Posts Tagged ‘Allergy’

Seasonal allergy treatment? How about prevention?

April 18, 2011

After a windy spring weekend outdoors, I found myself battling itchy eyes and a watery nose yesterday.

Seasonal allergy symptoms are back.

For those who suffer from pollen allergy symptoms, you know how easily the tiny allergens travel…everywhere.

But treatment of seasonal allergies isn’t the only option. I much prefer preventing symptoms altogether, rather than relying on allergy remedies once I’m already dealing with histamines.

Here are the two main ways I prevent allergy symptoms:

  1. Keep windows and doors closed. Pollen travels mostly through the air, so I don’t let it blow into my house.
  2. Wash your hair and clothes soon after returning from the outdoors. Pollen will attach to you outdoors, and you’ll help it set up shop around your house by simply moving around and making contact. (Think about everything you touch: your pillows and sheets, your furniture, your carpet…)

So, because vacuuming your floors and washing your clothes and sheets is such a huge component to prevention, those with terrible allergies have found relief in some  products designed with them in mind:

LG’s Allergiene cycle from its TrueSteam washer and dryer

LG’s Allergiene washer cycle uses steam power to gently remove over 95% of common household allergens, like dust mites and pet dander, from even the most delicate fabrics.

Plus, you can safely sanitize nonwashable items like pillows and toys in LG’s steam dryer, which is what I did with all my throw pillows last night.

AquaFilter system in the Rotho Twin TT 580 canister vacuum

Rotho uses water and a HEPA filter to trap dust and dirt, not a canister or a bag, so it’s no surprise it has a 99.999% retention capacity, making it the ideal vacuum for allergy sufferers. Vacuuming is supposed to get rid of all the stuff that irks you, not kick it up into your airway.

The Rotho vacuum sprays water and cleaning solution on the area, then simultaneously vacuuming up the used water and solution to free embedded soil, dust mites, allergens, and odors — not the stuff sitting on the surface.

The $795 price tag makes it spendier than the also-awesome Dyson DC 23 Animal canister vacuum, but the Rotho’s deep-cleaning features and water filtration make it the ultimate tool for an allergy-free home.

Warners’ Stellian’s new pet (vacuum): Dyson Animal

October 13, 2010

Dyson Animal DC25

When I read that the Dyson Animal vacuum was designed for pets, I became very excited (as part of our beefed up vacuum selection, Warners’ Stellian now sells Dyson vacuums), because

A) Pet vacuums offer legitimacy to my animals-with-appliances photo habit (see below right)

2) I know how difficult pet hair can be to remove from carpet and flooring.

(And from the vacuum itself, for that matter. However, the Dyson Animal’s cleaner head design allows scissors in to cut tangled hairs from the brush bar – genius!).

I used to clean a house where three dogs with short, thick hair lived. Cleaning the carpet required multiple vacuum passes, and hairs still stuck deep in the carpet fibers despite my best efforts. Why? Most bagged vacuums lose suction power as you use them.

But Dyson’s Root Cyclone technology always sucks with the same amount of suckiness (which is a lot). >>Read more

Plus, suction alone isn’t enough for stubborn pet hair.

To remedy this, Dyson’s engineers developed a brush bar that will dig into your carpet at speeds of up to 5,400 revolutions per minute without obstructing the airflow.

Dyson vacuum HEPA filters never need replacing, either, because they last a lifetime and were engineered to be easily cleaned at home.

Plus, there are no bags to buy and the Dyson’s bins empty from their bottom quickly and hygienically into your trash can with the pull of a trigger. Allergy and asthma sufferers will appreciate this, as well as the fact that Dyson vacuums are certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

These upright vacuum cleaners are more expensive (we sell the Dyson Animal DC25 for $549.95, but it will last seven to 12 years, and saves the average customer $267 over five years.

For that money, you could add another pet to the family. We sure did :)


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