An allergy to dust mites is no sneezing matter – or perhaps it is. Common symptoms include sneezing, stuffy nose and red, itchy eyes. For some, these allergies even mimic asthma. Mold and mildew allergies cause many of the same symptoms along with wheezing, skin irritation and rash. For those with household allergy sensitivity, prevention is the best course of action. Long-term contact can lead to worsening allergies as well as health issues such as sinus infections, lung disease and even depression.
How to combat these and other household allergies
Vapor steam cleaning prevents household allergies by reducing dust mites, mold and mildew. Dust mites lurk in upholstery and carpets, living off skin cells, pet dander and even pollen carried in from outdoors. Mold and mildew thrive in moist bathrooms as well as windowsills and cooking areas. Vapor steam cleaning uses steam to penetrate fabric as well as attack mold and mildew on hard surfaces such as kitchen and bathroom floors.
Why vapor steam cleaning? It’s all in the heat
Vapor steam uses high temperatures to kill dust mites. Water becomes vapor at 100 C (212 F) and these temperatures are capable of killing dust mites, mold and mildew, which are common sources of misery for many allergy sufferers. Because the vapor steam contains low moisture concentration, dust mites and mold lack a moist environment for initial new growth (moisture being critical to their survival). Typical “steam cleaning” uses only very hot water and leaves behind high moisture content, which is an ideal starter environment for dust mites and mold. Standard steam cleaning does not use steam.
Hold the chemicals, please
Vapor steam cleaning also prevents allergies without using chemical products. Chemical cleaners leave behind toxic residue that can cause irritation. These irritations include burning eyes, runny nose and irritated skin – the same as the allergy itself. Vapor steam cleaning is an ideal method for those with chemical sensitivities or those simply wishing to reduce chemical contact.
To combat household allergies, turn up the heat, lower the moisture and hold the chemicals, please. Reduce indoor pollution for a healthier, happier life.