Sometimes you forget to mention some of the carpet situations until you are reminded by a phone call about a need to remedy a certain situation. We have cleaned new carpet many times because of the problem it can cause for people with sensitivities to certain chemicals that the carpet was made of.  We receive a phone call a few times a year about this situation…Last year a new client was experiencing headaches, sneezing, watery eyes….to name a few symptoms, when he gets on the carpet.

What you are breathing in is the volatile organic compounds, chemicals used in manufacturing, that are being released into the air. (Off gassing). Things such as BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), formaldehyde, 4-phenylcyclohexine (4-PC), are just some of the bad things that you are probably breathing in.

We have cleaned many homes over the past 17 1/2 years where one of the family members have sensitivities to the “new carpet” smell. To help relieve the symptoms you should have the carpet hot water extracted & properly cleaned with the correct products!

We are a true “green” cleaner…we invested in the World’s Largest, Most Powerful Cleaning Machine…(the Big Bear Truck) and it allows us to use “green” products & have carpet dry to the touch before we leave your home because of the heat & power that it produces. We could not be that way when we used to have a smaller machine because the products didn’t clean well with the smaller machine. We specialize in clients that have allergies, asthma & chemical sensitivities.

Not everyone is allergic to their carpet though so don’t be alarmed…and we can usually remedy the problem when we come out to clean! :)

The way to reduce your indoor allergens is to reduce the proteins that make your allergic.

Here are a few steps:

Do not allow your pet to come into your bedroom because that is where you spend a lot of your time.

Get your mattress, carpet, upholstery & rugs cleaned on a regular basis to reduce the proteins that cause your allergies.

Vacuum regularly using a Hepa filtration.

Change your air filters at least monthly.

Launder your sheets, pet beds/blankets, throw blankets, etc. once a week in hot water.



Written by: Audra Hicks with Big Bear Floor Care

A Clean House is a Healthy Home…..
We live in a world that has a lot of pollutants outdoors and indoors. Pollutants can be anywhere and we bring them inside our homes too. One way to help reduce them is to have your carpets, rugs & upholstery cleaned on a regular basis…and always vacuum with a Hepa Vacuum! If you are not using a Hepa then you are releasing the allergens back out into the home as you vacuum. Use products in your home that are eco-friendly…so when you are dusting & cleaning you are not introducing more contaminants into the home. Change your filter in your air conditioner on a monthly basis…just because it says “up to 3 months” doesn’t mean that it needs to stay in until that last day. Look at your air filter each month to see. We were told by the air conditioner guys to not spend the money on the pleated, 3 month, allergy filters because they are not good on an air conditioning system and can make them not last as long by restricting the air flow. So we change it out once a month and our new thermostat that we bought reminds us when it needs to be changed. In the Fall we are tempted to open windows to let the air come in, but it is better for people with allergies not to do that because the outdoor allergies will then be in your home. Wash your bedding and pet bedding at least once a week in HOT water. And it is good to get your mattress cleaned on a regular basis for people who are allergic to dust mites. Hope this gives you some ideas on having a healthier home!!!

Written by: Audra Hicks with Big Bear Floor Care