How can I get cat hair out of a house?

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I'm in the process of buying a new house. The current owner has two cats. The house is very clean so I didn't think it would be a big deal that I'm very allergic to cats. But 'm still sick from going to the house for a few minutes 3 days ago. Now I'm really freaking out that I will never be able to get the cat hair out of the house and I will be sick forever. Does anyone know what I can do to get all of the cat allergens out of this house?

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If you are really allergic to cats, and probably you are allergic to cat dander - then you cannot move into a house that has had cats in residence. You could hire a service to clean and disinfect the house but it still would not get rid of all of the dander. Find another house.

Catherine - posted on 02/27/2011

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You've gotten some really good suggestions so far. The one I would add is that if the house has forced hot air heat, you may need to get that "blown out" because there could be cat hair lingering in there. Our house was previously owned by a dog lover, and 2 years later we still have dog hair blowing into the house from the vents.

Amber - posted on 02/26/2011

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If you paint, rip out the carpet and refinish the floors you will be fine. If there are blinds they can be washed, but don't keep any draperies. :) Don't worry, you will get rid of it. Even if there is pee, the refinishing and sealing of the wood will fix it.

User - posted on 03/03/2011

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I have had this same problem. Taking all the carpet out is a very good start. Have you had the air filters replaced? If not, they are probably filled with cat hair and it will continue to bother you. And a lot of these women are right, clean EVERYTHING! Cats lick everything and hair and dander float up to get on everything. I would even wash all of the walls.

Susan - posted on 02/28/2011

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Removing the carpet will be a big help, but will not get everything. As mentioned, the hair gets in the HVAC air ducts. When we moved into our house we got the air ducts professionally cleaned, very good air filtration on the HVAC and got air purifyers. You will have to wash all window screens, wipe down all crevaces of windows, baseboards, and pull out ALL appliances! Stove, Fridge, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer...all will have hair attached under and behind. I am severely allergic to cats and we had two large dogs, so I know a lot about pet hair and dander.
Definitely clean all blinds, light fixtures and fans too!
Hopefully you can afford to have someone professionally clean the house, because it is a TON of work.

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Joy - posted on 11/29/2013

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I am sorry you are buying this house that had the cats. I do believe you will eventually get it out. But you nedd to get professionals to take it over before you move in.

Joy - posted on 11/29/2013

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For sure, you need to get a furnace man out to clean your furnace and AC ducts. Because everytime your fan kicks on it will blow the cat hair and dander around. This came from an allergy Dr.

Joy - posted on 11/29/2013

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Ive had two acute care athma attacks, my kitty is gone now, This is getting to be a matter of life and death for me. This is within the last four months. Its Nov. in N Dak. and I have my windows open for a couple of hours. Im on 6 perscriptions, just getting thru predisone today. Ive been doing alot of vacumning. But also have made an appt w a furnace man to come clean the ducts. Also, an appt to have all my carpets cleaned and the couches. Now, what else can I do?? Desperate in N. Dak. Joy

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2011

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Thanks everyone.. the house is a short sale so we are waiting for all the paper work to go through with the bank. My biggest worry is that I do not want to clean it because I will get sick! I am going to have to trust everyone else to do these things for me!

Carolyn - posted on 02/26/2011

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open your windows if weather permits, and i mean open with no screens to get the dander in the air out. wash your walls, ceilings, pull out any appliances that are sold with the house ( you woul dbe amazed how much cat hair you might find caught in the coils or compressor compartment behind the fridge)

vacuum along all your baseboards, or pull them off and get behind them because hair will find its way in there. Clean off ceiling fans and light fixtures too, again you would be amazed how high up this crap gets stuck.

I have 2 long haired cats and these are places I least expected to find there hair, but alas it was there.

Firebird - posted on 02/26/2011

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If you're already planning to rip out the carpet and have the basement cleaned by professionals, that should be enough. On top of that, an air filter is a good idea. You may need to repaint, but if the walls are washed before you move in, it should be fine.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/26/2011

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Try one of those pet hair vacuums (Bissel makes one I think). If that doesn't work, try professional carpet cleaners. And failing that, rip up the carpet!

Tyrae - posted on 02/26/2011

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get professionals in to clean the floor and get some air purifiers. They will help remove the allergens from the air that get brought up by the cleaners. Hopefully that helps. If not you may have to replace all the carpeting.

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I agree with Louise to hire a pro to clean it but only if the carpet is worth it. It might help to ask if the cats have ever urinated on the carpet then that might be a determining factor to remove it. You may want to bring up your severe allergy to the realtor and put in the contract you want the carpets cleaned by a pro of your choice or replaced by carpet of your choice and you want the cost of cleaning or replacement deducted from the price of the house.

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2011

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Well we are going to rip the carpet out of the whole house and refinish the hardwood floor underneath it and get the carpet in the basement professionally cleaned, but I'm worried that won't be enough!

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Last resort, replace the carpet! But before that, there must be someone professional out there that does this sort of super cleaning.

Karen - posted on 02/26/2011

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i agree with louise, get the professional cleaners in - let them know the problem and they'll be able to sort it out much quicker then you'd be able to do on your own. gl

Louise - posted on 02/26/2011

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You could hire professional cleaners to come and sort the house before you move in. They have industrial vaccums that have stronger suction. Other than that it will take time but the house will be cat free within a couple of days. Make sure you have your antihistamene ready because you are going to need it!

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I think they make a powder for vaccumming that you sprinkle on the floor and it helps the hair come up easier.

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