If you live with pets, there are often undesirable side effects that may keep your home from being the healthiest place it could be because of pet hair, fur, feathers, dander, dirt, sand, and the list goes on and on. Here are easy ways to make your home healthier when living with pets.
1. Wash Bedding Regularly-If your pet has a bed, blanket, pillow, or if he sleeps with you on your bed, be sure to wash the bed at least once a week in fairly hot water to remove dander, dirt, dust, dust mites, odor. Use your dryer’s hottest setting or hang outside to dry as dust mites are killed by sunlight. This will keep your pet’s sleeping quarters fresh wherever they are.
2. Vacuum Frequently-How often you need to be effective will depend on your pet, how many you have, whether it is an inside pet only, or is allowed to come and go at will. If you have a golden retriever who sheds constantly, you may need to vacuum several times a week or more. If you have a poodle that does not shed, and stays indoors, less vacuuming may be just as effective. Regardless, frequent vacuuming will rid your home of the pollutants that have fallen to the floor and will keep them from going airborne with your daily activities.
3. Steam Clean Carpets-If you have to carpet, have your carpets steam cleaned several times a year to reduce the oils, odors, and hair that has accumulated in your carpet even with regular vacuuming. Whether you intend to hire a professional, use your machine or rent a machine, make sure the cleaning agent is pet safe and environmentally friendly.
4. Use an Air Purifier-Cleaning pet dander, hair, fur, feathers, and odor is a constant job, and as such you need an air purifier that is designed to work continuously and efficiently. For best results, insist on an air purifier that is a High-Efficiency Particle Arresting (HEPA) air purifier that has a substantial warranty, low maintenance, and a long filter life.
5. Keep pets indoors especially when outdoor pollen is a problem, or the humidity is high. Pollen can stick to your pet’s coat and be brought indoors, worsening your allergies.
Don’t let your allergies keep you from a life full of furry companionship. Some adjustments in your behavior means you can keep your head and keep Fluffy too!
If allergies prove to be too much, there are a number of “Allergy Friendly” pets available. While animals are generally not considered hypo-allergenic, those breeds producing the least amount of dander are usually a good choice for people with allergies.
Best wishes with your new furry (or not so furry) companion!