Top tips to help reduce allergies at home or in the workplace this summer

 

If you have ever suffered from allergies, you know that they can feel rather debilitating, and what’s worse- they tend to flare up in the summer, ruining your enjoyment of the nice weather! The American Association of Asthma and Immunology defines the word allergy as: “a chronic condition involving an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen.” Those of us who suffer from allergies produce an immune response to what our bodies see as foreign invaders- these irritants can be anything from mould and dust mites in the home or office to pollen brought into buildings from the outside, the latter becoming a particular problem for hay fever sufferers during the summer months.

White blood cells in the body of an allergy sufferer create antibodies in various parts of the body, causing powerful chemicals such as histamines to be produced. These chemicals cause the classic symptoms associated with allergies, such as: itching in the nose, eyes and roof of the mouth, sneezing, congestion, runny nose, tearing eyes and dark circles under the eyes.

Unfortunately, despite the wonders of modern medicine, there is no way to completely stop these symptoms if you suffer from allergies. Many of us buy products such as antihistamines to help minimise the immune response to these foreign bodies, but not enough people think about how they can prevent allergens from interacting with them in the first place. We’ve put together some practical tips to help you do just that!

Remove mould from your bathroom

Mould is one of the major triggers of allergies, and your damp, warm bathroom is an ideal location for it to thrive in! Even with regular cleaning mould can form in various parts of the bathroom. This site has some great advice to help you address this problem.

Get a dehumidifier

Mould doesn’t just form in the bathroom, and prevention is the key to tackling many cleaning jobs. Having a dehumidifier in your home or office will reduce the amount of moisture in the air, which in turn will reduce the risk of mould formation.

Use a fan instead of opening the windows

When you’re stuck in the office on a hot summer’s day it can be tempting to open as many windows as possible in an attempt to cool the place down. It may seem counterintuitive, but on a very hot day it is actually better to keep the windows closed in order to not let the warm air in, and use a fan instead. This can also help with allergies because less pollen and other allergens can be let inside.

Get a decent vacuum cleaner

Getting a vacuum with a HEPA-rated filter is a must if you suffer from allergies. These filters prevent the vacuum from releasing any of the dust you have just sucked up back into the air, ultimately ending up in your nose or the back of your throat!

Have your upholstery and carpets properly cleaned

The other steps won’t mean much for your allergies if you don’t have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned at least once every year, and two or three times a year in high traffic areas such as offices. At 4CityClean we use powerful Hot Water Extraction machines to clean deep into the pile and remove the bacteria, dirt and allergens that can’t be reached with a vacuum cleaner. If you have pollen ground into your carpets or upholstery, it could be the cause of your allergy woes.

We work with many businesses and in many homes across London, and have a great track record when it comes to delivering an exceptionally high level of service to our customers each and every time we are called out. We have nearly 15 years of experience in the industry and our technicians are fully trained and are able to provide references upon request. As well as our carpet and upholstery cleaning services, we also offer other services such as one-off cleaning, after builders cleaning and end of tenancy cleaning.

Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to speak to you about your cleaning needs. Get in touch with 4CityClean today for a free, no obligation quote!

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