For pet lovers who also happen to be allergic to animals, dander and hair can be an unfortunate consequence to owning an animal. However, veterinarian Shawn Messonnier recently wrote on BasilAndSpice.com that there are some strategic ways that homeowners could reduce their sneezing. Those who suffer from allergies may want to replace different items in the household with bare wood. For example, carpeting can be a main place for dander to accumulate, so Messonnier recommends replacing these surfaces with hardwood floors. He claims that carpeted floors generally gather 100 times the amount of dander than hardwood. Another way to allergy-proof a home is to continually clean bedding and curtains by washing them in water that is at least 140 degrees or using a steam washing machine.The upholstery of certain furniture can also cause homeowners trouble. Studies have shown that these fabrics can contain even more dander than what accumulates on the floor, so it's best to replace these with solid, wood furniture. Since Amish furniture is all made from handcrafted wood, there's very little chance of dander, hair or other allergens gathering on them. The sleek, wooden surfaces of these pieces also makes them easy to keep clean.
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