Is Pollen in the Carpet Common in the Spring?
Ah, springtime. What’s not to love? Who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of a newly blooming garden, and waking up the cheerful sound of birds chirping outside your door? In fact for some people, there are so many things in the spring to look forward to (especially since it’s a nice change of pace from the ‘winter blues’) that it’s easy to forget what the drawbacks of this beloved season are. Pollen is prevalent, which means that if you have carpet in your home, chances are you have pollen—and a possible pollen allergy.
The Presence of Pollen in Your Home
If you’re prone to allergies, you may think the answer is to hide under the covers in your bedroom until pollen season has passed. However, pollen can become trapped in the fibers of your carpet and cause you—and your family members—stuffy noses, coughs and watery eyes.
Pollen comes from pollen grains, which are sporadically everywhere around us since the wind carries them near and far. Chances are if you’re in the habit of keeping windows or doors open (even with a screen to prevent bugs from entering your home) pollen will find a way in. Typically tree or grass pollen, your carpet is often one of the biggest ‘traps’ should you not be proactive in removing it quickly.
Here are some tips to get your home as allergy-free as possible:
- Wear a pollen-proof mask while cleaning. When you have carpet in your home that you want to keep as clean as possible, there’s no rule like vacuuming frequently to get the job done. However, if you or your family member(s) has an allergy to pollen, make spring time the time of year you put on a pollen-proof mask to prevent further irritation. A special mask that will prevent airborne particles from being exposed to you will decrease your reactions (stuffy, itchy nose, chronic cough, etc.) can be purchased at any DIY store, and will minimize your exposure to pollen.
- Increase the frequency in which you dust. Pollen proof your home (in between your regularly scheduled professional cleaning) by dusting often. Dust every few days, or if possible, daily to reduce the impact pollen has on you and your loved ones. Aside from the “normal” pieces of furniture you wipe clean (coffee table, TV, bookshelves), be sure to hit the less obvious places in your home where pollen resides. This can include the blades of your ceiling fans, china, and crystal. Take your time dusting, and be through as this cleaning task is one of the most important ones of all—that is, if you want your home to be as allergy-free as possible!
- Apply sticky tape to pollen stain on carpets and upholstery for a ‘quick fix.’ Sometimes there’s a price to pay for displaying a bouquet of calla lilies in your living room. They can cause stains on to your carpets and precious upholstery. While no at-home remedy is full proof, tape often does the trick (at least until your trustworthy professional cleaning service can arrive!). Simply place the sticky part of ordinary desk tape on the pollen stain, and remove. Apply a new piece of tape when the “sticky” side wear out, and keep applying until the stain is gone.
Do you dread spring time for the fear of how your pollen allergy affects your quality of life? From pollen to dust mites, everyone is susceptible to allergies in the home. So, why not eliminate them at their source?
Chem-Dry doesn’t just clean your home with eco-friendly cleaning products. Their healthy home cleaning procedure makes it so your home isn’t just healthy and happy—but allergy-free as well! Find a local Chem-Dry for a no obligation consultation and learn more about their anti-allergen products today.