Spring Clean Your Pet-Loving House
Pet owners, take a few extra steps with this years spring cleaning
Pet owners have special needs when it comes to cleaning. Hair, dander, even dark greasy spots need extra cleaning work, says Matt Ricketts, president of Better Life Maids. Ricketts recommends taking a few extra measures this spring-cleaning season.
Use the right vacuum
• HEPA vacuums can reduce airborne irritants by trapping much smaller particles such as pollen, dust mites, dander, mold spores , and dust, without sending them back into the air.
• Vacuum upholstered furniture and beds to catch dander and smaller particles that cause most pet allergies.
Replace your cloths, mops, rags and toys
• Toss those old cotton cloths and replace them with microfiber, which traps more dander, hair, dust mites , and other micro debris per pass than cotton.
• Remove old fabric pet toys, since they’re traps for everything from your pet’s hair, dander and saliva, to dust mites and even pollen.
Change your furnace filter
• Change your furnace filter often and help keep airborne irritants at bay.
• Invest in a higher quality filter with an electrostatic charge to trap smaller particles such as dander and dust mites.
• Speak to an air filtration specialist to determine what kind of filter fits your budget and needs best.
• Clothes trap micro particles that tend to shed on to the closet floors.
• They’re also a favorite place for cat and dog hair to hide.
• Vacuum floors regularly to catch these particles.
Spring clean multiple times a year
• If you don't have the time to do it yourself, hire a professional cleaning service that specializes in green house cleaning and uses professional tools like 4-stage HEPA filtration vacuums.
• Clean your home professionally at least once a year to reduce allergens in carpets, upholstery and drapes.
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If you suffer from pet allergies, let a non-sufferer in your family or a professional take care of grooming. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends that grooming be done outside, and notes that regular bathing of your pet may help reduce airborne allergens.