I recently started renting a room from a homeowner with multiple pets which I'm allergic to. The entire house is full of dander, my clothes, carpet, etc. are already covered in it. What are the best ways to get rid of it all? What steps can i take to keep my room dander-free?

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    The best way, honestly, is to live somewhere without animals you're allergic to, which should have been a consideration before you moved in. It can be difficult to control hair and dander from pets (as soon as I sweep, my floor is covered in fur again), and it will be circulated through the ventilation system.
    – Allison C
    Nov 5 '19 at 15:11
  • This isn't a duplicate, but may contain useful answers for you: pets.stackexchange.com/questions/16625/…
    – Meg
    Nov 15 '19 at 22:08

For people who want to live with pets, but have perhaps a mild allergy, my recommendation would be to vacuum frequently with an electric vacuum that includes a HEPA filter and a furniture brush attachment, install quality filters in the home ventilation system, and run a quality room air filter in the bedrooms. Steam clean carpets, upholstered furniture and other surfaces as often as practical. If the pets are of a kind that can tolerate it, washing, brushing and grooming them regularly can be somewhat useful to control shedding. (Bathing is of little if any use with cats, as the allergen is in the cat's saliva, rather than the hair or 'dander', and a washed cat will immediately embark on an epic grooming mission to remove the scent of shampoo! It's also not particularly good for them to be frequently bathed.)

For someone who is living with a major allergy to another person's pets, there is no perfect solution. Cleaning will be a help, but it's impossible to totally 'de-hair' a house in which pets are currently living (and not easy in a house which has had pets in the past, if there are deep pile carpets..)

You may find some relief by adding filters to the heat/ac outlets in your room, changing clothes (perhaps even showering) after spending time in the main areas of the house, and running a HEPA or similar air filter, and perhaps a humidifier, in your room. You can steam clean the carpets in your room, particularly with an allergy-specific cleaner, and wash your bedding often to help prevent too much allergen build up. You may also wrap your pillows, duvet or mattress in allergy specific covers to prevent allergens from infiltrating them.

Good luck...

  • changing clothes (perhaps even showering) after spending time in the main areas of the house you mean, showering after each visit to the kitchen? Or better, stay prisoner in the room, to avoid contact with the "main areas"? Please be more explicit, because I cannot really understand the entire picture.
    – virolino
    Nov 18 '19 at 5:42
  • I was thinking more like, when returning to the room for bedtime (to avoid transferring allergens to the bedclothes), but really... If you can't confine the pets to one area of the house, and being around the pets makes you sick, it seems like you're basically going to be choosing between 'house arrest' in your room and allergy symptoms most of the time. Seems miserable and impractical to me, but I am taking it at face value that the OP must live with the pets and would have avoided these living arrangements if it was possible.
    – Meg
    Nov 18 '19 at 16:28

Normally, that should not be such a big problem, if the owner of the pets would take care of them properly - including grooming and trimming.

If the homeowner does not care about cleaning his pets and his house, you are in a place which is dangerous for your health. Additionally, you are likely to start a "full-time job" caring for the pets and for the apartment. Are you going to be paid for that?

My best answer on this case is: find another place to live. This one does not sound worth living in.

For particular / exceptional cases, you can use a lint remover. It is a device to which the hairs will stick. If it is paper-based, you just peel the used paper to release a new fully working one. If it is plastic based, just wash it and dry it, before using it again.

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