Despite its benefits, aggressive spring cleaning avoided by many consumers
Spring weather has been around for months already, as temperature records across the country have been shattered in the beginning of 2012. The warm weather and low precipitation amounts have also led to an allergy season unlike any we have seen in years.
We now know that allergy season has been worse this year than it has in the past, as a recent Gallup poll found that self-reported allergy symptoms are up consistently since January. Homeowners may go to great lengths to ensure that their homes are keep free of pollen and other allergens, but complete relief may take much more work than that.
Cleaning services provider Stanley Steemer announced the results of its first Spring Cleaning survey, which determined that not nearly enough consumers are opening up their homes to engaging in a deep cleaning. Half of respondents said they would not exceed four hours of cleaning time this spring, while 18 percent claimed they would not spend more than one hour cleaning.
Even then, many of these homeowners only clean noticeable problem spots, even though irritants frequently embed themselves in inaccessible areas where they can worsen allergy symptoms.
"When talking about spring cleaning, there's more than meets the eye – dirt never quits," Stanley Steemer president Justin Bates said in a press release. "It hurts your investment, threatens the health of your family and pets and impacts the value of your home. Spring is an important time for homeowners to remove the dirt that has been accumulating – both what they see and especially what they can't see."
To remove dust particles and other irritants from carpets, consumers can purchase a HEPA vacuum cleaner that will not emit harmful particles into the air when homeowners need to clean their carpets.