Relieve Spring Allergies with HEPA Air Filtration

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Spring is in the air… and so is the POLLEN. While some are running into the great outdoors, others are running to the pharmacy for some allergy relief! And it’s not just pollen; there are other air pollutants in our home that can trigger allergy symptoms. The itchy eyes, runny nose and fatigue that come with allergies can be brutal. The use of HEPA filters can help relieve your home of these allergens and thereby reduce your allergy attacks.


HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters work by trapping those pollutants that trigger allergies. It’s a type of mechanical air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke that non-HEPA filters can’t catch.

Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter can help you breathe easier. A HEPA air purifier (also known as an air cleaner) reduces the concentration of airborne contaminants and is an essential component to maintaining an allergen-free home. They guarantee that they will trap 99.97% of particles larger than .3 microns (enough to help relieve your symptoms). They’re also beneficial to those with asthma and other respiratory-related issues.


A HEPA air purifier can remove most airborne particles, but the particles suspended in air are not the only ones in your home. There are far more particles in your rug, on your floor, mattresses, or upholstered furniture. A vacuum with HEPA air filtration works best to remove these particles and they throw less dirt and fewer microscopic dust mites back into the room as you vacuum.


Whether you are in the market for allergy relief or simply looking for a cleaner home or office, an air purifier or vacuum with HEPA air filtration from P.C. Richard & Son can help. Get yours today!


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Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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For allergy sufferers, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean many over looked items that could be harboring allergens and help reduce symptoms. On the other hand, the cleaning itself may set off fits of sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion. Whether you dread this process or find it strangely satisfying, it’s got to be done especially if you suffer from allergies.

Here are some cleaning tips to keep in mind as you spring clean your home. These cleaning tips will help both you and your family breathe easier.

Replace Filters

Clean or replace filters on humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, air conditioning units and furnaces. If you are replacing your filters, try replacing them with HEPA filters which are ideal for allergy suffers.

Clean Vents

Vents can be easily overlooked, but particles can build up in them. Unscrew vents for the heat or air system, put them in the sink and rinse with soap and water.

Clean Any Damp Areas

Monitor areas that are likely to produce mold, such as closets, inside cabinets near sinks, the bathroom floor, areas under appliances and areas around pipes. Wiping walls, floors or ceilings around these areas with a solution of vinegar is a safe effective mold deterrent.

Clean The Inside AND Outside of Windows

Use bleach to clean your window sill.Then you can either hose off your window screens in the backyard, or use a vacuum to suck up the dirt and dust embedded in the screen.

Get Under Things

If you haven’t moved your furniture while cleaning to get under or around things, now is the time to do so. A thorough cleaning is what you need! Just because you can’t see the dust or dirt does not mean it’s not affecting your breathing.

Vacuum Mattresses and Furniture

If you have any upholstered furniture, vacuuming and steam cleaning are great ways to reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

Wash Your Bedding

Using hot water and special laundry detergent that help kill dust mites and eliminate other allergens. If you have not already encased your bedding in allergy relief bedding, take this opportunity to do so. Check your pillows as well. Replace them every 2-3 years and cover them with hypoallergenic encasings.

Clean Your Curtains

This should be done periodically since they are huge allergen collectors. Make sure you read the care instructions before cleaning your curtains. Some may be ok to throw in the wash, while others may have to be steamed cleaned or even taken to the dry cleaners.

Get Your Carpets and Rugs Cleaned Professionally

If you have smaller rugs, like a bathroom rug, throw it in the wash. If your smaller rugs are not washable, you should consider replacing them with rugs that are.


Don’t dust with cotton cloths though, they just spread particles around on surfaces and send them back into the air. Instead, use electrostatic or microfiber cloths which trap dust or a vacuum attachment designed specifically for dusting.

In addition to the tips above, the following tips are some cleaning principles to stick to in order to minimize allergy attacks while cleaning.

  • Wear a dust mask.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Click here to browse vacuums that have HEPA air filtration.
  • If you have pets, clean off their fur when they come in from the outside to avoid bringing pollen into your home.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 50% to prevent growth of dust mites. You may want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier.
  • Clean “top to bottom” so that any stirred-up dust and other debris that settles on the floor will be sure to be cleaned up.
  •  Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals, which can aggravate sensitive nasal passages and airways.
  • Invest in a HEPA air purifier. HEPA air purifiers are very effective at controlling particles and allergens such as pollen, dust, and dander.


We hope you find these tips helpful and please check back on our blog for more spring cleaning tips!



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How To: Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Now is a great time to invest in some spring cleaning. Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime and dusty condenser coils, should be one of your first candidates for cleaning. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.


You’ll need to block out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of your day in order to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is the perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it. Because your refrigerator will be open while you are cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. Loosen the bulb in your fridge until it goes out. Then, set the temperature dial to “off” and unplug it.

Take all of the food off the shelves, drawers and from the door and put it in a cooler. Check for any expired or unnecessary items that you can dispose of. If you can’t remember the last time you used an item or can’t read the date on it, throw it out!


Next, fill your sink with warm, soapy water and remove all of the shelves, drawers, and racks from your fridge. If you have any glass or ceramic, make sure it cools down to room temperature before you place it in the water or you will risk cracking it. Once you wash and rinse the shelves, set them aside and let them dry while you clean out the inside of the fridge.

Mix a half quart of hot water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and wipe down the inside of your fridge with a wet rag or sponge. For tight corners or grime that just won’t come up, try scrubbing with a toothbrush. Don’t forget any of the compartments or the inside of the door! The baking soda mixture will neutralize any odors in the fridge, but if there isn’t any available then soap and water will do. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the finish and compromise the lining, making it cost more to keep the fridge cool.

After you’ve wiped down the entire inside of your fridge, rinse it with a clean rag or sponge and dry. Place the shelves and drawers back if they are dry and wipe down the rubber molding with warm soapy water. This is a good time to inspect your molding and consider replacing it if necessary, as this will also keep the fridge cooling efficiently. Rubber molding in poor condition will result in temperature fluctuations and will increase energy costs.

Wash the outside of your refrigerator with antibacterial cleaner and remove the drip pan underneath if you have one. Wipe it with the same antibacterial cleaner, rinse and let it dry before placing it back.

You will also find a metal plate near the floor of your fridge, either in the front or the back. Remove it, wash it down, and vacuum the entire area. Use the vacuum hose to remove the dust from the condenser coil as well to optimize efficiency. Once the metal plate is dry, place it back.

That’s it on scrubbing and vacuuming! You can now plug the fridge back in, tighten the light bulb and set the temperature. Let your refrigerator become cool again before placing your food back. Check all of your items for any dirt on the bottom and wipe down any sticky jars or canisters; you wouldn’t want to undo all of the cleaning you just did! You may also want to consider placing an open box of baking soda in your fridge to keep it always smelling fresh.

Future Maintenance and Tips

In the future, check all of your groceries for any unclean items and wipe them down to minimize the frequency you’ll need to clean your entire fridge. Clean any messes that occur immediately to avoid bacteria, mold, mildew, odor, and even food-borne illnesses. On that same note, always store leftovers, open meats, cheeses, perishable items, and strong foods in separate airtight containers. Otherwise, they can absorb odors from and contaminate other foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Try to clean off the condenser coil regularly to optimize the performance of your refrigerator. Whenever you clean it, try to also clean off at least one of your shelves or drawers inside so you don’t have to wash the whole thing down as frequently.

Do you have any other good tips for cleaning your fridge? Let us know in the comments.


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