Sunday January 31, 2016
When the weather begins to shift, so do the germs. Cold and flu season is a consistent aspect of the winter season. Outbreaks of flu may occur as early as October and still linger into May. While it is difficult to predict exactly when exposure will happen, how severe it will be or how long it will last - the important factor is that the cold/flu season will happen.
Preventing the Cold / Flu
There are a lot of ways to work on prevention. The CDC advises that people get their flu vaccines by October, just in case the bug shows up early where you are. However, getting the flu vaccine late is better than not getting it at all. That should be the first step toward protection.
Another essential habit to establish is regular hand washing. It doesn't matter how clean you keep your home or work space, if other people interact in those areas then germs will spread. Regular hand washing, for at least 20 seconds each time, will definitely increase your odds of not getting sick this winter. However, it is only one method for germ reduction.
Germs are pretty versatile specimens and can be found virtually anywhere. Doorknobs, desks, counters, and floors are all common places for viruses and bacteria to breed. In fact, your floors should be cleaned weekly to help reduce the level of allergens, dust mites, and dirt that gets tracked in over the colder months of the year.
Your carpet can be compared to an air filter and keeping it clean is the best way to improve health and air quality at your home or office. Professional steam cleaning can remove up to 99% of germs lurking in your floors. Make sure to book a carpet cleaning appointment with a knowledgeable and experienced company before illness spreads through the area.
If family members or co-workers become ill before this is accomplished, wait for the illness to pass through and then immediately contact a company to steam clean the carpets to get rid of the leftover germs before they have the opportunity to attack again.
Champion Carpet & Upholstery has the expertise to turn your home or business into a steam cleaned, healthy environment. Give us a call so we can eliminate most of the germs tempted to make you sick this winter!