Rug Guide to Preventing Allergies

For those who suffer from allergies, the changing of the seasons can be quite a painful transition. Journeying outdoors can result in itchy eyes, running noses, and sneezing from the pollen, mold, and various allergens in the air. Unfortunately, staying indoors does not always provide a reprieve, as dust can infiltrate filters and outdoor allergens can infiltrate windows and doors. Add to this the fact that fabrics and textures- like furniture and rugs- trap the allergens within your home, and indoors can be quite insufferable!

To help alleviate allergies within the home, consider the following guide to ensure you have the best hypoallergentic products and methods in your home.

1. When purchasing a new rug, look for naturally hypoallergenic materials. Many organic and all-natural fabrics, such as silk and bamboo, are more resistent to allergens settling within their fibers, and can therefore prevent dust and pollen trapping. Plus, they can be easier to shake out and clean. Wool is another material that is all natural, and those with traditional seasonal allergies may find it useful and easy to clean. If you have a wool alergy, consider acrylic rugs that will achieve a similar feel as wool without the sneezing effect. Besides all natural fibers, look at the weave of the rug. Flat weaves will be less fluffy and more resistent to allergens settling in their fibers, plus they won't shed as much, leaving fewer particules floating through the air.

2. Clean your rugs and fabrics well. There are many anti-allergy cleaning products out there, and many more that are environmentally friendly as well. Check out sites like Online Allergy Relief. Wash rugs and fabrics in hot water to ensure all germs are killed, and dry them in a dryer (not outside where they can collect pollen). You can also stick with all natural cleaning agents like baking soda and vinegar for a thorough clean without the chemicals that could irriate your sinuses and senses even more!

3. Clean your rugs and fabrics often. Vacuum often, even every day for high traffic areas. You can find vacuums that help control allergens, and be sure to clean out the filters regularly. When you wash rugs and bedding, be sure to dry them right away to prevent mold. To help reduce the amount of cleaning needed, keep pets off beds and furniture, and you can even institute a no shoes policy in your home, which can help prevent the spread of outdoor allergens throughout your home and rugs.

4. Be careful where you store your rugs. Places like basements and attics can be damp and dusty, which creates a hotspot for allergens like mold and dust. Try to store unused rugs in dry areas, like the top shelf of a linen closet. If you must store them in an unideal location, make sure to shake them out, vacuum them, clean and dry them well before placing them throughout the home.

Follow some of these helpful hints, and you may find your home and rugs to be much more enjoyable during the changing of the seasons!