How to Prevent the Cold and FluEvery year, the cold and flu season comes and goes. Sometimes you get sick, sometimes you don’t (for your sake and for ours, we hope you fall into the latter category!). Either way, it’s better to keep your home and body healthy to prevent any type of illness this season. This is especially true if you have kids or pets in your home. Nothing is worse than seeing your little ones suffer from body aches and congestion problems!

At Immaculate Home Chem-Dry, we have a few tips that will help you prevent the cold and flu this season. Keep reading to learn our top tips!

1. Be Proactive and Get a Flu Shot

Every year there is some variation of the three basic types of influenza that medical experts believe will cause the most sickness each year. Because of this, the flu vaccine is changed each year to protect everyone against the strain that will be the most prevalent. 

While it can sometimes be an inconvenience to drive to your local pharmacy and get a shot, it is worth it in the long run! You may experience minor discomfort or symptoms after the shot, but it will protect against you against the strongest predicted strain of influenza this year.  

2. Always Wash Your Hands

Shook someone’s hand at the office? Wash your hands. Touched the grocery cart handle at the store? Wash your hands. Played with your child at the playground? Wash your hands. Even though you can’t control everyone else’s behavior, you can control your own!

Although it may seem trivial, properly and consistently washing your hands is one of the best ways to keep germs and bacteria at bay not just during the cold and flu season.  Experts recommend washing your hands with warm water and anti-bacterial soap for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to scrub between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and even under fingernails. 

*Bonus tip! We recommend keeping a travel-size hand sanitizer in your car, purse, backpack, or pocket so you can wash your hands on-the-go. 

3. Thoroughly Clean Your Home 

Did you know that we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors? That’s why it’s so important to make sure your home is clean because it could be the cause of your sickness!

Surfaces that we use every day like doorknobs, light switches, countertops and more can be the perfect hiding spot for germs and bacteria. Be sure to clean these things on a daily basis! Other places in your home like the floors and bathrooms should be cleaned every week. Vacuuming carpeted surfaces and upholstery helps remove dust, but a professional cleaning can remove embedded bacteria and dirt while improving the air quality in your home. 

Maintaining a healthy indoor quality is vital to those who suffer from respiratory problems, but it is just as important for healthy individuals. Having too many allergens in the air can make it hard to breathe which can prompt allergies or a cold to kick in. One of the best ways to control air quality is by keeping your carpets clean. When you choose us for a professional carpet cleaning in Orange County, we remove 98% of allergens and 89% of airborne bacteria according to our Home Health Study

*Don’t forget to disinfect commonly used items around your home like TV or gaming remotes, computer keyboards, cellphones, and other electronic devices!

4. Consistently Exercise

Getting off the couch and into the gym not only keeps your muscles strong, but it also keeps your immune system strong. Consistent, regular exercise will keep all aspects of your body healthy. If you do happen to catch the cold or flu, light to moderate exercise can help you recover faster! 

Stay Healthy Year-Round With Immaculate Home Chem-Dry 

Immaculate Home Chem-Dry’s professional carpet cleaning in Orange County will help your home and your family stay healthy this cold and flu season and all year. 

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