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6 Tips for Cleaning the Allergens Out of Your Home

young woman sneezing into a tissue with really bad indoor allergiesAllergies can turn perfectly pleasant days into not-so-pleasant days. The sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes can be a real annoyance, especially when you want to enjoy the warm temperatures. While you can’t get rid of the pollen or other seasonal allergens outside (unfortunately), there are cleaning steps you can take to keep those annoying allergens out of your home (and away from your body!).

Remove your clothes in the mudroom or laundry room before you enter.

The first step to keeping allergens out of the home starts as soon as you get home. Designate an “allergen area” where you can remove your clothes and bag them. Ideally this would be a mudroom or laundry room so the clothes can be laundered immediately. Removing and washing clothes before entering removes allergens on clothing so they are not brought into the home.

Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Regular vacuum cleaning is an important tactic in the allergy sufferer’s arsenal. Vacuuming removes allergens trapped in carpet and on furniture. Research every vacuum cleaner before you buy and select a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (purchase a similar filter for your furnace so allergens are not circulated through the ducts). Vacuum regularly or outsource the task to a service that can stay on schedule.

Wear a mask when cleaning.

As you clean, wear a mask to protect your body from contact with allergens. Use a microfiber cloth which picks up and traps allergens. Make sure that you don’t leave any surface wet; moist environments can breed mold and other allergens.

Regularly launder bedding.

Even with removing clothes before you enter the home, allergens can still be carried into the home. Wash all bedding regularly, or hire a cleaning service to launder and make the bed so you don’t have to come into contact with allergens that cause your allergy symptoms to flare up.

Deep clean flooring.

Carpeting can trap allergens. Allergens can blow around on hard flooring, stirring up annoying allergy symptoms and making you miserable. Deep clean carpets and hard floors at least once a year, or more often if you have respiratory issues. If you don’t want to be present for the cleaning (and sneezing and wheezing and…), hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean floors while you are gone.

Don’t leave any corner uncleaned.

Allergens can get caught in the most unlikely places, so make sure that you don’t leave any corner untouched. Clean under couches, behind corner tables, under appliances, and under beds. Hire a cleaning service to tackle regular cleaning tasks on a regular basis so you can live virtually allergy symptom free.

What are day porter services?

office space in a facility where they are analyzing outsourcing or in-house cleaningDay porter services is a term used to describe a collection of services that keep almost every part of a facility clean and well-kept. Day porters provide behind-the-scenes maintenance without being overt about their duties; they keep every interior and exterior space presentable for clients and customers, and hygienic and neat for employees and visitors.

What are day porter services? What areas of a building are maintained via day porter services?

Day porter services are extensive, and can include (but are not limited to):

  • Picking up trash
  • Washing windows
  • Cleaning restrooms
  • Restocking restroom supplies
  • Mopping lobby floors
  • Power-washing parking lots and sidewalks
  • Cleaning counter tops
  • Removing trash and replacing garbage bags
  • Cleaning benches and dispensers in the parking lot
  • Water plants in containers and pots (interior and exterior)
  • Wiping down cafeteria tables
  • Cleaning kitchen
  • Washing and maintaining patio
  • Cleaning off seats and chairs
  • Conference room/event set-up
  • Alerting management to repairs and facility issues

Day porter services can be used on a daily or as-needed basis, such as during a large conference, grand opening, or customer event. Day porters work in the parking lot, patio, lobby, conference rooms, office areas, restrooms, kitchens, cafeteria, and hallways.

What facilities require day porter services?

Almost every different kind of facility may require day porter services. Some facilities outsource day porter services as a cost-saving measure over the cost of additional staff, while other companies contact cleaning services for event day porter services. Churches, hospitals, retail, and manufacturing facilities all may hire day porter services.

To get quality day porter services, use these guidelines for selecting the right cleaning service for the job. Make a list of day porter services that your company needs, and contact a local cleaning service for a customized, free quote.