Controlling Allergens with Clean Spaces – Designing Spaces

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Asthma and allergies affect
millions of Americans. Today, we look at asthma and
allergies in the home and what you can do to make members of
your family with allergies live a healthier and more comfortable
lifestyle. We just moved into a new house
and we’re finally settled, but the previous owner had a dog.
I love animals, but my son and I have allergies so we’ve got to
do something. Here we are in the living room.
There are many allergens that are hidden.
You’re scaring me. (laughter).
Let me give you an example. This is the show all about you
and your space. Your home and surroundings.
We are Designing Spaces. (music).
Asthma and allergies affect 1 out of every 4 people, and it
affects 1 out of every 3 households.
Well, chances are either you or someone you love falls within
that group. On Designing Spaces today, we
have solutions on how you can reduce the allergy and asthma
triggers within your home. Here with some great ideas is
Michelle Cassalia from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America. Michelle, so good to have you
here on Designing Spaces. Thank you for having me.
So, let’s start off by talking about what you do, and how
you’re helping so many people with asthma and allergies.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is the
largest, oldest non-profit patient organization in the
world. We provide practical tips,
guides and resources for patients, for children, for
family members, school educators, even policy makers.
Yeah, it’s a great resource. Yes.
You know, when we think of allergens, we think of outside.
Most people think of pollen. You know, you think of the
outdoors, but I’m sure there’s allergens within the home.
Yes, there is, unfortunately. Some of those allergens may be
lurking in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom – I like
how you say lurking. I’m like uh oh and scared.
(laughter). Well, they can be hidden or they
can be out in the open. Right.
Okay. It could be in your mattress
pad, your pillows. Ahh, things we wouldn’t think
of. Your attics, windowsills,
basements. Got a lot of cleaning to do.
Okay, so what should we be doing in the home.
Well, come on. Let me show you.
Okay, sounds good. Here we are in the living room.
There are many allergens that are hidden.
You’re scaring me. (laughter).
Let me show you an example. Uh oh.
Ugh! Okay, that looked clean before
you did that. And we all have throw pillows.
We do, but not all vacuum cleaners, not all dust cleaners,
not all cleaning products are the same.
Okay. If you go to the asthma and
allergy friendly guide website, you can find a host of products
and services that have been certified to be asthma and
allergy friendly. We’ve done all the work for you.
I like that. So you did the research, found
the best products and services that way we can just go there
and choose. And, we have the seal on it.
When you’re out and about shopping, you look for that
seal. Our logo, and you know that it’s
been certified. Okay, perfect.
Yes. That makes it a little easier.
Absolutely. Okay, and I notice you brought a
couple here too, just to give us an idea.
Yeah, take a look. Look at this.
Oh my goodness. You know you don’t see it when
you just look at the table, but when you did that…
Absolutely. And you remember those old
feather dusters? Yes.
Yeah, dust everywhere. They didn’t really do much.
One of our certified products, it looks like a feather duster,
but it’s actually trapping the dust.
It’s nice. Exactly.
It holds it, it keeps the particles in.
Right. Doesn’t release any dust mites.
You’re good to go. What’s a good example of
allergens in the living room? Now, I know you mentioned the
bedroom earlier, so I’m scared that, but can you show me some
examples of where they can lurk in the bedroom?
I would love to. Okay, let’s go.
Here we are in a typical bedroom.
In a bedroom, sometimes you can find dust mites, moisture and
mold. Wow, really?
Yes. So, it’s a good idea to take a
look and buy a mattress pad for your mattress, to keep out the
dust mites and the moisture. Okay.
They also make encasements for your pillows.
Really? Yes.
How often should we change out our mattress and our pillow?
A good tip is to change your mattress every ten years, and to
change your pillows every five years.
Good tip. Okay.
So, where else would these allergens be lurking in our
bedroom? You can find more allergens in
stuffed animals. Maybe in your children’s room.
Really? In the stuffed animal?
Yes. Actually in the stuffed animal.
An idea might be to go to our website at and you can
take a look and find some great tips, and great services or
products. For example, we do have a
certified allergy and asthma friendly stuffed animal, but
it’s okay if you have other stuffed animals.
You can throw them in the washing machine just to wash
them. Absolutely.
We also offer vacuums and we also offer washing machines that
have been certified. Oh my goodness, you guys really
did all the work. We did.
You did. I love it.
Okay. Well, I have to thank you so
much for being here and giving us tips for things we might not
have thought of. Thanks for having me.
It was a lot of eye-opening tips, and we love being able to
show our viewers ways to have healthier homes by just making a
few minor changes, and that’s what it was all about.
