Surprise. Surprise. Your allergic symptoms like sneezing, shortness of breath, wheezing, asthma or red eyes are not due to pet dander. It is the protein in skin flake, saliva, urine that trigger your allergic reactions. This occurs when the body immune system starts producing Immunoglobulin E antibodies to counter the incoming substances.
Get an All-in-one Cordless HEPA Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuuming is not a chore if you have the right tool. We are very specific about this because it is super effective against settled pet dander. Why? Because it creates convenience that you never know you actually need it. Pet dander will float and gets stuck on a wall, ceiling, shelf or even sofa. With a cordless vacuum, you can roam across the room without being tangled up and constantly bending for a power source. An all-in-one vacuum will also transform from stick to handheld for hard to reach places. The flexibility allows you to vacuum through a tight corner or upholstery gaps that are usually filled with pet hair. In our home, we are using the older Dyson V10 that is the perfect exemplary model. If you only have a bulky canister vacuum at home, just invest with the latest Dyson V11 and I guarantee you will enjoy every single cordless moment!
Wash, Roll, And Clean
Somethings when vacuuming doesn’t do the job. Is time to bring out the big gun. By that, I mean a used, wet rag from your old discarded clothes. Wipe it thoroughly on furniture, table, ceilings, walls, shelf or any solid surfaces. For soft surfaces, scrub it with soap or detergent if the pet dander has latched deep underneath. If is on clothes, drape, linen or upholstery, use a lint roller and start rolling. We cannot emphasis how useful the adhesive side of the lint roller in removing small fibers, lint, and flecks. For items that can be toss into a washing machine like soft carpet, mat or bed sheet, do it at least once a month. This will ensure all proteins and skin flakes will be clear out in a flash.
If you are a busy folk like me that has too much on the plate, replace everything with hypoallergenic cover. This protects your mattress, bed sheet, pillows, and bedding from most of the pet dander. Very helpful if your furry friend is sleeping on the bed.
Bathe Your Pet Regularly
There are no two ways about it. Bathing your pet routinely will clear out all the dead skin, germs and pet odors all at one go. The issue is older pets might be a bit resistance to the bubbly bath and that itself is not a pleasant experience. We recommended bathing your pet once every 1-2 week depending on the season. To make the best use of each session, use a good allergenic-free shampoo like Colloidal Oatmeal with Essential Oils. For better result, follow up with a conditioner to keep the hair strong and shiny. Use a towel rather than a hairdryer to avoid drying their hair and damage their skin.
Groom Your Pet Every Day
This is actually an easier and quicker solution than bathing your dog. Grooming will take a couple of minutes to remove the excess shed hair from the dog. It also prevents matting, stimulate hair growth, and will remove pet dander in the process. Do it on a daily basis for the furry bunch or slightly less frequent for the less hairy one. If you are allergic to pet hair, you can do the grooming outside in to reduce the numbers of indoor allergens.
A Reliable HEPA air purifier
While vacuuming and cleaning is an active action, I’m about to introduce you to a passive way that requires little attention. Pet hair, dander, germs, and bacteria are mostly spread through airborne. An air purifier can significantly reduce the airborne irritants. With fewer pet allergens in the air, there will be less pet dander stuck to the wall or floor. As a result, there is less cleaning frequency needed as well.
First of all, you will need a good HEPA air purifier to deal with that. When we said good, we meant the air purifier must have a True HEPA filter that will capture even the smallest allergens. It also must have enough cleaning capacity to pull in airborne pet dander in the entire room. There is no point in getting a small air purifier that can only cover little grounds. We will either inhale to the pet dander already or it will fall to the ground until something is done.
So what air purifier would I recommend? If you are on a tighter budget, go with Winix 5500-2 as it is well-balanced in all aspect. If you have spare cash, go with the 6-stage Rabbit Air MinusA2 and opt for the pet allergy filtration. Visit this page to see our recommended air purifiers for pet dander.
Dander removal Spray + Baking Soda
Let’s face it. There are times we are just too tired to do a whole “spring cleaning” again as pet dander never stops coming. The easiest way that works for me is to get an all-natural dander removal spray to help reduce skin shed. When your pet skin condition is good, they shed a lot less thus less pet dander will be produced. We use Burt’s Bees Dander Reducing Spray for our cats that is pH balanced and made with colloidal oatmeal/ aloe. Whatever brand you are getting, make sure it is fragrance-free and without parabens, phthalates, or SLS.
While you’re at it, sprinkle some baking soda on areas that stink especially dealing with urine. Baking soda is safe and will neutralize any pungent odors in just a couple of minutes. You can vacuum the powder away once the smell is gone.