Your Home Allergy Free for Family and Friends
won’t be long before families will be gathering together to celebrate the
The house will be cleaned,
tablecloths pressed, and all sorts of baking will be done in anticipation of the arrival of
out-of-town family and friends. Thoughtful hosts and hostesses plan seating
arrangements well in advance to make sure that dining partners get along.
The question is what do you do if Aunt
sue is allergic to Rover or Uncle Bill can’t be
anywhere near Fluffy? What about the guest that is allergic to dust mites? Can you make your home as welcoming to them as your other
The answer is yes! With a
little extra work and advance preparation everyone can enjoy the holidays
together without the worry of a trip to the emergency room or a mad scramble for
Pet Allergy: If your guest has a pet
allergy, they are sensitive to a protein that is found in the saliva and urine
of your cat or dog (bunnies, hamsters, gerbils and horses can also cause allergy
problems). This protein gets spread to the skin and fur of the animal when they
groom themselves or empty their bladder. The protein dries to the fur or skin
(dander) and is shed when the dander is shed. In addition, the dried
protein-laden saliva or urine can also flake off on its own and will adhere to
the first surface it touches. Because the problem causing agent is a protein,
it can be denatured or rendered harmless. You just have to know what to do and
how to do it.
It is best if you can begin
preparations several weeks in advance. But if not, don’t panic you can still
prepare. As soon as possible, close the door to the bedroom in which your
guests will sleep to keep the pets out of the room.
Two to three weeks before the
visit, begin wiping your pet down once a week with one of the
Allerpet pet solution
formulas. There are special formulations for dogs (Allerpet D) and cats (Allerpet
C). The cat formula
can also be used on small mammals such as rabbits and hamsters. These products
are 100% safe for your pet and are made of ingredients that will denature the
proteins that are already on the pet. In addition, the residual action will
help denature the additional proteins collected when the pet grooms.
Two to three days before your
guests arrive, thoroughly vacuum all fabric. This includes carpets,
rugs, upholstered furniture, curtains and draperies. Wipe down all hard
surfaces such as furniture and damp mop floors. You don’t want to do this just
before your guest arrives, as most of what we call “cleaning” is really taking
settled particles and throwing them up in air.
After everything is cleaned, go back over the fiber surfaces with a
denaturing spray such as the
These sprays use organic and inorganic agents to neutralize the protein from
animals, dust mites, mold, and pollens. It is not necessary to saturate the
fiber. A light misting will suffice. The surface should dry within 15
minutes. If not you used too much.
The ADS is the stronger solution, as it contains tannic acid. Tannic
acid is one of the most effective denaturing agents on the market. However, you
must be careful in its use. It is not appropriate for water sensitive fabrics
such as silks, wools, and Haitian cotton and can discolor white fabrics. If you
have any of these fabrics or are concerned about the tannic acid, then use the ADMS spray. It does not contain tannic acid.
You can read more about ADS, ADMS, and the other
allergy control products
The day before your guests
arrive, put clean sheets on the bed, vacuum the room, and close the door again
to keep out the pet. Lightly mist all fabric surfaces once again with the ADS
or ADMS spray and wipe the pet down again with Allerpet.
When guests arrive, keep the
pets and guests separated as much as possible. After you handle or pet your
furred family member, be sure to wash your hands before interacting with the
allergic family member.
Lastly, sit back and relax
knowing that you have made your home as safe as possible and enjoy the time you
have with your friends and family.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store