It is that time of year again. The pollen is out and flying around everywhere. Cars, decks, and outdoor furniture are just covered in it. And depending on the weather, this could go on for some time.
Explained simply, allergies are our bodies’ immune system’s reaction to certain substances. When our body comes in contact with these allergens, a chemical called histamines are produced, which cause all of the symptoms of allergies (runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, etc.).
If you are an allergy sufferer this time of year can be horrible for you, particularly if you want to be outside and enjoy the weather. There are so many different types of pollen too, like tree pollen, grass pollen, and ragweed pollen to name a few. But there are solutions you can use so you can at least enjoy your screened patio or roofed deck. What are those?
You could always order in a clear vinyl plastic patio enclosure. They definitely would keep the pollen out! They can be custom made so they fit your area perfectly. They can be retractable, removable and easy to clean.
There are also outdoor semi-sheer roll-up shades. These would keep some of the pollen out yet let the light in, and once installed would simply pull up when you don’t need them.
Maybe you would prefer the more appealing look of outdoor curtains. They come in an assortment of colors and will even help keep you dry during a rain storm or warmer on those cooler nights. There are also heavy-duty, tear and abrasion resistant vinyl curtains that are customized to fit. The curtains can even give UV light protection, shielding you when the sun’s rays are streaming in.
When it comes to pollen inside your home, you can do some of the more obvious things like change your air filter more frequently, remove your shoes when entering your home, and keep your windows closed.
Cleaning It Off
If you are one of the lucky few that pollen doesn’t bother, there are a zillion cleaners you can get to clean it off of your deck or patio and outdoor furniture. Before you purchase a cleaner for your deck do a little research. Make sure you purchase one specifically suited to both the material it is made out of and the type of stain. Different cleaners remove different substances from wood so you have to keep that in mind also.
Or Just Upgrade
I personally feel an upgrade is the best way to keep pollen out of your patio or deck. Upgrade it by enclosing it with glass and screens turning it into a sunroom! You will get more use out of the area and can decorate it adding nice furniture, skylights, and rugs. If you do decide to go this route, by all means give Holly Springs Builders a call.