Keeping Your Home Allergen-Free

Carpet Care
, viruses, spores, dirt, dust mites, allergens and other contaminants can accumulate in carpet fibers. Steam cleaning helps penetrate the carpet’s surface and will remove the dirt that’s trapped in between the layers. If you suffer from allergies, steam cleaning your carpet every three months can help alleviate symptoms.

How to Keep It Clean:

• Steam clean carpets once a year
• Don’t wear shoes inside

Bedroom Basics
The average person spends more than one-third of his or her life in bed, and the average mattress can be a breeding ground for bacteria, allergens and unwelcome critters.

Most people shed approximately 1.5 million skin cells per hour and emit one quart of perspiration every day, even while sleeping. Skin cells accumulate in pillows and mattresses, and attract dust mites. The critters then multiply.

A mattress doubles in weight every 10 years because of the accumulation of human hair, bodily secretions, animal dander, fungal mold and spores, bacteria, chemicals, dust, lint, fibers, dust mites, insect parts, and a variety of particulates, incl uding dust mite feces. After five years, 10 percent of the weight of a pillow is composed of dust mites.

Are creepy crawlies lurking in your mattress?

How to Keep It Clean:
• Replace pillows every year
• Replace mattress every seven years
• Flip your mattress every six months to keep the surface even