Reducing Pet Bed Allergens
Did you know your pet’s bed may be a haven for indoor allergy triggers beyond just pet dander? Well don’t fret just yet, we’ve got tips ready to help you reduce these triggers.
Treat your pet to a brand-new bed and protect it with a pet bed allergy cover. Look for one that is machine washable, has a zipper enclosure and is dust-mite proof. If you can find one that is waterproof, it can help to prevent mold from growing. Then, wash often to keep it nice and clean.
Wash or Spray
If your pet’s bed has a custom cover that you’d like to keep, wash it weekly in hot water (at 130° F). For other soft surfaces in your home that cannot be easily washed, like sofas and carpets, allergen reducing fabric cleaners may help.
The Allergy Foundation of America has certified some silk beds as allergy friendly. So be sure to look for a pet bed with a reputable allergy-friendly certification.
Looking to keep dust mites under control? Remember to vacuum each and every one of your pet’s favorite hiding places. Additionally, look for asthma friendly certified devices that are a bit more suitable for those with allergies since poor-quality vacuums often kick up dust.
Keep pet beds out of the bedroom
Doing so will help you combat allergens. Additionally, the use of dust-proof or allergen-proof covers on your bed, dog and cat beds will help to reduce both your exposure and theirs.
Because animal allergens are sticky, you might want to remove the animal's favorite furniture and replace wall-to-wall carpet with bare floors or a lower pile carpet.