Spring is right around the corner, and allergy season is coming with it. Between our many waterways and two of New York’s most prominent state parks just down the street, Congers is especially positioned for high pollen exposure. However, even as we’re looking to mother nature for relief, there’s another culprit that tends to remain hidden from view: your home’s carpet.
Those fibers serve to hide a variety of allergens from plain view, ultimately worsening the impact of spring’s allergy season. Unfortunately, a simple vacuum cleaning may not be enough to effectively remove all particles from your home. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to help maintain a healthy home throughout allergy season.
Allergy Friendly Carpet
Contrary to popular belief, those suffering from asthma or sensitivity to allergens don’t actually need to avoid carpet flooring. In fact, according to a study conducted by The Airmid Healthgroup, properly maintained carpets can actually help serve as an air filter for your home, trapping particles that normally trigger allergies. Of course, periodic removal of these materials is necessary to prevent buildup over your carpet’s backing.
Vacuuming The Right Way
While vacuuming may not be enough to remove all allergens, doing so regularly can help prolong the need for professional cleaning. Vacuums featuring HEPA filters are recommended, as they’ll prevent even the finest particles from reentering the air while cleaning. So make it a point to vacuum your carpet once per week.
Choosing A Professional Cleaning Service
Eventually, carpet will need to be professionally cleaned. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell from the surface, but most manufacturers recommend professional cleaning every 18 months. However, those who are particularly susceptible to allergies – or whose homes receive unusually high indoor-outdoor traffic – may need to have their carpet professionally cleaned more often. Just remember, not all professional floor cleaners are the same; many still rely on outdated techniques that are not as effective in removing dirt, allergens and even mold. Worse yet, it can be difficult to tell whether the services of a carpet cleaner actually removed harmful particles since most of them eliminate odors with perfumes (which can also prove detrimental to sensitive people).
Industry Certified Professionals
Fortunately, the industry offers a fairly easy way to vet carpet cleaners: the IICRC certification. Those approved by the IICRC have proven their expertise with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to an industry leader. You can learn more about the certification and proper cleaning techniques in our guide to carpet cleaning.
As for the cleaning process itself, hot water extraction has become an industry standard practice for effective carpet cleaning, and the one that the professionals at CarpetsPlus COLORTILE of New York offer to all clients. Here are a few benefits:
- More effective at removing dirt and oil
- Residue-free extraction
- Prevents odors without perfumes
- Compliant with most manufacturer warranties
To get your home ready for spring, or for expert advice from the top flooring experts in Congers, visit CarpetsPlus COLORTILE of New York today!