping your carpet allergen free is rapid spot cleaning. Spills help to promote the development of moulds which can then aggravate allergic reactions. So it is important to spot clean carpets appropriately in order to remove stains and help keep moisture from building up on the carpet.

Tips for Maintaining an Allergen-Free Environment

tips for allergy-free house maintenance

Regular Cleaning Routine: To stay on top of allergens, it’s essential to have a regular cleaning routine, to remove allergens on a weekly basis, such as dusting, vacuuming and washing the fabrics in your home.

  • Control Humidity: Relative humidity should be below 50 per cent to prevent the establishment of mould. Dehumidifiers should be used in the wet areas and there should be exhaust venting in bathrooms and kitchens.
  • PET CARE: If you have pets, bathe and groom them often to reduce pet dander. Keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture to limit spread of allergens.
  • Air Quality: clean bedrooms and living areas with a vacuum cleaner fitted with HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters; replace HVAC filters every three months; consider using allergen-proof covers on mattresses and pillows.
  •  Pick Hypoallergenic Products containing no coloured dyes, perfumes or fragrances. Try to avoid chemicals that irritate the respiratory system.
  •  Declutter: Minimise clutter in your home to reduce the amount of dust that collects. There’s more dust in messy areas, and that makes cleaning more difficult.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning regularly, reducing allergens, and not letting dust or mold accumulate coupled with using up-to-date cleaning methods improves one’s quality of life. So, it’s much easier to breathe for people with seasonal allergies especially in Calgary Canada and it’s surrounding areas.

Due to the increasing number of allergy sufferers, we at Mrs Clean are offering contactless services for those who experience irritations to dust, pollen, mites, cat, dog and other microscopic particles. Please let us help you! Apply for regular cleaning your allergen-free home! Get 15% off for weekly cleaning services, 10% off for bi-weekly and 5% off once a month. This offer cannot be combined with others. Call us today for a healthier, cleaner living environment for you and your family!

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