21 Apr Does Pollen Damage Carpet and Furniture Fabrics?
The Problem With Pollen
As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets brighter, it’s tempting to open up the windows and let the fresh air into your house. That’s a great idea, but it can have one big drawback. At this time of year, pollen is everywhere. How can you keep your house free from pollen’s most harmful effects?
The Trouble With Pollen
Pollen is generally harmless to people, and it is necessary to keep flowers and crops growing. But if you’re among those who suffer from pollen-related allergies, you could be inviting a lot of trouble into your house. Here are some ways that pollen can cause problems.
Permanent pollen stains. Pollen stains from certain flowers with prominent stamens can cause stubborn yellow stains to stick to your carpet or upholstery fibers. These stains are extremely difficult to remove, so your best approach is prevention. To minimize this problem, you can remove the stamen tips from the flowers in your bouquet. This will actually increase their life and save your house from staining. It’s a win-win.
If you already have the telltale yellow grains in your carpet or upholstery, proceed carefully. Trying to rub and scrub will just drive the pollen grains deeper into the fiber. Instead, take the fabric and shake it outside if possible, or use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the dust. Follow up with professional cleaning.
Toxicity to animals. The pollen from lilies can be toxic to cats and dogs. If you have lilies in your home or garden, be vigilant about keeping your pets from eating them or ingesting the pollen. Lily pollen can cause fatal poisoning to cats and stomach upset in dogs.
Allergic reactions. Pollen in the air of your home can irritate asthma and allergy symptoms. To minimize these reactions, keep the pollen count and dust levels down in your home. Use nontoxic cleaners that don’t contain irritating chemicals.
Clear the Air
You can keep the harmful effects of all allergens at bay by keeping to a regular cleaning routine. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, keeping your home clean and dry is the ticket to keeping allergic reactions at bay.
- Vacuum and dust twice a week will keep dust, dander, and allergens to a minimum.
- Use air purifiers.
- Keep floors and shelves free of dust-collecting clutter.
- Cover your beds and furniture with hypoallergenic sheets.
- Change the air filters on your HVAC system.
- Get your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned to ensure that you’re removing dust mites, dander, and pollen from deep within the fibers.
- Remove mildew as soon as you spot it.
Get Help to Get the Pollen Out
Pollen and other outdoor allergies are just part of what can make your home a little less healthy. Pollen stains will sink into the fibers of your carpet and upholstery. If you don’t take it out thoroughly and carefully, the problems and the stains will continue to build up.
A nontoxic, professional cleaning system like PureScience can get your carpet and upholstery clean and healthy. With PureScience from CarpetKeepers, you get:
- Complete removal of pollen grains and stains.
- Eradication of dust mites.
- Removal of mildew, allergens, and toxins.
- Conditioning of fibers to leave them fresh and soft.
Removal of all odors
If pollen is causing problems in your home, contact Carpet Keepers today. We’ll get all the allergens out and leave your home sparkling with freshness and health.