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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:45 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I have a very severe allergy to cats (amongst other things) combined with severe brittle asthma. I am currently househunting and like older homes which are close to my office downtown. The problem is, that there are often cats inside. I love one house in particular (only seen online thus far and would wear a mask if I view it), it has a cat in it, carpet in one room only. Question: Has any with a severe allergy successfully removed dander from a home? How would you go about it? I was thinking if the carpet was taken up - floors, baseboards, walls, ceilings and cupboards washed and painted, some high power Hepa filters put in for a couple of weeks this could do it. Has Anyone tried? Been successful? I know dander is pretty darn sticky. Any help or advice is appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:13 pm 
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There are services that clean the ducts. That might be something to consider.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:54 pm 
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DS2 has a severe cat allergy (however, we haven't linked it to any severe negative effects yet - he's not quite 2). We had 2 cats and we were told that it would take at least 6 months to a year for most of the cat dander to be gone, no matter what we did, because it is in the ducts and very sticky. We installed an industrial style air cleaner as part of our furnace and it has helped a lot, we shampooed our carpet several times and have painted. We spent many hours cleaning. It's been 6 months and I still find cat hair, usually in the deep dark corners of the basement.

I hope this gives you some useful information and helps you determine if you can do enough to feel as if it would be safe!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:38 pm 
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Thanks for the tips. I may have to try them. I was talking to cleaning companies today that clean up after fires and floods and thought they must have done something like this before, they said no, and frankly I think some of them thought I was nuts. I have anaphylactic reactions to cats. It effects so many areas of my life, that I don't want it to prohibit me from living where I want to live. However the risk, both financial and heath-wise is huge.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:46 pm 
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Allergygal,

check out this article from our Asthma Section:

A couple of expert quotes from it: http://allergicliving.com/index.php/201 ... er/?page=1

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After a pet has been removed, it’s time to get out the rubber gloves, and your wallet. Davidson says drapes, carpet and furniture should all be professionally steam cleaned, particularly if a cat was present, and removing carpets is worthwhile.


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“All the dust in the room will contain a lot of cat protein,” he notes, stressing the need to get “onto the top of door jams and into light fixtures.” Ransom adds that if carpeting can’t be removed, brushing tannic acid powder into it, then later vacuuming, also helps to neutralize some allergens.

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