Statistics revealed that one in every ten people suffer from pet dander allergies. Some guidelines recommend that people with allergies or asthma avoid keeping pets—but there are several ways you can cut down on pet allergens at home:
- Restrict pets to rooms with wooden floors. Wood flooring traps less dander than carpets and are easier to clean – keeping pets off carpets may help cut down on allergens.
- Keep pets off furniture. Keeping pets off carpets, upholstered furniture, and beds can reduce exposure to dander. Any furniture, fabrics or materials that pets do come into contact with should be vacuumed or washed frequently (preferably with a vacuum cleaner containing a HEPA filter). This includes throw rugs, pet beds, cushions, pillows and blankets.
- Dust often. Dusting as often as possible will keep dander (as well as dust mites and other allergens) to a minimum.