Do you or your family members suffer from allergies? Does the change of season see you reaching for tissue after tissue and grabbing your antihistamines? Seasonal allergies can be extremely debilitating, keeping many off work and rushing to their doctors in the hope of a quick cure.

The seasonal allergens causing the itchy eyes, the sniffing, sneezing and wheezing is pollen. During the change of season, the pollen from trees, grass, flowers and plants makes its way into the air and we breathe it in. But, sometimes allergies cannot be blamed entirely on the change of season – these allergens are being nurtured inside of your home.

You may be allergic to your house.

Allergy-sufferers should consider their immediate surroundings if they are experiencing allergy attacks quite often. People susceptible to suffering from allergies, such as asthma sufferers, should be particularly aware of the likes of dust mites in their homes. Furniture such as beds and mattresses are ideal breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria as they are warm, dark and damp areas. Anyone sensitive to allergens will suffer terribly if they are living side-by-side with these critters. If incorrectly diagnosed and thought to be seasonal allergies, the problem will simply persist, whereas if the problem is identified then a solution can be found.

In the home the most common allergens are dust and mould, cockroaches, pet dander and dust mites.

All of these can bring on an allergic reaction no matter whether it’s season change or not. Worst case scenario, you suffer through a household allergy together with seasonal allergies – which will result in you feeling really sick and uncomfortable.

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The good news is that there are ways to reduce the presence of these allergens in your home by following a few simple rules. Here is a good set of guidelines to read through, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic.

Three professional services worthwhile investing in, to ensure your home is allergen-free, are:UV-C treatment, mattress cleaning and the deep cleaning of carpets.

UV-C allergy treatment kills dust mites, while mattress cleaning  cleans beds, linens and other household fabrics. UV-C is a three-step process, which guarantees a deep clean. The vacuum uses a vibrating pad to shake out the dust mites and allergens from the fabric. It then makes use of a high quality UV-C germicidal lamp that kills or corrupts the DNA of the dust mites and the bacteria. A motor vacuum then sucks up the dust and remnants. The vacuum operates with a HEPA (High-efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter which prevents any wayward particles from being released back into your home. This system only kills off dust mites and so works wonders for those who suffer from dust allergies but will not successfully help anyone suffering a pollen allergy.

Deep cleaning your carpets will also eliminate dust mites, mould and mould spores, and allergens from your home. To save on time you can make use of a dry carpet cleaning service as it has a quick turn-around time. Regular carpet cleaning will also prolong your carpet’s lifespan which saves you having to spend money on replacing them. Furthermore, mattress cleaning, deep cleaning, dry carpet cleaning and wet carpet cleaning will eliminate dust particles and dirt that UV-C will not.

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Those who suffer from allergies should assess whether they are truly seasonal allergies or caused by their home.

If you suffer from allergies or suspect that your ‘seasonal allergies’ are in fact an all-year round problem, then you need to assess the allergens that may be present in your home. A thorough clean is one of alleviating allergies, although it may not cure allergies.

The Specialists have recently added UV-C allergy treatment and mattress cleaning to their bouquet of professional cleaning services. Our dry carpet cleaning expertise will also ensure a thorough clean throughout your home. Please contact us directly for a quote. To find out more about keeping your home clean and safe, please browse through our Health and Safety Guide below.

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