The flat mainly consists of various hard flooring, a bedroom carpet and lounge rug. Unfortunately the carpet / rug was left unhoovered and unwashed by the agents. This is unpleasant for the average person without any health conditions, as it creates a stuffy, musty environment with other people’s living dust and dirt. However for an allergy sufferer it can be worse than unpleasant and actually cause a deterioration of health. This can be due to dirt but also to the build up of dust mites and their faeces.
I was surprised to come across this on moving in as I had paid a decent agents fee and with any previous moves the carpets were cleaned beforehand. Experiencing breathing difficulties, a harsh cough and chest pain within the first few days, leading to a full-blown allergic reaction type cold a few weeks later. I was feeling rough.
The lack of a general deep clean, including the carpet and the rug, seemed the obvious place to look at to clear the environment and air. Especially as at this stage, I had no idea of the full extent of the problems I was to encounter!
Fortunately, I was able to call on the services of Richard Portlock at Easi-Kleen. He could come in the New Year. Richard had regularly cleaned my carpets and, when necessary, curtains and upholstery in my previous flat. I found Easi-Kleen on Eco Carpet Care a number of years ago.
As a MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) sufferer and unable to tolerate many of the cleaning chemicals used by many companies, I scoured the Internet for an effective chemical free alternative. Eco Carpet Care is a UK wide database, which lists eco cleaners throughout the UK. You just type in your local area and those available pop up. So for South Wales Easi-Kleen appeared.
Easi-Kleen use a safe natural based ozone system:
“This destroys odour-causing bacteria, allergens and molecules in carpets, upholstery and beds. This economical environmental odour neutraliser actually destroys the source of the odour and leaves pure fresh oxygen in its place. It is excellent for smoke damage, mold, mildew, pet odour and many more.” Taken from Easi-Kleen Homepage under Our Services
Richard will also apply M Power (derived from 100% natural plant-based materials) or a chemical product if you can tolerate, for any stubborn stains. I have always found Richard to be reliable, very hardworking, polite, friendly and his service effective and efficient. Even honouring his appointment a few years ago, at the start of what turned out to be a snow blizzard!
I remain well from the methods and products used, which is the main thing. The carpets always feel like brand new afterwards.
As you can see from the above picture*, there was a lot of dirt from the bedroom carpet alone. In fact it turned from darker beige to lighter beige (this photo was taken in the communal hallway hence the green carpet).
Considering I was told by the agents the carpet / rug were clean, it seemed they hadn’t been deep cleaned for a long time. And this was after a number of vacuuming sessions, with a Miele S5281 (& Hepa filter), which I will talk about later…
This gave some much-needed relief for which I was grateful. However, it was just the start of a long 4-month journey as, in spite of the deep cleaning the carpet and rug, some breathing symptoms persisted.
Turns out cleaning the carpet was just the first stage…
*Apologies for the lack of before and after photos but at this stage I was unaware I would be keeping this blog!
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