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A Housecleaning Checklist for People Hosting Guests With Pet Allergies
A Housecleaning Checklist for People Hosting Guests With Pet AllergiesStudies show that it may take as many as six months before allergen levels become low enough so as not to cause a clinical reaction,” says Andrew S. Kim, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Centers in Virginia.
1. Give your pets the spa treatmentA good bath can temporarily reduce the number of allergens on your pet, says Kim. Sadly, the results are only temporary. Two to three days afterward, your pet’s allergens will be back to baseline.
To make a long-term difference, “washing must be done at least two times per week,” Kim says.
2. Roll up your rugs“Carpets are a greater reservoir of pet allergens versus a polished floor,” says Kim. Therefore, remove those fur catchers from your hardwood or tile floor so you can vacuum up pet hair.
3. Turn on your air conditionerDoing so will help keep humidity levels in your house low.
“Higher numbers of airborne allergens are found in homes with high humidity,” Kim says.
4. Dust before your guests arriveAim to do this a day or two before their arrival.
“This will give dander time to settle out of the air,” says Leslie Reichert, cleaning coach and author of “The Joy of Green Cleaning.”
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