Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Steam Cleaning Fabrics

When you have a dust allergy, it can make cleaning very difficult. Vacuuming, cleaning furniture and wiping down hard to access surfaces in particular can release a lot of dust particles into the air, which can set off allergies. This can make breathing difficult, along with making eyes itch and stream and irritating throats and noses. That's why you need to be extra careful when it comes to cleaning your home.

 If the room hasn't been thoroughly cleaned for a long time, it can be extremely difficult to touch anything without disturbing a lot of dust. Dust collects quickly, especially on fabric, but it can be difficult to tell how dusty something is until it's too late. In this case, it might be a good idea to get a professional cleaning team in to sort the room out for you. Professional cleaning tends to work by using the latest cleaning technology to gently steam clean fabrics in situ. This can include everything from carpets to curtains and fabric furniture which would be difficult to move. This is the best course of action if the room has been neglected for some time.

If you are determined to carry out the cleaning yourself, make sure the room is well ventilated. Open the windows and doors and keep them open for the duration of the cleaning. If it helps, wear glasses or even goggles to keep the dust away from your eyes to stop irritation. Remember not to touch your face with your hands, which may have come into contact with dust. If it helps, wear rubber gloves and take them off once you leave the room.

Using a wet cloth to wipe down surfaces can greatly reduce the amount of dust in the air. This is because the particles stick to the damp cloth and don't just get swept off the surface. This also removes the dust rather than simply moving it off the surface. If you prefer to use dry cloths on surfaces such as glass to avoid streaks, opt for one designed to lock in dust. Fabrics resembling suede are often good at holding dust.

Remember that dust can also cling to walls, so wipe this down with a cloth from time to time to remove any particles which may be a hidden source of irritation. Where possible, avoid textured wallpapers and stick to glossy finishes which make it harder for the dust to settle.

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