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Decreasing Pet Dander

Follow these steps to reduce dander and the spread of it in your home.

Keep pets out of the allergic person's bedroom and restricted to as few rooms in the home as possible. Pets should also be kept off furniture, especially upholstered pieces where dander can be transferred. Place litter boxes in an area unconnected to the air supply for the rest of the home.

Pet allergens will remain in carpets, upholstered furniture and mattresses even after a pet has been removed from the home or banned from entering the bedroom or other rooms. If these areas are agitated by attempting to shake or beat the dander out by hand, a broom, or flipping the mattress, the allergen will become airborne and affect other spaces. A mattress encasing and other allergy free bedding products for pillows and box springs will also help block allergens where you sleep.

Removing or replacing the carpet will help reduce or eventually eliminate the presence of the allergen in the room. If the carpet cannot be removed, it should be thoroughly vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum cleaner. HEPA filters trap allergen particles, which pass through the bags of standard vacuum cleaners. After vacuuming properly, spray the carpet with a solution to help denature the remaining allergen.

Opening windows and using exhaust fans is a good way to ventilate the house if you have a pet living in the house. Microscopic allergen particles remain airborne for long periods of time and can be spread by air flowing through a duct system, through which AC and heat travel. Allergen can be trapped from flowing through the duct system by using efficient vent filters and furnace filters.

High efficiency HEPA air cleaners are also effective in removing pet allergen from the air when windows are closed. Take care not to direct exhaust from the air cleaner toward carpets or upholstered furnishing in order that allergens that may have settled there are not disturbed.

While washing pets with water removes much of their surface allergen, it's not clear if this reduction lasts long enough to reduce symptoms. To increase the effectiveness of giving your dog or cat a bath, use Allerpet Solutions during this regular ritual.

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