Do you suffer from classic allergy symptoms – scratchy throat, watering eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, headaches, or shortness of breath? You’re not alone! More than 20 percent of Americans are affected by allergies and are desperately searching for ways to ease these annoying symptoms. Medications can help, but according to the Allergy and Asthma Network, removing irritants from your home is a more natural and effective solution.

First and foremost, you need to identify what you are allergic to before you can start tackling the issue. The most common offenders are dust mites, mold, pollens, and pet dander. Why make changes at home if it’s not going to help your unique situation?  Once you know what allergens in your home are really getting to you, then…

Begin with the bedroom. This is a big one for dust, so It’s the best place to start eliminating these allergens. You may need to cover your mattress and pillows to help keep dust mites away. Bonus: if nothing else, you may get a better nights sleep, which is always good.

Splurge on a good vacuum cleaner. To properly remove allergens from your home, you’ll need a vacuum with a HEPA filter. These are specially made to trap tiny particles as small as 0.3 microns, meaning they can catch most allergens.

Change your filters regularly. Follow your manufacturers’ instructions on how often you should change the filters of your heating and cooling system. But, it’s best to change them every 3 months in a common household with no pets.

Have carpets, area rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned at least once a year. We always say it’s not clean unless it’s Zerorez clean! Our patented Empowered Water cleaning system will not only remove irritants & other pollutants that can irritate your allergies, it leaves zero residue and is safe for the entire family (including the furry members).

Get rid of the drapes. Window treatments tend to trap way more allergens than blinds or shades. However, if you love your curtains, opt for the machine-washable type, or remove dust by vacuuming at least once a week with a brush attachment.

Eliminate mold. Did you know there are more than 100,000 species of mold on the planet? Or that their favorite place to live is in your bathroom? Gross! Make sure to clean your bathroom regularly, have it well-ventilated, and always dry surfaces that collect standing water. Also, replace broken tiles and recaulk sinks and tubs every few years to discourage mold growth behind walls. We can help clean and sanitize tile too!

Don’t give allergens a chance to come inside. A great idea is to lay down a doormat at the inside and outside of your entryway. This is really important for the indoor/outdoor living we do here in Tampa Bay. A good doormat or outdoor rug on your lanai will help keep outdoor irritants from finding their way inside the rest of the home. Another option is to have a no-shoe policy inside your home as this will also prevent allergens from spreading around the house.

Allergies be gone! Our pros can help remove irritants deep in those carpets! For more information on our carpet cleaning services in the Tampa, Odessa, and St. Pete area or anywhere in between, give Zerorez a call today at (866) 695-1773.