If you are a frequent allergy sufferer, a lot of what is contributing to your allergy woes is the allergens that are found in your carpet. Keeping your carpet clean and controlling how many allergens can enter your home and become trapped in your carpet fibers can go a long way toward reducing your allergy symptoms. Also, the type of carpet you own affects how well the carpet traps allergens.

Vacuum Your Carpet

First, most carpets can help reduce the symptoms of allergies in the first place. Carpets serve as filters that capture allergens, keeping them out of the air. Simply vacuum high-traffic areas everyday and vacuum low-traffic areas weekly to remove the allergens from your carpet. Use a vacuum that comes with a HEPA filter.

Use a Hot Water Extractor Periodically

Also, if you use a wet/dry vacuum that uses a cleaning chemical designed specifically to remove allergens, you can further reduce the number of allergens in your home. Mix the cleaning chemical with hot water while following the instructions on the label. Place the hot water and cleaning chemical in the reservoir intended for holding it and turn the hot water extractor on. Press the lever that releases the cleaning chemical until the floor is damp. Then, run the vacuum over the floor to suck up both the cleaning chemical and carpet dirt.

Choose a Carpet That is Hypoallergenic

The best carpeting is that which resists the dirt, mildew and moisture that contributes to allergies. These include olefin and nylon carpets. These carpets are often marketed as being hypoallergenic, so look for this word on the label.

Be Prepared to Clean Shag Carpet and Hardwood Floors More Often

Shag carpeting, in contrast, can be less suitable for allergy sufferers because the smaller strands cause the allergens to not become trapped in the carpet. But shag carpets are still better than hard surfaces that do not trap allergens at all. Either way, when you walk on the floor, small puffs of allergens float into the air and can then exacerbate your allergies unless you regularly clean your floor.

Keep Dirt and Allergens Out

Removing the amount of dirt that enters your home in the first place will keep allergens from finding their way into your carpet. Use air ventilation systems that use filters and change the filters regularly so that dust and dirt does not build up on the filter. Limit the amount of time that doors and windows are open. Use floor mats so you can wipe your shoes off rather than tracking allergens onto the carpet.

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