Can professional carpet cleaning reduce winter allergies?

Carpets trap allergens. Therefore, allergy-sufferers need to clean their carpets regularly to avoid allergy flare-ups. At DryTech Carpet Cleaning Sydney, we have residential cleaning services tailored to combat seasonal allergies.

How Often Should You Have Carpets Cleaned If You Have Allergies?

We recommend deep cleaning your carpet once, if not twice, per year. Individuals prone to asthma or who are allergic to dust, mould, pet dander or pollen should consider having their carpet deep cleaned three to four times per year.

Any cleaning process can stir up particles and aggravate allergy symptoms. Having professionals clean for you can reduce increased exposure to particulates. If you have asthma, itchy eyes, rhinitis, eczema or other allergy symptoms, here is some pertinent information on reducing allergens in your home.

Dry cleaning or steam cleaning?

Carpet Steam Cleaning Vs Carpet Dry Cleaning

Both methods of cleaning are effective.  The difference is in the amount of water used.  Both methods will require a pre-vacuum of the carpet.  Pre-vacuuming is an important step as it removes all surface, dirt and grime before the more complex process of extraction and deep cleaning can commence.

Carpet Dry Cleaning

In carpet dry cleaning, after pre-vacuuming, the carpet is treated with a carpet dry cleaning solution – usually an absorbent compound that is sprayed onto the carpet.  The solution contains a small amount of water, an absorbent carrier, detergent and a solvent.  The solution breaks down the oily residue in the carpet which traps dirt in the carpet fibres.  Once the oily residue is removed, trapped soil, dirt and other pollutants can be easily removed.

The next step involves a rotary machine with cotton absorbent pads immersed in hot water to rinse and condition the carpet.  The machine is spun around the carpet at high speed lifting dirt and dust off the carpet fibres and onto the cotton pads.  The pads are changed continuously during the carpet dry cleaning process.

Carpet Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, on the other hand, uses hot water injection to deep clean the carpet.   After pre-vacuuming, a pre-spray is usually applied to the carpet, prior to the carpet steam cleaning process.  Some professional carpet cleaners may agitate it with a micro-fibre pad.  This is followed by an injection of hot steam using a high-powered hot water extraction machine.

Steam cleaning is like a large vacuum cleaner sucking up deeply ingrained dirt and grime from carpet fibres but with water.  Professional carpet steam cleaners may use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the carpet fibres if they are damp.

To reduce allergens and bacteria – steam clean your carpet

Steam cleaning is the most effective ways to remove harmful allergens (like dust mites, bacteria, dust and debris) from your carpet.  Steam cleaning uses heated steam that can eradicate mould and viruses from the carpet surfaces.  If you have young children, pets or elderly parents living in your home, professionally steam cleaning your carpets once a year is one of the most effective ways of making the home safe for them.

The best way to steam clean your carpets is to hire a professional carpet steam cleaning company like DryTech Carpet Steam Cleaning Sydney.  A professional carpet cleaner have the right equipment and the best expertise to do a thorough job.

Regular Maintenance

Some believe that carpets help reduce allergy symptoms by absorbing the particles. The carpet acts as a barrier or filter. However, the particles need to be removed regularly, or they will increase allergic reactions. Vacuuming removes the particles from your home and carpet. It is recommended to vacuum at least once a week and up to three to four times a week in allergy season or high-traffic areas.

A High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter is also available on many vacuums and can trap allergens. Vacuums without HEPA filters allow the allergen particles to escape and resettle in the room. There are also double-thickness bags that work similarly to HEPA filters.

Seasonal Carpet Maintenance

Having your carpets professionally steam cleaned is another way to remove allergens. The high heat from the steam kills dust mites. If you are allergic to dust mites, keep your home well ventilated and dry. The room’s humidity should be below 50 percent. In some seasons or locations, this may be challenging. Plants and fish tanks increase humidity. If you suffer from dust mite allergies, consider removing plants or fish tanks.

Rented Carpet Cleaners VS. Professional Carpet Steaming

It is best to let a professional cleaning company shampoo or steam your carpets. Rented steamers and shampooers are often not as powerful as professional machines. They may not be adequately maintained and cleaned. Improperly cleaned machines can lead to more contaminants on your rugs.

Protect Against Mould

Mould is another common allergen. Wipe up spills or wet spots immediately and completely. Any humidity trapped under the carpet is a breeding ground for mould and mildew. If you are unsure how to or unable to dry an area, call Canadian Carpet Cleaners.

Other Tips to Combat Allergies:

Leaving windows open for long stretches allows pollen, dust and other particles to enter the home. However, opening your windows for at least 10 minutes per day cleans the air and prevents mould, mildew and mite build-up.

When possible, avoid heavy drapes or excess textiles in the home.

Easily wiped surfaces like plastic, glass, wood, metal or leather are preferred over textile surfaces.

Remove excess items, especially soft items like stuffed animals, wall hangings or knickknacks.

Trust a Reputable Carpet Cleaning Team

However, the top tip for combating seasonal allergies is to properly clean your carpet using a reputable carpet cleaning company like DryTech Carpet Cleaning. We offer professional carpet steam cleaning in Sydney CBD, Inner and Outer Sydney Suburbs.   Our team of carpet cleaning professionals can help reduce your seasonal allergies with tailored carpet cleaning services. Get in touch with our team today to book your next cleaning.

Drytech Carpet Cleaning is one of Sydney’s best domestic and commercial floor and carpet cleaning companies.  For more information about our wide range of services or a free quote call: 0408 578 918 or email: info@drytechcarpetcleaning.com.au

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