The holidays are approaching, which means more people visiting and trekking through your home. More likely than not, your visitors will have pet allergies that can be a problem even if your animals are taken out of the house. Andrew S. Kim, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Centers in Virginia says, “Studies show that it may take as many as six months before allergen levels become low enough so as not to cause a clinical reaction.”
Here’s what you can do to get your home ready for your allergy-prone guests!
Give your pets a good clean.
Wash your pets a few times per week in order to reduce the number of allergens. Although this can be temporary, increasing baths from once a week to two or three times a week can make a big difference.
Roll your rugs.
Carpets are one of the worst places that catch pet allergens. Remove these hair catchers from your floor so that you can vacuum effectively.
Dust before anyone arrives.
Two to three days before your guests arrive, make sure to clean your home well. Leslie Reichert, cleaning coach and author of The Joy of Green Cleaning says, “This will give dander time to settle out of the air.”
Clean your air.
This might be overlooked, but clean air is essential. Consider purchasing an air purifier and place it in the most-used room in your home at least 48 hours before the arrival of your guests.