The Most Common Indoor Allergens (And What to Do about Them)

May 24th, 2019
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When we think of springtime, we often think of allergies.  Indeed, this is the time when seasonal allergies are at their peak but did you know that many allergens are present all year around?  And did you know that even staying indoors won’t protect you from coming into contact with allergens?  That’s because there are a number of allergens that exist inside your own home and even diligent housekeeping won’t completely get rid of them.  If you’re concerned about indoor allergens, here is some information about the most common types and some suggestions from the professionals at JMS Enterprises about what you can do to keep them in check.

Pollen

You’re already aware that pollen is a major allergen that peaks in the spring, and while that is true, pollen is something that can be found in your home at any time of the year.  Pollen can find its way indoors through small cracks, open windows, and by hitchhiking on your clothes.  Once pollen gets inside your home, it can easily get sucked into air ducts or fall deep into the shag of your carpet where it will end up getting stirred up over and over again throughout the year.

Pet Dander

“Dander” is just a polite term for the dead skin flakes, hair, oil, and other particulate matter that our furry friends shed every minute of every day.  While most people do not have an allergic reaction to these particles, some can experience adverse effects like sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath whenever they’re around pet dander.  It’s also important to note that prolonged exposure to pet dander can cause a person to develop an allergic reaction even if they never had allergies before.

Dust Mites

It may not be pleasant to think about, but there’s a whole world of microscopic critters living inside your home.  Tiny animals like dust mites feed on food crumbs and dead skin flakes, and their favorite place to take up residence is deep in your carpet fibers, furniture, air ducts, and anywhere else dust tends to gather.  While these dust mites aren’t harmful, they can trigger asthma symptoms or cause an allergic reaction in some people.

What to do about Indoor Allergens

If you want a clean, healthy home, keeping indoor allergens in check is crucial.  Regular dusting and vacuuming can definitely help but you’ll need to do some deep cleaning if you want to get to the root of the problem.  JMS Enterprises offers a number of services that can help get rid of indoor allergens, including carpet cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, area rug cleaning, air duct cleaning and more.

Our gentle steam carpet cleaning methods get deep into carpet fibers to get out pollen, dander, dust mites, mold spores, and all sorts of other allergens without damaging your carpets.  Upholstered furniture cleaning not only keeps your chairs and couches looking great, but it also keeps allergens at bay and an air duct cleaning every 2-3 years will eliminate indoor allergens from your ducts so they don’t get recirculated around your house.  If you live in Bucks County or Montgomery County, PA and you need any of these services, call the experts at JMS Enterprises today by dialing (215) 706-0188!  We’ve got over 37 years of experience keeping homes in our area clean and healthy, so you can be sure we’ll be able to solve all your indoor allergen problems.