Is your fur baby giving guests and loved ones a case of the sniffles?
These basic cleaning solutions for pet allergiesÂ can help keep everyone comfortable.
1. Clean house.
Okay, so let’s start with the obvious: You’ll definitely want to create some kind of cleaning schedule to keep pet allergens and dander at bay.
That means regular sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping throughout your home.
Make sure you vacuum your soft furniture and around your home’s baseboards (both of which are prime spots for pet fur to gather).
It’s also a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned once or twice each year.
- Wipe down household surfaces, ceilings, and walls with an all-purpose cleaner mixed with hot water.
- Avoid dry dusting, which just scatters pet dander more.
- Include a cleaning spray that specifically kills dust mites. Dust includes a concentration of pet dander, and these products have chemicals that break down dust completely.
- Use vacuums with HEPA filters or double bags for a deeper clean.
- Look for specialty lint brushes and rollers that are made with adhesive sheets that target dander-filled pet hair.
2. Bathe your pet.
Keeping your pet clean is another smart way to reduce the amount of allergens present in your home.
In fact, a 1999 study published in theÂ Journal of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyÂ compared the allergen levels in dog dander before and after a five-minute bath.
The researchers found that the bath reduced the amount of allergens by roughly 85%.
The allergen level returned to its normal amount in around three days, so bathe your pet twice a week to keep those allergen concentrations low.
3. Use air filters.
One of the best cleaning solutions for pet allergies is replacing traditional furnace and air conditioning filters with HEPA air filters instead.
HEPA filters catch smaller particles, and they’re a great way to keep guest bedrooms and common areas allergen-free.
If possible, you can also close off any air registers to prevent allergens from circulating throughout your home.
Also, consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned once every two years.
4. Choose healthier pet food.
What you feed your pet can directly impact the amount of allergens he or she produces. (Who knew?)
Diets high in omega-3 fatty acids keep your dog or cat’s skin and fur healthy, so feed Fido and Fluffy accordingly.
5. Wash the linens.
You’ll also want to wash your linens regularly using hot water.
Bedding, pillow covers, throws, blankets, and curtains can all collect a ton of dander, so clean these items on a regular basis to prevent allergen build-ups.
6. Create pet-free zones.
In some cases, you may have to create pet-free areas to better accommodate your allergic houseguests.
If you’re able, section off your homeÂ so that your pet(s) are stationed in a separate part of the house.
And don’t worry — you can give them plenty of kisses and cuddles once your guests are gone!