No matter how scrupulously clean you think your home is it’s still likely to harbour several common allergens that can adversely affect your family’s health. But what are these allergens and what’s the best way to control them? Read on to find out more.

What are the most common allergy symptoms?

Indoor allergy symptoms are often mistaken for a common cold. They include;

• a runny nose with clear, watery secretions
• itchy eyes
• symptoms that linger for more than a few days

If you or your family suffer from any or all of these symptoms while you are at home, but note that they seem to go away when you’re outside, then it’s likely that they are caused by allergens.

What allergens are to blame for these symptoms?

There are a number of common allergens found in your home;

Dust

Dust can be comprised of a wide range of different particles, ranging from minute bits of skin, soil, food, fibres, insects or plants. Any one of these substances could trigger an indoor allergy.

Dust mites

Dust mites are tiny creatures that live on dust, and their droppings are the main cause of asthma. Although dust mites can be found anywhere in your home, they are most numerous in your carpets.

Mould

In areas of your home where humidity levels are high, such as your bathroom, mould can begin to grow. Mould and mildew are primitive plants that shed minute spores in order to spread, and it’s these that these that can trigger indoor allergy symptoms. It’s worth noting here that carpets left over-wet by poor carpet cleaning techniques remain damp for long periods, offering a perfect environment for mould.

Pet dander

Pet dander refers to particles of dead animal skin and hair. The allergic reaction you might suffer is actually caused by a protein found in animal saliva. Your cat or dog grooms and licks itself, the saliva sticks to the animal’s hair that then falls out onto the carpet, together with fragments of skin.

How to combat indoor allergens

As you move around your home, you trigger an invisible, mini dust storm from your carpets. Allergens swirl around in the air, you breathe them in, and your nose starts running or you suffer an asthma attack.

Obviously, vacuuming regularly is important, but the only sure way of keeping your home clear of allergens is by having your carpets, rugs and upholstery deep-cleaned regularly by a professional firm of carpet cleaners.