Constant sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and a runny, itchy nose are the usual symptoms of allergies and the most common causes of allergies are dirt, dust and other allergens like dander, which is flakes from our pet’s skin and fur. Allergies can be the bane of any adult’s or child’s home life and people often clean out their air conditioners, beds, and shelves to lessen their effects.
However, we often overlook one place where these allergens settle and accumulate – our carpets, and they actually cover the floors of most of our rooms. How can we clean our carpets and avoid aggravating our allergies?
DIY vacuum carpet cleaning
Although we can try to use a broom to sweep away dirt and dust, sweeping has a tendency to just disturb and stir them up. Vacuuming can remove most of the dust and dirt but we have to be careful that the vacuum cleaner does not inadvertently discharge the same allergens it sucks up. It is recommended that the carpet be vacuumed every week and the vacuum cleaner should have a small-particle or HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. The vacuum cleaner’s bags should also be of a special, double thickness. It is also more effective to shampoo the carpet but this is a method that should be done only by professionals to keep your carpet from fading.
Professional hot water extraction
Hot water extraction is a professional carpet cleaning service in which the carpet is pre-sprayed to disperse the dust and soil that has been ingrained into the carpet’s fibres. Cleaning solution and hot water are then driven into the carpet at a high pressure, and at the same time, a powerful vacuum sucks up the hot water together with all the released dust, mud and allergens.
Professional steam cleaning
Steam cleaning, like hot water extraction, is done by professionals. As the name implies, steam is used. The water is subjected to a high temperature until it turns to steam. The cleaning method is similar to hot water extraction, with the carpet pre-sprayed, rinsed with steam, and then the dirt and dust are removed. Nowadays, the terms hot water extraction and steam cleaning are used interchangeably, but the end result is the same, a wonderfully clean and soft carpet you can once more be proud of and relax on.
For most allergy sufferers though, even the task of vacuuming their carpet exacerbates their allergies. But, not to worry, we at AIM Property Solutions can help. We provide first-rate carpet cleaning, deodorizing and carpet stains removal services. Call us today at 1300 072 244 for a fresher carpet and a healthier home.
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