How to Remove Cat Dander When House Cleaning


If you have a cat in your home, then you also have dander -- the substance that people with cat allergies are actually allergic to. If you or someone in your household are allergic to cat dander, or if someone who visits your home frequently has cat allergies, then you will want to take time to remove it when house cleaning. Otherwise, it will continue to build up and make allergy problems worse.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water
  • Dander-impermeable covers
  • Cloth
  • Vacuum with HEPA filter
  • Carpet-cleaning machine
  • Carpet shampoo
  • Air purifier
  • Wash all linens and bedding in hot water. To help someone with allergies, make their bedroom a cat-free zone once the bedding is replaced.

  • Cover mattresses and bedding in your home with dander-impermeable covers to protect allergy-sufferers.

  • Dust areas of your home using a wet cloth, as opposed to a dry cloth. This will help remove the dander, rather than spreading it through the air.

  • Vacuum your carpeting and upholstery with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. These filters can more effectively remove cat dander.

  • Shampoo your carpets using a carpet-cleaning machine. Choose a machine with an upholstery attachment to shampoo upholstered furniture, as well. If you do not own one, rent one. Use the machine every few months. If you find that the allergy-sufferer is still being bothered by cat dander, reduce the time to once a month.

  • Run an air purifier in your home, especially in rooms where cats go often.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set up a pet-free room in your house, such as the bedroom of the allergy sufferer. Once the room has been thoroughly cleaned, keep the door closed and do not allow the cat to enter.

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