Pet dander is the dead skin cells shed by our four-legged friends and other animals. It is frequently listed among the contaminants that affect indoor air quality and trigger allergic reactions. If you live with several pets, there are many ways to control pet dander and enjoy healthier indoor air. Review what your Los Angeles mold inspectors want you to know. 

Brush and Bathe Pets Often

Brushing and bathing your pet as often as recommended for its species and breed helps prevent dander from getting spread around your home. Keep your pet in a confined area before brushing, such as a back deck that is closed off from the main house, to avoid sending dander specs into the air. 

Wash your hands after brushing and any time after handling a pet to minimize the spread of dander. Do not touch your eyes or the rest of your face until you have washed your hands to avoid allergic reactions. 

Clean Your Home Regularly

Routine vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum prevents dander from building up. Focus on areas prone to dander accumulation, such as carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture. Clean these spaces at least once a week or more often depending on how many pets you have. You’ll also want to wipe down surfaces in your home regularly since dander is a common contaminant in dust. 

Limit Pet Contact With Beds and Other Furniture

If you can, keep your pets off household beds, couches, and other furniture. Provide cushy beds for them to enjoy instead. And while many people sleep next to their pets, they can inadvertently trigger allergic reactions by increasing the amount of dander on the pillows and bedding. Should you wish to continue sleeping next to your pet, wash bedding materials more often. 

Invest in HEPA Air Filters

Placing these filters in sections of your home where pets spend most of their time, such as the living room and TV room, is another dander control measure. HEPA filters trap a wide range of contaminants besides dander, including mold spores, pollen, insect remains, dust, and dirt. 

For mold inspection and removal services in Orange County, please contact Mold Masters today. 

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