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Old 03-13-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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I am in the process of cleaning my 17 foot Burro for sale. I want it to be super nice for the next owner, and I am going overboard.

I have many friends that are allergic to dogs and cats, and even tho my house is clean to the eye, I know they sometimes have trouble in it. I am wondering what I can do to help reduce any residual allergens that might be present in the rig from my dogs. They never say what helps!

I have had the cushions covered since the day I brought the rig home, so I have no obvious hair issues on them, and I have gotten into the unobvious nooks and crannies with a vacuum and bleach as far as I can see (And some I cant see!) to get rid of any hair that might be present. Bleach is not good for upholstery tho...

any suggestions to help or is it a lost cause? Are there certain levels of allergies? I know it is impossible to get it all.

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Old 03-13-2010, 05:48 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are going about in a good way. The only thing I would add is to shampoo the carpets and cushions. I use a small Bissell Green Machine. When one of my criiters had an accident in the car coming back from the Vet's, I used the Bissell and their Pet Odor and Stain Removal Formula. It did the job. Follow that up with another good vacuuming and you should be in business.
You are very thoughtful by the way. Most folks wouldn't be bothered.
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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I have no carpets, its a faux wood floor. I bought the Bissel machine a couple days ago, and the chems you suggest, just for this purpose!

The former owner of my motorhome was not as contentious, unfortunately. They had two poodles. Poodles mau not shed, and are hypoallergenic, but they still have dirty little paws. ugh!
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:06 PM   #4
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Don't forget to thoroughly clean any throw pillows and curtains. Do you have any throw rugs? ... Maybe those are machine washable? You're fortunate to have a wipe able interior. Carpet or rat fur on the walls creates a whole different set of issues. The things I notice about trailers with pets, is the lingering odor, it's not like you can use underarm deodorant on a pet Have someone that doesn't own a pet give your trailer the nose test.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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I have already washed the curtains and they are in plastic bags, waiting to be put up after I finish the rest of the rig. No throw rugs.

Good suggestion about the non pet person. I suspect its like smokers. They don't notice when everyone else does!

Fortunately.. no smoking has happened in my rig!

PS.. my little princess smells like roses

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Old 03-13-2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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Gina,
Get one of those HEPA air filter machines and run that on high for a couple of days. It will not only help get rid of any lingering odors, it will also get rid of a lot of pollen and dander in the air that is invisible to the naked eye. We only have the one small dog, but she stays in the bedroom whenever we are away so we run one in the bedroom all the time. (I'm allergic to just about everything except dogs.)
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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Gina,

Try OdoBan

It works for me.

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Old 03-14-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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Gina,
It's me again. Just a reminder that many of us with allergies to pets, and other allergies, are also often incredibly sensitive to cleaning chemicals, scented products, and the like. I'm sure you will have that Burro spotless, but whatever you use, be sure to air out the trailer really well afterwards.
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Does your employer have an ozone machine? If not he should so you can borrow it!

I think a good cleaning like you are doing and plenty of fresh air should be fine. As for the cushions, I vacuum and then do an old fashioned "rug beating" on them and wash the cover.

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I didn't do the ozone machine, but have done all else and had a super allergic person come in that gave it the seal of approval!

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It's nice to hear of so many thoughtful ideas, and of all the trouble you've taken. I wish most hotel chains would take the hint, too - many now allow pets in the rooms. Although the hair is very visible and some people have allergies to that, many allergic people react to the dander (dead skin cells) from the pets. One trick I use when cleaning is to throw fabric products (curtains, upholstery, cushions) into the dryer on high heat for an hour or so. You can put them in dry - especially if you're worried about shrinking. The bouncing around in the dryer will shake off a lot of the loose and dusty bits and filter them away - and the high heat can kill mites, molds, etc. which are huge allergens. I use this technique with my wool blanket (I know - wool's horrible for allergies but I LOVE my blankie).

So...when you're done - wanna come and clean MY place?
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No thanks, I am trying to cut down!

I actually clean motorhomes for a living right now, so any extra fun.. is not ...fun!

The trailer sold already to a nice couple from Lake Havasu here in Arizona. It went home with them this morning. They did not appear to sneeze and gag, so I must have done OK.
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PS.. my little princess smells like roses
If our Holly doesn't get enough exercise she leaves little roses all around for us to smell. hack, hack ack!!!!!
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Gina,
Congrats on selling your egg so quickly. I'm sure it was a bittersweet experience to see it roll down the road behind a different vehicle.
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