RAGWEED IN THE FALL
Fall in our North Carolina mountains is beautiful. However, many allergy suffers dread the Fall allergy season. The primary culprit of Fall allergies is ragweed pollen. 17 different species of ragweed are found throughout the United States. They frequently cause sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, nose and throat, or worsening of asthma symptoms. Carpet cleaning will help!
How much harm can one ragweed plant do?
A single ragweed plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains over the course of a pollen season. These grains are very light weight. They float easily through the air and have been detected as far away as 400 miles out to sea and 2 miles up in the atmosphere. Fall allergy symptoms used to start in mid-August and run through September. However, in many parts of the country these symptoms now begin in early August and extend through October. Rising temperatures and higher carbon dioxide levels due to climate change may contribute to longer growth time of allergen-producing plants. Also, this year’s record rainfall and extended warm weather late into the Fall are contributing factors.
What about Carpet and Allergies?
Over the past few years, people have been led to believe that carpet aggravates allergy symptoms, by harboring dust and pet dander in the fibers. However, studies around the world have come to a different conclusion: carpet actually decreases harmful particles in the air by trapping them in the carpet. Carpet not only adds warmth and comfort to any room, it also helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants – with good carpet cleaning. Properly cleaned carpet is a better choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma, but the catch is you have to vacuum!
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!
Regularly carpet cleaning with your vacuum removes the particles from the surface of the carpet, so they can be disposed of. Simply walking on or sweeping hard surface flooring such as laminate or hardwood puts the harmful particles back into your air. What falls to the carpet (including allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants) tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed. Properly cleaning carpet provides improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment. Regular vacuuming with an efficient vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe. Effectively cleaning your carpets is the best way to combat allergies and raise indoor air quality.
Here are some tips to help you vacuum effectively:
• Vacuum regularly and thoroughly. It is simply the best and easiest way to care for your carpet, with the added benefit of improving indoor air quality.
• Use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick once-over doesn’t do much!
• Don’t ignore the corners or crevices where dust builds.
• Use the proper attachments to clean those difficult to reach areas.
• Clean from the top-down! Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first, then vacuum.
• Remember to empty vacuum canisters or change bags when they are half to two-thirds full.
Professionally deep clean your carpet every 12-18 months.
If you have pets or children, professional carpet cleaning may be needed more often. Some pets (and kids) produce more mess than others! Also, remember that rugs and upholstered furniture can hold allergens as well. Give the couch cushions a couple of good hard whacks in some direct sunlight – you might be shocked at how much dust comes flying up in the air!
Don’t steam clean — use CitruSolution!
CitruSolution is a low moisture carpet and rug cleaning process. “Steam cleaning” often leaves so much moisture behind in the carpet pad that it can cause mold growth — yet another allergy causing substance! CitruSolution is also a natural, non-toxic, but extraordinarily powerful allergen destroying product. Steam cleaning leaves behind a sticky soap residue, and that will cause more allergens and dirt coming into your house on pets and people’s feet to stick to it and not come up when you vacuum. You’re actually paying to make the problem worse with steam cleaning! CitruSolution destroys that sticky soap residue, so your vacuum works better, and your home stays cleaner longer, and naturally smells great!