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Preparing for Pet-Allergic Guests: 10 Steps

Critter Culture Staff
Updated Jan 17, 2023

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Are your pets making it difficult for you to have house guests? If so, you're not alone! Cleaning before guests arrive can feel like a chore for many homeowners, especially if they have furry friends. Thankfully, whether you've got cats, dogs, or any other type of pet — there are easy solutions that will make sure everyone can enjoy their time together without fear of a sneezing fit. 

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Brush your pets frequently

Woman combs a dozing cat's fur. Ginger cat's head lies on woman hand. Aksenovko/ Getty Images

Furry friends shed fur, and pet dander can trigger allergies in some people, so consistently brushing and bathing them can help keep everyone in your home happy and healthy. This is why brushing your pets should be just as much a part of your regular routine as vacuuming your carpet. Not only will this help keep them looking gorgeous and healthy, but it also helps to decrease the number of allergen particles that find their way into the air and on our furniture. 

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2. Use air purifiers

Woman setting up the intelligent home system on a digital tablet. ArtistGNDphotography/ Getty Images

Use an air purifier to keep your home allergen-free and dander at bay. The air purifier works its miracle by trapping pet hair in the filter, leaving you to relax and enjoy your company's visit. Plus, using an air purifier isn't a huge hassle — it can just run quietly in the background while you enjoy good company without any worry. Be sure to change the filter regularly to ensure it's able to filter the air efficiently.

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3. Open the windows

dog and cat as best friends, looking out the window together Kerkez/ Getty Images

A delightful breeze can do much more than cool you off on a sweltering day. It turns out open windows are not only refreshing but could help improve your indoor air quality, too! By allowing proper ventilation in your home, you'll be removing pet dander and other allergens that can build up over time, leaving your home feeling fresher and much more allergy-friendly. So open those windows and catch the breeze whenever you can. 

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4. Keep one room pet-free

A cute gray cat sits on the windowsill and looks out the window watching the birds fly. Ivan Zhaborovskiy/ Getty Images

To ease the discomfort of pet allergies while hosting guests, it's a smart idea to create a pet-free room in your house. Whether it's your guest bedroom or merely any room that you designate as pet-free, having this space will let guests feel more at ease and less anxious about braving your home at the cost of a full-on allergy attack.

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5. Roll up your rugs

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As a host, it pays off to roll up your rugs when you're expecting guests with pet allergies. Your rugs will be full of pet dander, and this small gesture can help minimize your guests' exposure to the allergens from your pet so they can enjoy the stay — no runny noses or sneezing involved! To be extra considerate, you could vacuum all your floors before they arrive with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.

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6. Vacuum your furniture

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While you're vacuuming the floors, don't forget to vacuum your furniture too! Not only does a good vacuum remove the messes our furry friends leave behind, but it also can pick up hidden allergens that our pets spread in the house. The key to success here? Equip yourself with the right vacuum. You should look for one that will go deep and get the dust balls and pet hairs out of every nook and cranny. 

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7. Declutter your home

Front view portrait of cute shaggy dog lying on carpet in modern home and looking at camera, SeventyFour/ Getty Images

We often think of decluttering our homes as a way to make the space look more aesthetically pleasing, but it can also serve a functional purpose. With decluttering comes fewer places for pet dander and allergens to hide, allowing for a decrease in their presence. Doing a deep cleaning of floors, carpets, and upholstery can make a world of difference. While you may love all those throw pillows, sometimes fewer is more when it comes to keeping your air clean.

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8. Wash your clothes

 woman in her 20s folds laundry on the living room floor while her adorable dog keeps her company FatCamera/ Getty Images

Not letting the laundry build up in the hamper isn't just about getting rid of dirt — it helps keep allergies away too! If you frequently cuddle with your pet, wash whatever garments you were wearing in warm water to get rid of any lingering dander. Likewise, if someone with pet allergies is planning on staying over, be sure to offer them freshly washed sheets to sleep on.

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9. Clean the crevices

Side view of senior woman in checkered shirt cleaning window with pink dust towel and ginger cat lying down on windowsill. Olena Ruban/ Getty Images

Keeping the crevices clean in your home is a critical part of making sure pet dander isn't unwittingly gathering in unexpected places. Be sure to clean areas such as baseboards, inside cupboards, and other out-of-sight spaces where dust bunnies might be hiding. Just be sure not to use a dry cloth or duster here, as that throws the dander into the air.

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10. Store some allergy medicine

 Woman using nasal drops against seasonal allergy and taking pills at home sitting on couch with cat. Maryviolet/ Getty Images

Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try to clean every surface of your home, if you have pets, there'll be some traces of pet dander in the air. If you want to ensure your guests have an enjoyable stay, stock up on allergy medicine. Not only is this a necessity for someone who has pet allergies, but it'll also show your guests how much you care about their comfort. Whether it's antihistamines or eye drops, your guests will rest assured knowing you have their backs against allergens that may linger in the air.

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