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6 Tips that Keep Your Office Allergy-Free

office space in a facility where they are analyzing outsourcing or in-house cleaningIt doesn’t have to be spring to bring out the annoying allergy symptoms that disrupt our day and decreases productivity in the workplace.

Vacuum regularly.

It’s easy to cut a regular vacuuming from the budget when funds get tight.  However, a regular vacuuming can reduce or eliminate allergens in office carpeting.  The answer: keep a regular vacuuming on the to-do list for your cleaning company (or employee) or request that your employees add vacuuming to their list of daily tasks that should be done.

Get your ducts cleaned.

Indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and pet dander circulate through office ducts on a daily basis.  To rid your ducts of these allergens, contact a professional to clean all your ducts.

Designate a smoking area.

Cigarette smoke can be a major trigger of allergies, so make sure you designate a smoking area for employees who want to smoke.  Just as importantly, make sure the designated area is away from ducts that can draw the smoke into the workplace.

Get your carpets professionally cleaned.

A professional carpet cleaning not only makes your office carpet look new, but also removes allergens.  To make sure you’re regularly removing the allergens, set a regular carpet cleaning schedule with your cleaning service—annual, biannual, or quarterly (depending on traffic)—that not only removes the allergens but keeps them out of your office carpet all year long.

Monitor room humidity.

Mold is the allergy sufferer’s enemy.  Rooms with humidity above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew, and dust mites, stirring up allergy symptoms and causing respiratory problems.  Monitor your office humidity and take appropriate actions to maintain an ideal room humidity.

 Talk to your cleaning service.

If you have an employee with a specific allergy, or a reaction to certain cleaners, hire a cleaning service that can meet the needs of an allergy-free workplace.  The allergy sufferers in your office will thank you, and so will your bottom line.

Home Winter Cleaning Checklist

washing dishes as part of a winter deep cleanSpring may be the season that comes to mind when you think of cleaning, but winter can be the perfect opportunity to rid your home of all the dust and dirt that builds up when you’re stuck inside (a winter cleaning is also ideal for families with allergies since you’re inside a lot).  As an added bonus, getting all your deep cleaning done over winter can give you a lot more time to enjoy the beautiful weather in spring!  If you don’t want to take on this winter home cleaning checklist, contact the cleaning pros that can deep clean your home this winter so you’re ready to head outside when the weather warms up.

Mudroom

___Organize.

___Wash your walls.

___Clean the trim and doors.

Kitchen

___Deep clean your floors.

___Wash your walls.

___Scrub your backsplash tile.

___Wipe down cabinets.

___Clean behind appliances.

___Clean the trim and doors.

Living Areas

___Vacuum carpet.

___Deep clean your floors.

___Wash your walls.

___Clean the trim and doors.

Bedrooms

___Clean carpets.

___Wash your walls.

___Clean the trim and doors.

___Clean ceiling fans.

Bathrooms

___Deep clean floors.

___Wash your walls.

___Scrub tile.

___Clean the trim and doors.

___Clean bathroom fan.

Basement/Attic

___Declutter and organize.

7 Ways to Clean Your Indoor Allergies Away

young woman sneezing into a tissue with really bad indoor allergiesSneezing, wheezing, runny nose…we’ll just say it: indoor allergies are unpleasant.  That may be an understatement, but a clean home is a home that doesn’t aggravate your allergies.  Unfortunately, even the act of cleaning can set you off, unless you use these housecleaning tips that keep your indoor allergies at bay.

Vacuum with the right vacuum cleaner.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, add this criterion to your list next time you buy a vacuum cleaner: an allergy sensitive vacuum. For best results, choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter or double bag to ensure that you can vacuum the allergens away—without having an allergy attack.  Once you have your new vacuum cleaner, vacuum often to rid your home of allergens.

Take precautions when you clean.

As you clean, make sure you use precautions so you don’t have an allergy attack.  Wear a mask and gloves to get your home clean without sneezing and wheezing.  If those precautions don’t help, or cleaning becomes a repeated allergy attack, hire a home cleaner to rid your home of allergens.

Get your ducts cleaned.

It’s bad enough to have common household allergens in your bed or on your floor.  It’s another to have them circulated and re-circulated throughout your home.  Fact is, indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, and pet dander (which can be present in your home even if you don’t have pets!) can circulate throughout your home through air ducts on a daily basis.  To rid your ducts of these allergens, contact a professional to clean your ducts.

Buy a new furnace filter (or a new furnace).

A new furnace filter can be the answer to your allergy issues.  Furnaces catch anything in the air, such as skin cells, pet dander, dust mites, and other small particles.  Filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) do not allow these finer particles to pass, effectively removing allergens from the air. Be careful about purchasing the right furnace filter though.  Filters with high MERVs (the max is 16) can put excessive pressure on your furnace fan and can damage your furnace. If you are considering a filter with a high MERV, contact your HVAC company so they can make adjustments to your system so it can accommodate a high MERV filter.

Get your carpets professionally cleaned.

A professional carpet cleaning goes above and beyond a regular vacuum or a rental carpet cleaner at your local hardware store.  A professional carpet cleaning not only makes your carpet look new, but also removes allergens.  To make sure you’re regularly removing the allergens, set a regular carpet cleaning schedule—an annual or biannual—that not only removes the allergens but keeps them out all year long.

Keep your home’s humidity low.

Mold is the allergy sufferer’s enemy.  Rooms with humidity above 50 percent can breed mold, mildew, and dust mites, stirring up allergy symptoms and causing respiratory problems.  Monitor your home’s humidity and use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity of your home low.  Avoid drying laundry inside that can add moisture to the air.

Wash your linens in hot water.

Some of the most common indoor allergens can be found in your sheets and towels.  Wash your linens in hot water to get rid of allergens, and change them out frequently.  If just thinking about these cleaning tasks makes your eyes itch, hire a professional to clean your home of dirt and allergens.