We all love our four-legged friends, even when they misbehave.
While clawing up the furniture or having an accident on the carpet can be more of an annoyance than anything else, too much pet hair in your home can also have health consequences.
Especially to those that already have mild animal allergies, pet hair can even damage the health of your lungs and sinuses.
Plus, if your animal is shedding more than normal, they could have ringworm, fleas, or simple irritation.
Those aren’t things you want in your home!
In this post, we’re telling you the top 5 tips for pet hair removal.
With over 36% of the population owning dogs, and over 30% owning cats, there’s a huge chance you need to read this article!
1. Prevention Is The Best Cure
First of our list of easy tips for pet hair removal? Do what you can to keep your pets off the carpet or floor in the first place.
As with any other small creature living in your house, bribery works.
If you have cats, get a small pouch of catnip from a local pet store. Then, decide the areas where you’d prefer for your cat to hang out, or purchase them a pet bed. Rub the catnip into the surface and areas that you want your cat to call home.
Do this a few times a day for about 3-4 days to train your animal where to go!
For dogs, you can use smaller pieces of treats, buried in the folds of a towel in a crate or on a dog bed.
2. Soak It Up With A Sponge
Sometimes, effective pet hair removal doesn’t have to be too complicated.
If you’ve noticed a serious buildup of fur and hair on your chair, sofa, or other pieces of furniture that are upholstered, we love this simple solution.
First, get a dry, new sponge (we recommend only using this sponge for this purpose!)
Then, just whisk it quickly over the sofa (you can use the scrub side or the “normal” sponge side, either will work.”) The sponge should collect all the hair, but we suggest giving the carpet or floor underneath it a quick clean with a vacuum cleaner just in case.
3. Make Your Decor Work For You
Of course, you can also use the furniture and accents in your home to help you keep pet hair under control.
For example, take a look at that couch your dog just can’t seem to ever tear himself away from. Is there anyway, at least when a company isn’t coming over, you can add a simple accent blanket for your dog to rest on?
If your pet is obsessed with your carpeting, can you add a smaller, circular rug to their favorite “spot?”
What about using slipcovers for your larger furniture pieces, like your sofas and armchairs?
That way, instead of having to constantly clean them, you can jut unzip the slipcovers and toss them in the wash?
When you’re washing these items, before you get them wet, run them in your dryer cycle for about 10-15 minutes to get rid of excess hair and to loosen especially stubborn clumps.
4. Use This Rubber Glove Hack
We love this pet hair removal trick because it will work on all types of furniture, whether wooden or upholstered.
Make sure that the gloves are completely dry (if you wear them even slightly wet, you’ll have a real mess on your hands – literally.) Put them on your hands, just as you would when getting ready to scrub up your plates and dishes.
Then, all you need to do is simply run your hands over the piece of furniture in question. The hair will cling to the gloves, because of the tension created between the furniture and the material of the gloves.
The hair will gather in larger chunks, so you should just be able to peel off the gloves and throw everything away in one swoop.
Who doesn’t love that?
5. Make The Most Of Your Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets don’t just help to keep your clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh – they’re also an amazing pet hair removal hack!
This is another one of our “preventative” fur removal tips, and it will feel a bit like a massage for your pet. All you need to do is pet your animal with a dryer sheet for a few minutes when they’re heavily shedding.
The sheet will collect the hair, your animal can relax, and you won’t have to break out the vacuum as often!
Bonus Trick: Look Into Hair-Resistant Furniture And Surfaces
Especially if you have multiple animals, picking up their fur and hair can quickly become a daily chore.
Instead of devoting so much time to cleaning, we suggest looking into furniture and flooring that are a little more resistant to clumps of fur. Instead of getting lodged into the folds of your chairs and cracks in the floor, these materials make it easy to quickly vacuum up any pet hair.
Try things like:
- Tile or laminate flooring
- Leather furniture
- Canvas upholstery
Hey, when all else fails, you can always opt for colors that match your pet’s hair and fur! There’s nothing wrong with a little camouflaging….
Pet Hair Removal Has Never Been Easier Thanks To These Tips
Thanks to these tips, pet hair removal doesn’t have to become a time-consuming and complicated task.
Of course, we all know that sometimes, there are some stains and smells you just can’t get out on your own.
When that happens, you need the services of a reliable and thorough professional.
That’s where we come in. No matter what kind of “present” your animal has left on your carpet, we can handle it. The same goes for any type of floor surface you have.
We’re an expert steam cleaning service with years of experience.
Don’t put your health and comfort at risk for one more day, and don’t put your four-legged friend up for adoption.
Instead, get in touch with us and let us take care of the mess for you.