- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On March 30, 2018
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If you’re a native of Texas, you probably already know what I’m talking about. In fact, as the Bing Crosby classic goes, this yellow Easter may be “just like the ones [you] used to know.” As Texans, we are all too familiar with pollen season. When the temperatures begin to rise and the bluebonnets make their appearance, we know that the dreaded yellow cloud is not far behind.
First of all, what is pollen and why is it so bad this year? In and of itself, pollen is a great thing. Without pollen, we would not have trees, flowers, and other plants. When it becomes problematic, though, is when these microscopic grains join forces to activate an over-response from our immune system which (you guessed it) makes us cough, sneeze, and generally feel ill.
As early as last year, experts were predicting a 2018 allergy season that would send everyone reaching for the tissues. Here at Sonlight Cleaning Services, that means we’re gearing up for action! When plants face drought, as they did for several recent years, their energy is predominantly geared toward survival rather than reproduction. But now that we’ve had a couple of wet seasons, here comes the pollen. Cedar season (which technically ended in February) was extremely high – even before the season hit its height, experts were estimating it could range two to six times higher than usual.
Right now, we are seeing a similarly heightened pollen production from trees such as oak, American elm, pecan, cottonwood, mesquite, and hackberry. If your workplace is in an area with a lot of trees, you may have even noticed piles of pollen along curbs, on sidewalks, or in the street. Regardless of how faithfully you wash your car, you’ve probably noticed a fine yellow dusting all over it by the end of the day. So how on earth do we deal with this cough-inducing cloud?
Besides calling your allergist, here are three proactive steps you can take to combat the pollen in your workplace so that you and your team can be spared the worst of the allergen-assault:
- First, evaluate and (where possible) eliminate the primary pathways to pollen entry such as doors and windows. Even though the morning breeze may be nice, an open window will let in a lot of pollen in even a short amount of time. If you’ve already noticed a fine yellow dusting around your workplace, we can give you a jump-start on cleaning your windows, walls, floors, and other surfaces.
- Second, check your high-traffic areas. Especially in schools, medical facilities, and businesses with all-day foot traffic, shoes can serve as a “Trojan horse” for pollen to access the indoors. If your entryway rugs are looking a little yellow, you may want to add an additional rug (for example, one inside the door and the other right outside the door) as well as a day porter service to vacuum the rugs throughout the day.
- Third, clean those carpets! Rugs and carpeted areas are a huge culprit when it comes to pollen collection and retention. During the height of allergy season, carpets should be vacuumed much more frequently than usual. Our cleaning equipment is commercial grade, meaning a better clean than the standard vacuum could deliver, and our staff is trained on the very best cleaning methods. When pollen season begins to subside, plan to deep clean your floors and carpets. Our carpet cleaning solutions actually lift and extract the pollen from the carpeting, meaning the deepest possible clean.
Trees, plants, and pollen will always be a part of life. That doesn’t mean that allergy season has to get you down. Contact Sonlight Cleaning Service today. We can help you and your team avoid allergy ailments and make the most of this otherwise beautiful time of year! Or as Bing Crosby’s companion Frank Sinatra might sing, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love… with their cleaning company.”