Yellow greenish stuff everywhere? The beast is here-Pollen

Yellow greenish stuff everywhere? The beast is here-Pollen

The beast has arrived again. Pollen. Everything is discolored with the icky yellow greenish color. If you live in the south, for a few weeks every year we all drive around with the our cars covered in the yellowish tint praying for rain.

1 in 5 of us suffer from allergies according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  That is a lot of Kleenex! Even if you are one of the lucky ones that pollen doesn’t affect, it is unavoidable and comes into our homes uninvited.

Tips to reduce pollen in your home;

  1. Keep windows closed. I know, the weather is beautiful, but the temptation to open up the windows is counter productive. Yes fresh air is good, fresh air with pollen in your home is bad.
  2. Keep doors closed. Even though screen doors are popular here in the south, pollen comes right on through like the uninvited guest it is.
  3. Remove shoes prior to coming inside your home.
  4. Invest in quality HEPA air filters. Follow manufacturer directions for frequency of replacing, personally, this time of year it is a good idea to change more often than not.
  5. Quick dust between services to control the dust. A swiffer is perfect as it captures dust particles without dispersing them into the air.
  6. Clean your vacuum filters so they can do the job like intended. The filters capture dust, pollen, dirt and all the gross tiny stuff. Cleaning the filters releases these particles so the filter can work better. At Squeaky Clean Inc we change filters between each home and sometimes several times within a home. Make sure your HEPA filter is replaced according to manufacturer directions. BONUS-taking care of the filters help the vacuum to last longer.
  7. Avoid synthetic fragrances in scented candles and detergents as well as heavy chemicals. Consider more natural ways to achieve the same results like we have here at Squeaky Clean Inc.
  8. Deep Clean once the pollen season has subsided is always recommended. Pollen and dust (not to mention lost toys, food spills) manage to find the hidden areas that are hard to get to, like behind large furniture pieces, and those nooks and crannies.
  9. Have carpet cleaned annually. Vacuums, regardless of the brand, can only remove so much debris, professional carpet cleaning with a Truck Mounted carpet cleaning company is a deep cleaning of the soft surfaces.

Pollen season is here and we simply can’t stop it.

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Allergies/Pollen/Spring/Deep Cleaning

More than 50 million Americans (that’s 1 in 5) have some kind of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergies have been on the rise since the 1980s and are the fifth leading chronic disease in the United States. Now, that’s a lot of Kleenex.

From pets to pollen and from food to medicine, people can be allergic to almost anything. Yet one of the main allergy triggers is pretty tough to avoid: your house. Many people find themselves sensitive to all sorts of things found in just about every home: dust, pet dander, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, perfumes and mold.

Here are a few tips on reducing some common allergens in the home from:

  • To cut down on dust mites, use allergen-proof covers on pillows and mattresses and wash sheets, mattress pads and blankets in 130-degree water each week. Put your pillows in the dryer once a week for 45 minutes?
  • If you have pets, you know the pet hair and dander can linger on every surface no matter how often you clean or give Fido and Fluffy a good brushing. A good first step is keeping your pets off the furniture and trying a HEPA air filter to keep the air clean.
  • Vacuum cleaners can play a significant role in ridding homes of allergens – but that’s only if you have a vacuum that has a sophisticated filtration system for collecting and trapping dirt and particles, rather than sucking them up one end and blowing them back out the other end.

Here’s a great article on The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval program. “The program focuses on testing for cleaning effectiveness in vacuums, extractors and deep cleaning systems, and carpet chemicals. To qualify for the seal, extractors must meet stringent standards in soil removal, water removal and texture retention. Vacuums meet standards in soil removal, dust containment and carpet fiber retention. CRI uses NASA-enhanced X-ray fluorescence technology to measure the precise amount of soil removed from the carpet…”

Kind of hard to argue with NASA technology!

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