Avoiding Allergens At Home

Allergens in the home are nothing to sneeze at. In fact, some items you use everyday -- such as pillows, carpets or quilts -- could be what's making you sneeze. Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to reduce allergens in the home.

First, discuss any allergic symptoms you may have with your doctor and ask if you should have an allergy test to determine which irritants you might be sensitive to.

If you are allergic to pollen, you can decrease exposure by keeping windows tightly shut during pollen season.

You may be allergic to your pet. If your allergy is severe, you may need to find your pet a new home and then clean the house thoroughly.

Those with allergies should use pillows and quilts filled with man-made fibers instead of feathers. Check to be sure that the cushions on any chair you buy are not feather-filled.

Make sure your home is as dust-free as possible. Many people are allergic to the mites which thrive in house dust.

Pollens and molds are not just in the air. They can linger in your carpet too, which also holds pet dander and other microscopic pollutants. All these irritants can trigger allergies and other breathing problems.

One way to eliminate the dirt, pollen, mites and other microscopic pollutants is to have carpets and upholstery deep cleaned by a professional cleaner, such as Stanley Steemer.

Stanley Steemer's clean-cut, courteous and professional employees are said to get carpets and upholstery as clean as they can be. Their cleaning specialists remove the dirt, cleaning solution and 95 percent of the moisture so there's no worry about long drying times.

The company offers top quality carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and emergency water extraction services for home, business, RV, boat or airplane. Complete water extraction service is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. For more information, call 1-800-242-4211. (NAPSI)

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