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How To Reduce Pet Dander And Allergies At Home

 

 Over 60% of Australian households own a cat or dog and their hair, dander and odours are the torment of owners everywhere.

Pet hair, which embeds itself into carpet or statically attaches to furnishings, is tough to eliminate and rapidly blocks standard vacuums, thereby causing them to decrease suction, resulting in a poor clean.

You love your pets, and everybody knows the positive health benefits that owning a pet brings. Yet animal odours and dander (dead skin cells shed by animals) can permeate a home.

Not only does pet hair and dander look unsightly and greatly reduce the life of your valuable carpets and furnishings, they can cause allergies in some people some , especially those that already experience dust mite allergy symptoms.

Normal vacuuming and even steam cleaning can’t eliminate the pet hair and dander. Most of what gets picked up is simply re-circulated through the air and back into your carpets and furnishings or adheres to the moisture particles in soft furnishings, creating a composting effect.  

Healthy home strategies for pet owners 

  • Minimise mess – cleaner pets mean cleaner homes.
  • Bathe and brush your pets regularly.
  • Removing pet hair from floors – on carpets and delicate rugs use vacuum cleaners with power head and even better, a vacuum with a HEPA filter – on hard floors use brush head or else work with a damp, wide mop.
  • Removing pet hair from furniture and furnishings use the same as above and include in your repertoire a crevice tool to get into those nooks and crannies.
  • Removing pet hair from clothes – a velour brush or sticky tape wrapped around your hands.
  • Taking care of mess – for little accidents apply liberal amounts of soda water and blot immediately with paper towel.
  • Cleaning urine – sodium bicarbonate sprinkled liberally over the mess will absorb moisture and odour. After a few days, vacuum.
  • Kitty litter – half a cup of vinegar should get rid of any odours when washing the kitty box.

Minimise allergic symptoms to pets

The most effective way to fight allergies from animal dander would be to keep your pet outside and minimise contact.

However, that’s not easy to do with a loved pet, so attempt to avoid or minimise exposure to the animals. To reduce further allergens, pick which areas of the house will become your exclusion zones.  Stop your pet from entering into a minimum of two rooms, the bedroom and lounge. Other rooms can be added to the list.

In case your pet once slept in those rooms, wash as much of the bedding or upholstery as you can, consider purchasing allergy free bedding. In extreme cases, consider investing in a new quilt or mattress. Keep the animal’s bed in another room, perhaps a utility room or lobby. For the cat, sprinkle some catnip there to make the spot seem more appealing to them.

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This post was written by Seolv_Editor on September 18, 2012

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