MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - April 21, 2015) - Pollen is plentiful this time of year and it is the cause of suffering for an estimated 50 million Americans who have allergies. Unfortunately, you can't simply stay indoors to avoid sneezing and itchy eyes -- because indoor dust is also a serious allergen. But you can reduce your exposure to it with some expert home cleaning advice.

Merry Maids, one of the nation's leading home cleaning services, and a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), has five important tips for allergy sufferers to help reduce dust, which in many people causes inflammation of the nasal membranes characterized by itchy nose and eyes, congestion and sneezing.

"Dust is a big culprit for lots of people with allergies," explained cleaning expert Debra Johnson of Merry Maids. "Unfortunately, the way most people deal with dust only stirs it up and makes it more of a problem. The trick is to trap dust and remove it, and we have some tips to help people do that."

Here are Merry Maids top five spring-cleaning tips for alleviating dust and reducing allergy symptoms:

  1. Microfiber!  

Rather than grabbing a rag and a bottle of cleaner, grab a microfiber cloth for your dusting duties. Microfiber cloths live up to their name; every fiber is split eight times or more, meaning that the fibers are smaller (or "micro") and able to reach cracks and crevasses that a typical cloth or paper towel could not. 

Microfiber also does a great job of grabbing dust and dirt, meaning that particles don't end up back in the air, which can be problematic for allergy sufferers.

Don't forget: When dusting with microfiber be sure to dust past the end of a surface. If the cloth stops on the edge of the surface, a line of dust will be left.

  1. Clean glass surfaces with microfiber or microfiber and water only

If a dry microfiber doesn't get the job done, try using microfiber dampened with water (and only water) to clean down glass surfaces. This reduces the number of chemicals you'll have in your home and keep all the dust and dirt in your microfiber, not your nose.

  1. Take the vacuum outside

Allergy sufferers should make sure their vacuum uses a high efficient particulate air (HEPA) filter. These filters are better at capturing (and keeping) dust particles. The key? When you change the filter every six months, take it outside. Otherwise, you'll release dust back into your home.

  1. Look down, not up

Floors are a top offender for allergy sufferers, since we track dust and dirt in our shoes. So leave your shoes at the front door and invest in a walk-off mat that allows you to take four-to-seven steps before your foot touches the bare floor. 

In the height of allergy season, you should vacuum (not sweep) your floors at least twice a week. 

  1. Keep it clean in the shower

After showering, wipe down shower walls and floors with your trusty microfiber cloth. This helps eliminate moisture (and reduce the chance of mildew) in the bathroom. Last but not least, leave the door open or shower curtain pulled back when finished to allow air flow in the shower. 

About Merry Maids
Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the United States. Merry Maids provides services in 48 states and the District of Columbia through approximately 450 company-owned locations and franchised outlets. The company also provides home cleaning services in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom and has licensing arrangements whereby licensees provide these services in Hong Kong, Japan, South America, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia. Through its company-owned and franchise locations, Merry Maids employs more than 8,000 home cleaning professionals that service homes on four continents, including more than 200,000 homes in North America every month. Merry Maids is a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services. Go to for more information about Merry Maids or follow us at and

About ServiceMaster
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 8,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes Terminix (termite and pest control), American Home Shield (home warranties), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), Furniture Medic (furniture repair) and AmeriSpec (home inspections). We serve residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at or

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