When you have pets, you can coexist and have a clean home. The key is to know what to clean that you normally do not do. For example, you want to clean your residential air conditioning vents and ducts regularly to prevent dander and fur from circulating throughout your home. Knowing what extra things to clean and how often ensures that your home is clean and healthy for all human and animal family members
Clean Your Vents and Duct Work
Pet fur and dander can collect in your air ducts and vents and when you turn on your air conditioning or heat, it forces the dander and fur into the air of your home. This can aggravate allergies and breathing issues, as well as cause fur and dander to collect on surfaces and make them appear unclean.
Groom Pets When Necessary
Grooming your pets is a very effective way to reduce shedding fur and dander. How often your pet should be groomed will depend on their species and breed. For example, when it comes to cats, Persian cats will need to be groomed on a regular basis due to their excessive fur. However, a short haired domestic cat might not need professional grooming at all. You might be able to brush and bathe your short haired domestic cat at home one to two times a year.
Get Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Pet fur and dander can settle into upholstery and carpeting and regular vacuuming will not be able to get it out. Having a professional come in to steam clean these components of your home help to remove dander and fur, as well as any stains or odors that come from your pets.
Change Bedding Weekly
Bedding is a haven for accumulating allergens, and these include both pet fur and dander. If your pets share your bed, it is best to change your bedding every three days. If they do not share it, you can usually get away with changing bedding weekly. Make sure to use the hottest water temperature possible on your washer to fully eliminate dander, fur and other allergens like dust mites.
Make Dusting a Regular Habit
Pet dander and fur love to fly through the air and stick to a variety of surfaces. Because of this, you want to make sure that you are dusting regularly so that these cannot accumulate. How often you need to dust will ultimately depend on the fur and dander that comes from your pet. However, it is a good idea to do a complete dusting of your home at least once a week.
As you can see, it is possible to have pets and a clean and spotless home. It takes a little more work and diligence, but now that you know that you have to clean the regular stuff along with things like your upholstery and residential air conditioning components regularly, you will find that it is easy to maintain a healthy home.