If you have allergies, you may think you need to get rid of the carpeting in your home to reduce your allergy symptoms. However, you may be able to enjoy the warmth and comfort provided by carpet if you care for it properly. Here are a few tips for carpet maintenance when you have allergies.

Vacuum Regularly

Your carpet acts like a filter that traps dust, pollen, and pet dander. On the good side, the carpet traps allergens and keeps them out of the air, but on the bad side, they are concentrated in your carpet. Therefore, you want to vacuum your carpets often. If you have a pet in the house, you may need to vacuum the pet area every day. The frequency to vacuum depends on how much foot traffic the carpet gets along with the degree of exposure to allergens. For instance, if you keep your windows open, you may need to vacuum under them frequently to keep pollen out of your house.

Since your carpet holds all kinds of allergens in the fibers, you want to be careful about disturbing your carpet. You wouldn't want to sweep it with a broom. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter so the allergens are trapped inside the vacuum cleaner and not dispersed throughout your house. If your allergies are severe, you may want someone else to vacuum, or at least dump the dust and dirt so you have as little exposure to allergens as possible.

Keep Carpet Dry

Wet carpeting is a potential problem if you are allergic to mold and mildew. For this reason, you want to blot spills immediately. Do this by placing a folded towel over the spill and pressing on it to absorb the liquid. Don't rub your carpet because that stirs up allergens and spreads the stain. If liquid is not blotted up right away, it seeps down into the carpet pad. When the pad stays damp, mold can grow and irritate your allergies. For that reason, you may want to install new carpet that has a waterproof backing so water cannot get under the carpet.

If you have a pet, you may not know when wet accidents occur. It's a good idea to keep a black light flashlight on hand so you can check your carpet for pet stains occasionally. You may need to keep your pet off the carpet when you aren't home so you can keep odor and dampness under control.

Get Professional Cleaning

In addition to frequent vacuuming, you should also hire a professional carpet cleaner to deep clean your carpets. This is probably a better choice than renting a machine and cleaning your carpet yourself when you have allergies. The problem with rental machines is they leave the carpet damp. If you don't extract the water thoroughly, you may run into problems with dampness and mold that bothers your allergies.

Professional carpet cleaning, such as from Amer Carpet Cleaners, rejuvenates your carpet and deep cleans it getting rid of odors, dust, dust mites, pet dander, dirt, and pollen. If you have pets in the house, you may want to deep clean your carpets every few months. Even if you don't have pets, you should have your carpets cleaned about once a year, or as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

While it does take some effort to live comfortably with carpets when you have allergies, it is worth it to have the lush, comfortable feeling under your feet when you walk around your house.