Is there an asthmatic in the home? Or maybe someone who’s susceptible to allergies more generally? When it comes to upholstery cleaning, the presence of pets is hardly helpful. Add a vulnerable person into the equation and things suddenly become quite complex. While the situation isn’t ideal, it helps to understand about how allergies come into being before identifying applicable solutions, including a few useful and cheap items worth investing in.
First of all, a susceptible human doesn’t simply react adversely to fur, but instead responds to a protein present in an animal’s dead skin flakes, bodily fluids and feathers. So pet hair isn’t to blame technically. What does happen however is that, when an animal licks itself clean, it transmits the protein responsible onto its own hair through saliva. So, when that hair or fur is shed onto a sofa, it lays a hazardous type of allergy ‘foundation’.
While there remains a host of pet-related living circumstances too exhaustive to discuss here, our focus ought shift swiftly onto how regular sofa cleaning can reduce any threat of allergy substantially and supplement most types of animal company in the home.
While not exactly limited to sofas, the soft spongy material responsible for affording us leisure comprises the best part of the upholstery category. So becoming a reliable sofa cleaner is half of the battle. From sweat to food related moisture, to leaks after rainfall, sofas are prone to dampness, particularly during the winter months at times where the room they are located in is cool. It might be added that parts of the UK prone to even the slightest bit of flooding are much more vulnerable to dampness.
Pair such dampness with the aforementioned allergy ‘foundation’ hair shed by furry animals and things suddenly become a bit more ominous. This is precisely why regular cleaning is necessary, but only as far as the right cleaning tools and procedures are used. Below are three useful tools worth buying if you’ve got allergy-prone occupants and pets living together.
Upholstery cleaning solutions in a pet home
1 – Invest in a cordless vacuum cleaner
Versatile across all sofa-based surfaces, while useful in removing debris and dust, every pet home needs a cordless vacuum cleaner. The mobile versatility of the device alone is sufficient in removing the ‘chore’ factor in sofa cleaning and can be performed all the time. Clean up after your dog the moment you notice a speck of hair fall onto the sofa.
2 – Invest in a steam cleaner
Professional cleaners will use a steam cleaner. Spend at least half an hour each week using the steam cleaner. It’s crucial to ventilate thoroughly afterwards to prevent any steam residue from turning into dampness, so ideally choose a sunny morning to perform the steam cleaning before ventilating in the initial hours of the afternoon.
3 – Invest in an air cleaner
There are certain affordable air cleaners on the market that are suitable for use. More specifically, air purifiers tend to occupy the lower end of the price spectrum. On the other hand, more advanced purifiers and sterilizers are pricier, so be prepared to spend more should you feel you need to. Be sure to do your homework on any potential purchase however, and consult with retailers about how any product functions. Air cleaners are especially good in suppressing cat allergies and will aid your upholstery too by preventing dust and debris from settling. Certain vacuum cleaners with air filters are on the market as well, so look into those if necessary.