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Old 04-07-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Default Pollen, wash or wait?

I didn't see this discussed before. I'm wondering how often folks here clean the pollen off their porch/car/house etc. Do you clean it every day or just wait until it stops? I've vacuumed my screened porch twice and my deck once. I've just about given up because I now have another dusting of pollen on the porch & deck. My car also has a dusting of pollen, but I haven't cleaned/washed it yet. I worry that it will be tough to get the pollen off later. Doesn't pollen tend to stick to the paint?
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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If your allergies are bad wash it off cause it might help a little otherwise just wait 2 weeks and then all this will be gone and you can wash and not have to do it everyday.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Wait. Not worth having to wash like every other day to keep the pollen off. Also, if you're on well water like me, it seems like a real waste.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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wait.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: North Carolina; former New York Stater
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Wait. It'll be gone in no time.

And it IS the worst I've ever seen!
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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I would wait for outside areas like a porch or deck and clean them when its over. We're planning a hose bib on our new porch but I can't tell you how well that works yet.
Pollen pretty much washes off hard surfaces with water (or even air with a leaf blower). If we get rain and cooler temps tomorrow that will wash some away and slow down the production.
I'll typically hose the cars off a few times during pollen season - just spray with water before a drive - removes at least the 90% of the pollen with a minute's work.

Frank
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I wash my car every week or sooner. I don't go too crazy cleaning it because it will get more on it in no time flat. I just don't like the way it looks after a few days and it really doesn't take much time or effort to do it.

The porch I will sweep off just so I don't track it into the house and into the carpet every time I come in. And yes, I know I can take off my shoes, but I choose not to lol.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I think it's actually starting to slow down. It's still all over surfaces, but I'm not seeing that yellowish tinge in the air today as much as the last couple of days.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Wait, but shower every night before bed.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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I rinse off the back patio and stairs to minimize how much gets tracked into the house. Useless in a way considering when the kids run in the grass a puff of pollen comes up behind their feet, but it does help a little. We always shower at night and use a sinus rinse to get the pollen off and out of our bodies as much as possible before bed.
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