How to Get Cat Dander Out of the Carpet

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Cleaning cat dander out of carpet can help eliminate bothersome allergies. Dander is flakes of dead skin that fall off the animal's coat and blend into carpet and furniture. These flakes cause some people to have itchy eyes, runny nose and other symptoms. Thankfully, removing dander is a simple process that involves basic cleaning techniques. It takes time to fully eliminate cat dander, but everyone can breathe easier once the allergens are gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Air filters
  • Vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Change your air filters to ensure that airborne dander doesn't flow through air and heating units and settle into your carpets.

  • Remove all rugs, furniture and other items from the room.

  • Empty your vacuum bag and remove excess hair in the vacuum suction funnel to ensure that the vacuum is clean.

  • Vacuum the entire room five or more times. Use the hose to vacuum corners and other hard to reach areas.

  • Hire a crew to steam clean your carpets or do the work yourself if you have a home unit. Every steam cleaner operates differently, so follow the directions in the brochure or label on the machine. Most machines have recommendations for the level of soap and water that you put inside the unit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Brush your cat's coat with a soft brush outdoors for three minutes each day to remove excess dander and fur before it gets on the carpet.

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