Could Upholstery Cleaning Help Alleviate Your Allergies?

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While those who suffer from allergies find they're sensitive to allergens for life, there are ways to manage the problem at home. Two common causes of asthma attacks and allergic rhinitis in those who are susceptible are dust and dust mites. Using upholstery cleaning, managing your allergy at home could become easier.

How do you know if dust is triggering your allergies?

Dust is difficult to see and is present even in homes that are cleaned regularly. If you experience itching eyes, sneezing, or a stuffy and itchy nose while in your own home or someone else's, dust could be one of the culprits. This is even more likely if you experience such symptoms while cleaning.

Why is upholstery cleaning useful for allergies?

House dust mites like to live in warm conditions and feed off human scales, which means they particularly enjoy living in furniture. The upholstery cleaning process doesn't just focus on making your furniture look clean, it extracts dust that's been gathering there over a period of months. As a result, the deep cleaning process provides immediate relief from symptoms. This is particularly important for areas such as the bedroom, as those who suffer from allergies and asthma are more likely to experience symptoms at night.

What else can you do to prevent your home from triggering an attack?

Dust mites are more likely to thrive in humid conditions, so if you're experiencing a period of humidity consider using a dehumidifier. In addition, allergen-proof covers are available for mattresses and pillows, which prevent dust mites from gathering. It's also worth washing any covers you can remove at over 60 degrees centigrade or above, as this will kill the mites. For those who aren't allergic to pollen, it's always worth keeping windows open during the day, as with more ventilation there's less risk of dust gathering.

When it comes to cleaning, how you clean and the barriers you use can make all the difference. Consider vacuuming once or twice a week and try switching your usual cleaner to one that has a high-energy particulate air filter. Try sticking to rugs and throws that are small enough to wash on a hot temperature in your usual machine, and wear a mask while dusting if you feel the cleaning process triggers your allergies. With regular attention to the environment around you and the upholstery you use on a regular basis, you can reduce the number of attacks you experience.