Pet Dander Woes: How to Clean When the Pet Moves Out?

As you know, my sister is planning to move next month, though she hasn't yet found a new apartment. After deciding that the theft of all her personal information from a prospective landlord was a sign not to rent from him, she abandoned her application for that apartment and is continuing the search. We looked at one yesterday that she really loves- great light, good kitchen, big rooms. The only problem? The previous renters had pets, and it shows.

Though there is hardwood throughout most of the apartment, the bedroom and hallway are carpeted. It has obviously been cleaned, but my sister and I are both highly allergic, and could feel the telltale tickle starting the more time we spent in the back half of the apartment.

My sister loves the place, but obviously can't move into an apartment where she can't breathe in the bedroom. The landlord expressed willingness to take some extra steps to rid the room of pet dander, but I'm at a loss as to what to recommend (other than the removal of the carpet altogether). For folks who have pets, or for landlords who have dealt with apartments after pets move out, what would you recommend? We don't mind doing some extra work as long as the end result is an allergen-free environment.

Please share your tips and recommendations in the comments below; my poor sister is beginning to wonder if she'll ever find a new apartment!

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