Pet fur and dander seem to get everywhere you can think of, and clearing it out can be a hassle since the dog or cat never seems to stop shedding. Fortunately, we have a few tricks to clear your house of pet dander!
Taking allergy medication like Dymista can help deal with allergies, but keeping dander out of the way helps too.
Tricks to Clear Your House of Pet Dander for Good
Keep the Pets Off the Upholstery (and the Carpet!)
Upholstery on furniture and carpet are notorious for catching fur.
Keeping pets off of furniture and other fabrics can help to cut down on the amount in your house, and covering furniture up with sheets or blankets that can be thrown into the washer does a lot to keep the dander down too.
You can even invest in allergy-resistant bedding to help keep fur and fluff out of the bedroom.
Clean as Much as Possible
One of the biggest ways to keep indoor pollution and dander down is by keeping your living area clean.
Dusting as often as possible, or wiping down surfaces will help to cut down on dander getting into the air.
Vacuuming with a vacuum that has double bags or a HEPA filter can gather up dander that collects in the carpet.
You may have to dust, wipe, and vacuum at least twice a week to keep it from building up.
Invest in Hard Wood Floors
Hardwood floors are a great investment for happy pet owners.
Hardwood makes it easier to clean up dander and fur since it can’t get stuck here as it does on the carpet.
Wall-to-wall carpet is notorious for catching and trapping dander within its fibers and can make your life miserable.
If you can’t afford to invest in hardwood floors, consider upgrading your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
Clean Cages and Pet Areas
Caged pets like rodents and birds are usually not a problem when it comes to pet dander, but when their cages are left dirty, the small can become problematic for people who have allergies or asthma.
Dander and urine can provoke these attacks as well, so cleaning the cages out at least once a week is vital to keeping the dander down.
The same goes for other living areas of your pets like litter boxes.
Keeping your home free of dander involves just a little bit of creativity and cleaning.
When you clean things out before fur has a chance to build up, you cut down on the allergens in your home which will help to make it an allergy-free environment.
Saturday 29th of April 2017
I clean as much as possible but the animals still like to sit on the chair and beds. Vacuum 2 to 3 times per week!
Saturday 6th of August 2016
hardwood floors are nice, but rough on older dogs. i have hardwood floors and my oldest slips and slides, i have put down yoga mats all over my house, i have tried several different types of booties, the paws caused infections b/c her feet sweat in them. the socks dont stay on. so i saw some i really like but they were 80.00 for a pair of thin socks. so back to the drawing board, yes hardwood floors are nice, but they do stain from pee. i just cover my furniture with sheets b/c my girls have the run of the house.
Tuesday 31st of May 2016
It seems like we are constantly fighting a losing battle with pet hair between our two Golden mixes and two cats! Thanks for the tips!
Tuesday 31st of May 2016
I have pet covers for both of my couches, there is really very little chance of keeping a chihuahua or a cat off of the couches. The covers lay over the cushions and back of the couch and are easy to wash or take outside for a quick shake. This has made a huge difference in the cleanliness of my couches, I just remove the covers if we have guests and they have a fur free place to sit.
Monday 30th of May 2016
Daily grooming and keeping your dogs hair cut short helps with dander, as does regular bathing. Washable furniture covers are great too, or plain old blanets. I am fortunate that dander does not affect anyone in our home.