Do you start sneezing, itchy nose, accumulation of mucous in the nose or nose congestion after you are exposed to dusty objects? These are symptomatic reactions that are medically known as allergic rhinitis when chemical reaction occur in your body system after you inhale the particular allergen, such as dust mite, mold, pets dander, etc.
The reaction may seem not serious and non-life threatening but if the disease is not controlled and managed appropriately it may lead to more serious health risk like Asthma. According to Dr Kenny Peter Pang, an ENT Specialist at Pacific Sleep Centre, allergic rhinitis may cause the onset of bronchial asthma symptoms if left uncontrolled for long period of time.
The commonest allergen in Singapore is house dust mite. Many rhinitis sufferers are sensitive to house dust mites. While mattress and pillows are the commonest hiding place for dust mites, do not neglect the carpet or rug that is commonly found in the bedroom, living room and offices.
As carpet can easily store heaps of dirt and dust, carpet is known to be the next favourite hideout for dust mites. To minimise exposure to these allergens, regular thorough carpet maintenance is critical to reduce their presence in the carpet.
How to Maintain Your Carpet
1. Vacuum carpet daily
Regular vacuuming effectively reduces the amount of accumulated dust, dirt particles, dead skin flakes and dust mites in the carpet. Always remember to use good quality vacuum cleaning machines that come with effective high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to ensure extracted dust will not be blown into the air again.
If you are very sensitive and react easily when exposed to dust and dust mites, avoid operating this household task as the fine dust particles tend to stay airborne after vacuuming and your body may react after inhaling them. Wait for about an hour after the carpet is thoroughly vacuumed before entering the room to allow the dust particles settle back on the ground.
2. Regular professional carpet cleaning
Deep carpet cleaning by professional carpet cleaners is able to thoroughly remove embedded dirt, dust, dust mites, mold and other micro organisms – a task that cannot be done by vacuuming alone.
Good professional carpet cleaner thoroughly cleans carpet pile, uplift flattened carpet thus removing trapped dirt particles that are accumulated within. Do not be tempted to cheap offers as carpet cleaning using inferior cleaning products and systems may end up causing the carpet to resoil rapidly and trap more dirt and dust particles after the cleaning treatment.