How to Reduce Animal Dust and Dander in Your Home

If your home needs major help controlling animal dirt, here's where to look.

Steps

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    Vacuum common areas everyday. Even 2 minutes of cleaning will make a difference. Hit the areas that are your pet's favorite the most.
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    Dust furniture with Pledge and Murphy's Oil Soap (can be bought at local grocery store) weekly. Use a Dusting wand for hard to reach places or a quick clean up. If you have hardwood floors use a Swiffer dusting broom to clean up.
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    Regularly brush/groom your pets (outside if possible) so that they are not shedding excess in your home.
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    Use an air filtration system. If you have forced air you can buy filters for the vents and furnace. A standing system is recommended for the best air quality (remember to clean this regularly as well).
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    Air out your home when possible to get rid of dusty odors.

Tips

  • Shampooing carpets can get deep-down dirt that isn't gotten with a vacuum.
  • Invest in a good vacuum. The Dyson is good for homes with animals.
  • Don't forget to clean under furniture and baseboard units.
  • Rugs and fabrics (sofas, chairs, etc.) often trap the most dust and grime. Clean these areas often.
  • If you can get your pet professionally groomed every so often to get them to their best coat health.
  • You may want to keep pets off furniture to avoid spreading hair and dust.

Warnings

  • Don't worry if your home isn't spotless. Just try to make it better.
  • Don't buy more pets unless you're willing to care for their messes.
  • Don't get discouraged.

Article Info

Categories: Pets and Animals