How To Survive Cold & Flu Season

At Chem-Dry of Long Beach, we care largely for your overall health and well-being. Especially during these next few months, as cold and flu season is upon us, we want you and your family to remain as healthy as possible. It seems that each year we confront a new and even more terrible variation of the flu. Muscle aches, high fever, chills, coughing, and a runny nose are just some of the dreadful symptoms that await the flu’s next victim…

We thought it’d be a good idea to provide some quick tips to help you survive the cold and flu season. For even better prevention against sickness, trust the protection and power of our various cleaning services to eliminate bacteria and other contaminants from your home’s most important areas.


Get A Flu Shot

There are three types of influenza (A, B, & C) that can cause trouble for humans. The A and B types of influenza cause the seasonal spread of the virus while the C type only causes mild respiratory problems. Each year some variation of these basic types of influenza will be the one to cause trouble. Because of this, the flu vaccine is modified each year to protect us from the one strain experts believe will be the most widespread. Sometimes you can experience some discomfort or minor flu symptoms the day after the shot but it will protect you from the full-blown variety.

Wash Your Hands Often

Not just once or twice a day, but OFTEN. Wash your hands before and after you prepare food, touch your pet, when you come home from work or school, and especially after you use the restroom. Help your little ones especially understand the importance of good hand washing when they are coming home from school and have been in contact with many other children. Washing your hands will help keep threatening germs away.

person washing their hands

Use soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Scrub like a surgeon would before surgery. Don’t forget between your fingers, backs of your hands and under fingernails too. Wash those hands multiple times a day. Hand sanitizer is good, but not as effective as scrubbing your hands with hot water and soap.



Regular exercise will keep your body operating in optimal form. Regular exercise helps keep your immune system strong and a healthy body equals a healthy mind too. Exercise will help you recover from the cold and flu faster and make you feel better all year long.

Avoid making excuses to not exercise. Don’t tell yourself that you don’t have enough time to exercise. Even with a busy schedule, you can still get up a little earlier than usual to go on a light jog or to do some push-ups. Most experts recommend that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This general goal will help you feel a lot better and to avoid getting sick these coming months.


Did We Mention Washing Your Hands?

We know we did, but it’s worth mentioning again. This is your first, last and best method of keeping away from germs especially if you work in a large office or use public transportation. You can’t control everyone else’s behavior but you can control yours.


The Power Of A Clean Home

Nothing protects you better from germs and sickness than a clean home. Practice regular sanitization of commonly touched surfaces in your home such as doorknobs, remotes, handles, cell phones, tables, and the microwave touchpad. Clean floors weekly or more depending on the frequency of spills.

For deep, long-lasting cleaning, consider using a professional carpet cleaning service like Chem-Dry of Long Beach before the flu season starts to pick up. Our Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been proven to remove 89% of airborne bacteria and will remove those hidden germs, dirt and allergens in your carpets.

We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy this cold & flu season. For more information about the power of our cleaning services and how healthy they can make your home, read here. We also provide commercial cleaning services with eco-friendly solutions to ensure those at your office, school, restaurant, or other workplace stays protected and safe this flu season.