That’s what it takes. So thank you so much for being
here. Thanks for having me.
Appreciate it. Well, if you missed any of what
we covered, just head over to our website at You can also find us on Facebook
and Twitter. Thanks for joining us today.
We’ll see you soon. (music).
Coming up next on Designing Spaces, we look at how carpets
can be holding the kinds of allergens that can make life
miserable for anyone suffering asthma.
Stick around. There’s more Designing Spaces
coming up right after this. (Music).
A portion of today’s show was brought to you by Stanley
Steemer. (music).
Asthma and allergies affect millions of in the U.S., and
asthma and allergy attacks are triggered by irritants trapped
in household carpet, like mold, dust mites, and pollen.
These allergens enter the home in the air, or tracked in on
shoes, and animal dander. The best course of action for
those suffering allergic asthma is to avoid the allergens or
have them removed from the home. We just moved into a new house
and we’re finally settled, but the previous owner had a dog.
I love animals, but my son and I have allergies so we’ve got to
do something. Designing Spaces reached out to
Justin Bates, the third generation president of Stanley
Steemer. He is here to help Heather and
her son combat their allergies by giving the carpets a
professional cleaning. The Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America have found that your carpet is the biggest
filter in your house. At Stanley Steemer, we have
worked with the Allergy and Asthma Foundation to prove that
we can effectively and efficiently clean that filter.
Stanley Steemer moves 94% of all indoor allergens and has become
the first service certified Asthma and Allergy friendly by
the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
I saw you on TV and my son has been struggling with asthma and
allergy problems ever since we moved in, so I’m really happy to
have you in our home. Thanks, and i can relate.
When I was a little kid I had asthma related to my allergies,
and now my son has asthma too which is why I’m so happy, and
so proud, that Stanley Steemer has earned the certification of
asthma and allergy friendly. That gives me peace of mind.
I was ready to pull out all the carpet, but it’s really not that
old. That’s common, and it can be
really expensive. Of course, your families health
is what is most important, and if we can clean your carpet
regularly , we can control the triggers.
Right. Do everything we can to control
the dust, because the vacuum can only do so much.
That’s right. This is really going to help
with the pet dander, but I know that other allergens can build
up in the house, and because we have asthma and allergy
problems, how often should we get the carpet cleaned?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends
professional cleaning with a certified service every 3-4
months. Well, I’m really excited about
what’s happening here. So, what else does Stanley
Steemer clean? We use our truck mounted
cleaning equipment to clean furniture, as well as tile and
grout. When we clean your tile and
grout. When we clean your tile and
grout, first what we do is we’ll spray down our cleaning agent.
NExt, we take a brush and agitate the tile and the grout
to get up and grease or grime, or whatever might be down there.
Next, we freshwater rinse and flush anything out of the grout,
as well as extract it back into our truck.
Next, we can put down a color seal, which could either
completely change the look of your room, or it could make your
grout look uniform and new. That’s also water-proof.
Well, the house will be so much cleaner.
And healthier. Mmm-hmm
(music). All of our employees are
professionally trained and dedicated to exceptional
customer service. (music).
All I can say is wow. Justin was right.
The floors and the carpets look fantastic.
It’s amazing. I can already feel the
difference. Me too!
Stanley Steemer International was founded in 1947.
We currently operate in 49 states across the U.S.
You can schedule online at, or call
1-800-STEEMER. Remember, the carpet in your
home acts as a big filter, trapping allergens that can
trigger asthma and allergy attacks.
Keep the carpet free from these allergens by having it cleaned
on a regular basis, by a professional cleaning service,
like Stanley Steemer, certified by the Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America. To See this portion of the show
again, click on the video at
You will also find a link to the Stanley Steemer website there.
Did you know asthma and allergies strike 1 in 5
Americans with a 100% increase over the past 20 years?
60% of U.S. households are affected by
asthma and allergies. Common indoor allergens are pet
dander, dust mite feces, and mold spores, most of which are
present year-round. 8 out of 10 people in the United
States are exposed to house dust mites.
6 out of 10 are exposed to cat or dog dander.
Not all vacuum cleaners are equal.
Coming up next on Designing Spaces, we visit one home to
take a look at one vacuum that is contributing to maintaining a
cleaner living space for those with allergies and asthma.
(music). My daughter has allergies, and
at times they get so bad they trigger asthma attacks.
The doctor says there is no cure, but by taking preventative
steps at home, it could make a big difference.
The first step is to keep surfaces and the floor clean.
Especially dust. Designing Spaces introduced
Sharon to Joy Petty and the Maytag vacuum to see how the
right vacuum cleaner could be a big step forward in the control
of her daughter’s allergies and asthma.
Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do to cut down on
allergies in your house. Pet dander, dust mites, and even
our own dead skin cells are all over the floor.
If you think about it, your carpeting is the largest filter
in your home. It’s fibers can trap all of
those irritants, so that when somebody walks through the room,
everything isn’t recirculated again, so just because somebody
in your family suffers from allergies or asthma, don’t feel
like you need to pull all the carpet out of your home.
Instead, look for the best tool to clean that giant filter, so
your carpet is ready to capture more irritants.
I like what you’ve brought along already.
Sometimes I feel like my old vacuum just doesn’t do the job
well enough. You’re probably right.
It’s time for you to meet the Maytag vacuum.
There are huge differences in how a machine works, how the
filtration system operates, as well as how long the vacuum will
last. Okay, well, how is this better
for people with allergies? Does it have a HEPA filter?
Here, let me show you. The filtration of the Maytag
vacuum all starts with the Poof-proof bag.
It captures all the dirt and dust that you have in your home,
but as you remove the bag, it seals itself.
So, when you toss it in the trash can, there’s no big dirt
plume that you associate with the bagless vacuum.
(music). Just because a vacuum claims to
have a HEPA media filter doesn’t mean it filters in the same way
that the Maytag vacuum does. The Maytag vacuums air path is
sealed, so everything sucked in by the vacuum is forced through
the HEPA filter before being returned to your home.
Other vacuums have pathways for the air that contain holes or
have gaps in them, so that dirty air can escape back into your
home. Really??
I always suspected something like that.
Whenever I would vacuum, I would still see a fine layer of dust.
As least you know there won’t be any fine dust blowing out of
your Maytag vacuum cleaner. And, for allergy sufferers, you
need more. While the HEPA media poof-proof
bags are designed to capture the large dirt, dust, and debris,
the HEPA media post filter grabs the microscopic irritants you
can’t see, like dander and pollen.
Not only is this a must for allergy sufferers, everyone can
appreciate Maytag’s vacuum advanced filtration system,
because it reduces the need for dusting.
I always suspected that my old vacuum cleaner was making dust.
Exactly. So, how does a Maytag vacuum
actually remove all the dirt? Maytag’s motor dual intake
system is a patented technology. It uses both a clean-air motor,
and a direct air motor, to provide maximum agitation and
continuous suction power for unbeatable carpet cleaning and
bare floor cleaning. (vacuuming).
Since your daughter suffers from asthma and allergies, it’s very
important that you keep her bedroom clean.
After all, she sleeps in here. One of the most important places
to vacuum is under the bed. With the Maytag vacuum, it lays
flat so it makes that easy. (vacuuming).
We back Maytag vacuums with some of the longest warranties in the
industry, covering the entire vacuum for five years, and
before you fill your Maytag vacuum with dirt, we filled it
with pride. Over 150 employees proudly
assemble all Maytag vacuums right here in the U.S.A.
Yep, ceiling fans can be dust collectors.
Let me show you how you can clean it with your Maytag
vacuum. Remove the wand, attach the
dusting brush, extend the wand, and you can clean the tops of
your ceiling fan blades safely from the floor.
I like that, thank you, Joy. Glad to help.
I think you’re ready to take your cleaning to a whole new
level. Sharon should see a reduction in
allergic reactions with her daughter, as along as she
vacuums frequently, and follows recommendations for reducing the
causes that can trigger an asthma attack.
We made a big step forward today.
With our new vacuum cleaner from Maytag, we’ll keep the dust and
allergens under control. She’ll breathe easier, and so
will I, right sweetie? Right, mom.
To see this portion of the show again, visit
(music). Place certified allergen barrier
bedding on your mattresses and pillows.
Wash your bedding at least once a week in 130 degree hot water,
or more, to kill mites and their eggs.
Replace pillows every one or two years.
Keep household humidity below 50% to avoid mold, a common
trigger. Fix leaky pipes and cracks to
reduce standing puddles of moisture where mold can
prosper.(Music). A portion of today’s show is
brought to you by Stanley Steemer.
(music). With increasing numbers of
Americans affected by allergies and asthma, it is important that
households understand what can be done to reduce the triggers
that cause an attack. Armed with the right knowledge,
services and tools, we want your home to be a healthy and
comfortable one. We are Designing Spaces.
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2 thoughts on “Controlling Allergens with Clean Spaces – Designing Spaces

  1. Amazing tips, hilarious delivery. I finally feel ready to invite my son back into my life. Thank you Designing Spaces, for reuniting my family.

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