As the leaves start to fall and the season brings sometimes unexpected wet weather to the area, many of us begin to experience fall allergies. The biggest offenders are ragweed, mold and dust mites.
Ragweed is known to be one of the biggest causes of fall allergies. In most parts of the country, ragweed will continue to release pollen into November.
Mold is another major cause of allergy symptoms. Piles of wet leaves and damp areas inside and outside the home are places where mold can rapidly develop.
Dust mites, become eager to get out of the cooler temperatures will migrate into our home and accumulate in all of our most comfortable places like furniture, beds, rugs, and carpet.
Don’t get nervous, with some good planning and organization, it can be relatively easy to deal with these issues and minimize the impact of fall allergies. Here are a few tips to keep you one step ahead:
- Clean all vents and air filters in your home prior to turning on your heating system.
- Keep on a regular schedule of dusting your home and use a damp cloth which helps contain the dust instead of spreading it around.
- Wash your sheets and bedding on a regular basis.
- Keep shower curtains clean. Keep in mind the bottom edge of fabric shower curtains is the number one spot for mold to grow.
- Vacuum as often as possible with a HEPA-filter machine if you can.
- It’s good practice to have your carpets, rugs, and upholstery cleaned by a professional regularly. For carpets, 1-2 times per year is recommended. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for the holidays and remove dirt, bacteria, and other allergens.
Contact George Ayoub Carpet & Rug Care today at (703) 356-6186 and let us wash away unwanted allergens.