For many Americans, life isn’t complete without a pet or two running around the house. Unfortunately, many people also suffer from animal allergies that make having a pet impractical. Take the right steps to reduce the allergens left by your pet. With the help of vacuums, air filters, and some shampoo, your house doesn’t have to be an allergy zone. Discover some ways you can love your pets without the allergies and improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Get a Robot Vacuum
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Few people have time to clean as much as they should, even if the cleaning is to prevent allergies. Get a robot vacuum for your floors to take one major cleaning chore off your plate. The robot vacuum will pick up the dander and hair on the floor so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Use HEPA Air Purifiers
To control the pet hair and dander in your air, get a HEPA air purifier for your home. HEPA filters are powerful enough to trap small particles, such as bacteria and some viruses. Get a whole-home air purifier, which an HVAC technician can install for you, to help you deal with pets and allergies. Or, you can get an air purifier for each room where you feel your allergies bother you the most.
Wash Your Textiles Frequently
Wash any fabrics you can wash. Sheets, bathroom rugs, and curtains all trap pet dander. Hot water is the best for killing any allergens, but any washing is better than nothing at all. Use the warmest water your textiles can handle. The same advice goes for drying them as well.
Brush or Bathe Your Pet
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Although some pets, such as domestic short-haired cats, technically don’t need to be brushed or bathed, regular grooming will help with your allergies. Pet saliva is a major allergen. When your pets lick themselves, their saliva gets on their fur and dander, which then floats around the house. Brush your pets to remove any loose fur before it falls off. Bathe your pets once a week to remove some of the saliva buildup from their coats.
Create a “No Pet” Zone
Sometimes your allergies need a break, which is why you should make one or two rooms in your house off-limits to your pets. Many people choose their bedrooms, and although not sleeping with your pet may break your heart, your sinuses will thank you. A goodnight’s sleep is invaluable, and you’ll have more time during the day to do fun activities like walk the dog or wave a feather duster around your cat.
Pets add so much joy to our lives, so trading off a little extra cleaning isn’t a big deal. Neither is investing in a few products designed to ease your allergies. If you’ve always dreamed of having a pet, but you felt like your allergies would get in the way, try fostering an animal while using these tips. You may realize your allergies can handle having a pet after all.