Dander and allergens in your home..

According to Wikipedia; Dander is material shed from the body of humans and other animals that have fur, hair, or feathers. The term is similar to dandruff, when an excess of flakes becomes visible. Skin flakes that come off the main body of an animal are dander, while the flakes of skin called dandruff come from the scalp and are composed of epithelial skin cells. The surface layer of mammalian skin is called the stratum corneum, which is shed as part of normal skin replacement.

Dander is microscopic, and can be transported through the air in house dust, where it forms the diet of the dust mites. Through the air, dander can enter the mucous membranes in the nose and lungs, causing allergies in susceptible individuals, largely through the mechanism of allergy to proteins in the bodies of the dust mites that live on dander. Dander builds up in carpets and in mattresses and pillows, so smooth surfaces predispose to an environment where levels of dander can be controlled more easily. More pet dander is sloughed off in older animals than in younger animals. Dander build up can be a cause of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis, in humans. “Dr. Paivi Salo, and allergy expert at the National Institute of Health states ‘Currently, airborne allergies affect approximately 10-30% of adults and 40% of children. Damp dusting and vacuum cleaners with sealed bodies and fitted with HEPA filters reduce re-distribution of the dander dust, with associated dust mites, into the air.”

 Removing dander odor from your home will require many steps including cleaning virtually all absorbent items and surfaces in your home. Your carpeting may take more than one  cleaning attempt to remove the odor. In extreme cases where the Dander has made its way to the backing or pad, replacement may be the only answer.

Beyond cleaning of your textiles, you should consult with an IICRC Certified Odor Specialist about deodorizing of further content in your home. Your HVAC system will need cleaning and deodorizing as well and we highly recommend using a NADCA Certified HVAC Specialist for this service. (https://nadca.com/find-a-professional)