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Question DetailsAsked on 2/13/2015

Any recs for companies to remove cat dander? estimated costs?

looking for purchase a house and they have a cat im highly allergic. need to remove all traces of dander. trying to find estimates so I know general costs.

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You need at a minimum a whole-house top to bottom deep cleaning INCLUDING pulling out all appliances and cleaning them inside and out also - you can look in the Home > House Cleaning and Home > Carpet Cleaning links in Browse Projects at lower left for some typical cost ballparks, but you are better off getting a few actual bids. I would target around $800-1500 range depending on house size (for normal size houses to maybe 4000 SF) including the cleaning crew and carpet and drape/curtain cleaning. And don't do it till house is vacated, and don't inherit things like furniture, coverlets, etc that would hold dander - including washear and dryer for severe allergies. Make sure it is TOTALLY cleared out before the cleaning, and any drapes, carpets, flooring being replaced have already been removed so taking them out does not spread it back around, and flooring has to be wet cleaned to avoid respreading the dander from there back to the walls and flat surfaces.

From my experience with severe cat allergy - if you already have this house under contract so you are committed stop reading here.

Otherwise - forget it and find a house with at least zero known recent cat (and possibly dog depending on your situation) habitation, because while I normally am not at all allergic to dogs some of the long and curly haired ankle biter ones and - yes - poodles, set me off almost the same as a cat. I have gone into a few houses after a post-moveout presale top to bottom deep cleaning with steam and hot water carpet cleaning and still started sneezing immediately from dander beaing kicked up out of the carpet. Commonly, in addition to a deep cleaning it ends up taking full removal of all baseboard strips and all soft flooring, then complete cleaning of subfloors that are exposed before reflooring to have even a prayer of being able to live in it without reaction - and of course after that flooring removal and replacement you then have to do a standard wash-down of all wall and ceiling surfaces to get the dander released in the flooring removal - so can be a viscious circle.

I have known several people who ended up moving out very shortly after a movein because they thought they could handle the cat dander, cigarette smoke, fish cooking oils, or such that they were allergic to, but found that continual exposure made it unbearable or even life-threatening. Remember, if you exhibit ANY symptoms after a half hour or hour exposure just looking at the house, imagine multiplying that by 24-48 fold for day long exposure, and that does not even account for the cumulative effect of prolonged exposure.

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