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If you’re one of those people who suffer from allergic reactions to dog or cat hair, don’t panic. There are a few things you can do to make living with your pets more comfortable. Here are eight things to tick off your list if you have pet hair allergies.
1-Remove your pet from the home
Removing your pet from your home is a sure way of getting rid of your pet allergy, but if you’re like me and can’t bear living without your furry family members, then this isn’t going to work for you.
2-Keep your bedroom spotless
Most of us spend 30 to 50 percent of our time in the bedroom so keeping your pet from getting into the bedroom might help a lot. Spend more time cleaning your bedroom aggressively and try using a HEPA air cleaner in your bedroom.
3-Remove your carpet
As pet hair tends to stick to surfaces like carpet, drapes, and upholstery, it’s best to try and keep these to a minimum. If you suffer from pet allergies, having a home with hardwood or tile floors are better for you. Try to keep surfaces clean and remove any clutter. If you really must have carpet, choose one with a low pile. Steam clean your carpet regularly.
4-Wear a dust mask
Wear a dust mask when you’re doing the vacuuming as vacuum cleaners can stir up allergens that have clung to the carpet. It helps a lot to use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
5-Change your clothes often
After playing with your cat or dog, change your clothes and wash them to remove pet hair that might have stuck to your clothing.
6-Check your heating or air conditioning system
Forced air heaters and air conditioners can spread allergens like wildlife through your home. Make sure to get them serviced regularly. Adding an air cleaner and HEPA filter to the central heating or air-conditioning can assist in removing pet allergens from the air. But air cleaners or filters won’t eliminate allergens stuck to surfaces.
7-Wash your pets regularly
Wash your pet once a week to reduce airborne allergens and brush its coat regularly to get rid of loose hair. But get someone that doesn’t have a pet allergy to brush your pet outside.
8-See a specialist
There are several different kinds of treatments for pet allergies. It’s worth talking to your medical practitioner as some new medications and sprays might help.
9-Change your vacuum cleaner
Choosing the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair can make a huge difference to animal lovers who suffer from cat hair or dog hair allergies. There are several good models that can help you suck up all that loose pet hair from carpet and upholstery.