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  How proper cleaning can help your allergies

Household allergies are a big problem for many people.  From mold and dust to mites and pet hair, there seem to be many sources of allergy attacks lurking around every corner. However, you can alleviate the effects of these allergens with regular and thorough housecleaning.

Over fifty million Americans alone suffer from allergy-related diseases each year, making allergies the sixth most common cause of chronic illness in the country. There are a numerous common household allergens, and you may not even be aware that you are susceptible to one of them. The most common household allergens include:

Dust mites: These mites are invisible to the naked eye, but lurk in beds, upholstery, and carpets. They lay eggs and produce numerous droppings each day. They can cause such reactions as eczema, rhinitis (symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation) and asthma. It is estimated that around ten percent of the general population and up to ninety percent of those with asthma are allergic to dust mites.

Mold: Places that are dark, humid, and damp are the perfect breeding ground for this allergen. However, mold can even be found in carpets, as well as refrigerators, pillows and other less obvious places. Reactions can include asthma, lethargy, and chronic coughing. It is estimated that approximately 25% of Americans could be allergic to mold.

Pet hair/and/fleas: Pets can produce a variety of allergens, such as dry skin flakes, saliva, hairs, and fleas, which can be heavily spread all over the home. These allergens can trigger reactions, such as asthma, eczema, and rhinitis. It is estimated that fifteen to thirty percent of people that are predisposed to allergies may be allergic to cats and dogs.

Dust: Particles of dust also contain a variety of allergens, from skin particles, mites, bacteria, to others .  Allergic reactions to dust can include asthma, chronic coughing, sneezing, and rhinitis.

Housecleaning entails far more than just a quick flick with the duster and a run around with the vacuum every week. If you really want to keep allergy sources as far as possible, you will need to put in both time and commitment. Having a thorough housecleaning session as a once in a while measure simply isnít enough, as the allergens will simply return. 

The effects of household allergies can be quite nasty, and in susceptible households can produce anything from a topical skin rash to serious respiratory problems. Regular housecleaning can help to get rid of the allergens and reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms as well.  When cleaning the house, you need to address the less obvious places that may be gathering dust, hairs, and other allergens.  Those areas include:

Filters and vents: These trap dust, hairs, and allergens, and cleaning them should be a vital part of your regular housecleaning routine.

Upholstery: Upholstered furniture can be a rife with dust and mites, even though they are not visible to the naked eye. You should vacuum all upholstery and curtains on a regular basis.

Carpet: Although you may vacuum your carpet regularly, you should deep clean it  every few months to really keep the allergens at bay.  Standard vacuuming should be done at least twice weekly, with a quality vacuum cleaner that offers allergen filtration.

You can also complement your housecleaning regime by using a fabric spray, such as Febreeze, on your upholstery and curtains. This treatment can reduce airborne allergy sources by up to 75%. You can also install an air filter system to purify the air within the home.  Air filters can help improve the quality of the air as well as reduce allergens in it.

Housecleaning can be a time-consuming task, but it is a task that is vital to eliminate allergens and keep your home clean and healthy. With todayís busy lifestyle, many people have little time to carry out extensive and thorough housecleaning.  The effective long-term solution is to consider a maid service.  In this way your home will be cleaned by professionals who can use quality equipment and the most effective
cleaning methods. Using a maid service lets you can get on with your life and enjoy the benefits of a home that is clean, allergen-free, and healthy.

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