We love our furry friends. They provide us with comfort, laughter, and tons of cuddles but you may not love that itchy feeling you get from your cat.
Believe it or not, it is not so much the cat hair that causes most people’s allergies, it is actually the dander that causes sneezing, itching, and other severe allergic reactions.
Cleaning your home regularly can help to keep cat dander in your home under control which will help to reduce allergy symptoms.
We have some tips to remove cat dander from your home.
Wipe Down All Surfaces
- Wet a clean cloth in a mixture of warm soapy water.
- Next, wipe down down all surfaces in your home as possible, including baseboards, walls, and window sills.
- Make sure to give extra attention to your cat’s favorite spots, since those will have the most concentrated amounts of dander.
- Caution: Do not dry dust! This will only send dander, dust, and hair into the air allowing them to settle in other areas.
Clean Curtains and Furniture
- Cats love a good couch or chair for naps, and so does their dander! Make sure to wash and throw blankets and pillows that you can following the tag’s instructions.
- Shampoo upholstered furniture pieces with hot water. If it is not upholstered simple wipe down the furniture with warm soapy water and a clean cloth.
- You can find rollers and lint brushed that are great for removing dander from your home online!
- Dander loves to cling to curtains! Following washing instructions or simply use your vacuum attachment to vacuum dander and pet hair from curtains.
- Pet dander gets embedded in carpets and rugs. Be sure to use a good quality vacuum that has a double or micro filter High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestin.
- Vacuum at least once a week.
- Have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned at least once a year to remove deep embedded dander, hair and dust.
- Your cat probably thinks that your bed is actually hers! Make sure to wash bed sheets and pillow cases once a week.
- Wash or take quilts and comforters to the laundry mat at least once a month.
How to Remove Dander from Your Cat
- A great way to reduce cat dander from your home is to stop it at the source, on your cat!
- Giving your cat regular baths with a gentle, natural shampoo will help reduce dander.
- Be sure to brush your cat frequently, depending on the breed. Use a good quality brush like the FURminator.
- Feed your cat a good quality cat food, this will keep her skin and coat healthy which will reduce shedding and dander and make for a happier cat!
- Omega 3 fatty acids are a great way to supplement your cat’s diet.
- You can always talk to your vet for more information on how to keep your kitty happy and healthy.
City Wide Chem-Dry is based in Sacramento, CA. We offer professional carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning to local residents and businesses.