common home allergy culprit virginia beachThe age-old advice is to have your carpets cleaned every 3 to 6 months. Unfortunately, that alone won’t help you keep allergens at bay in your home. If you or a loved one experiences allergy symptoms, there are a few important things you can do to help.

First, get yourself an anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for the daily carpet cleanings. Be aware – not all vacuum cleaners are specifically anti-allergy so you’ll need to check. These vacuums will help you have an allergy-free home between professional cleaning appointments.

Know About the Allergens You’re Fighting

In the United States, it’s pretty common to have allergies/breathing problems. In fact, nearly 55% of Americans have allergies or asthma! Of course, common allergies include pet dander, dust mites and ragweed. Most of these common allergens are actually found indoors.

How to Choose The Right Anti-Allergy Vacuum

Having the proper equipment and products is important to keeping the allergies at bay. Find a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter!

Know that allergy-friendly vacuums have a wide price spectrum, but they don’t have to break the bank. Just make sure you get what you pay for. Here are the features that you should look for in your vacuum cleaner:

A HEPA Filter

The acronym HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. It refers to a filter that is microporous so that it can trap small particles of dust, dander and debris. So if your vacuum cleaner doesn’t have a HEPA filter, it will often circulate these tiny particles back into the air. The HEPA filter is vital to trapping large amounts of the annoying and gross particles before they can haunt an allergic person’s immune system.   

Anti-Allergen Seals

Along with the HEPA filter, anti-allergen seals keep the dust trapped tightly inside the vacuum canister, and not in the air you breathe.

Strong Suction Technology

Obviously find a vacuum that sucks – but in a good way! The more suction, the better! Find a vacuum that boasts about its suction strength so that it can lift more small allergens from the fibers of the carpet. If you can, also find one with a suction control feature, which usually means high amounts of suction strength.

Low Emissions

Your car isn’t the only thing that has emissions. Your vacuum emits pollutants while you are vacuuming. Look for a vacuum that has low emissions.

Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergic Reaction Deduction

Now remember that even daily or weekly vacuuming won’t keep allergens at bay, especially during high allergy seasons. You’ll need to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least twice a year, if not more often. When done correctly, professional carpet cleaners will extract deeply embedded dirt, allergens, and bacteria that the regular vacuum can’t reach.

Not all professional carpet cleaners’ methods are equally effective, however. At Southside Chem-Dry in Virginia Beach, VA, we use a proprietary Hot Carbonation Extraction cleaning process that has been tested and proven to removed 98% of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery, as well as 89% of air-borne bacteria!


Keep allergens at bay by vacuuming daily with an anti-allergy vacuum, and call Southside Chem-Dry to deep clean your carpets!