No matter how much you brush-a, brush-a, brush-a, it seems like hair from your cat or dog finds a way to end up off your pet and onto your personal belongings. Unless you are giving a home to a hairless breed, you probably knew shedding was part of the deal when it came to owning a pet. But just because your furry friend doesn't mind sharing the fluffy love doesn't mean you have to give up on keeping your home clean. Here are our tips about where pet hair hides and how you can work on banishing that extra fur from your life.
Buying a vacuum designed for pet hair pickup is a great start, but sadly, these machines don't pick up all the fluff. Due to the constant activity your carpet sees, it is easy for pet hair to be ground deeper into your flooring. To get rid of this entrenched fur, try going over the high-traffic areas of your carpet with Velcro or a wet sponge to capture the hair vacuums leave behind.
Pet hair doesn't just get on the couch cushions, but between them as well. When you clean the hair your cat or dog leaves behind, make sure you lift the cushions and clean all the sides. This will prevent forgotten fur from getting back on your furniture. Brushing and cleaning your pet regularly also will help minimize shedding and keep hair off your sofa. If your vacuum and lint rollers aren't enough, try dragging a rubber glove over your furniture to attract anything left behind.
Sharing a bed with your dog can be cuddly, but it also can be messy. To help cut down on having hair everywhere, provide your pet with its own blanket and a special spot on the bed. Before you wash this blanket, thoroughly go over the surface with a lint roller or other pet-hair remover. Wash the blanket with other pet items, and then dry it with a fabric softener sheet. Be sure to clean out the lint trap and dryer for excess pet hairs to prevent spreading fur to other laundry.
Cats and dogs are curious, which leads them to explore and hang out in unusual parts of the house, like the bathroom. If your pet likes to chill in the sink or tub, you may find your drains getting clogged by hair other than yours. The easiest way to prevent this problem is to keep the bathroom off limits to animals, unless they are there for their own grooming. If you don't want to shut your pet out, an easy way to remove hair from drains, other than chemical products or a plumber, is to try sticking a small, rough hair brush down the drain and twirling the brush to pick up caught hair.
BOOKCASES & OTHER HIGH SPOTS
Pet hair can reach amazing heights, especially if you have cats. Since many nimble animals can get to places that are hard to reach for us, it is important to dust these areas. To prevent the accumulation and further spread of pet hair, dust bookcases, shelves and fans regularly. Many pet owners finding using a dryer sheet during dusting is a great way to pick up stray fur.
A pet often has at last one place to escape to when there is too much noise or stress. Unfortunately, sometimes this place is the bottom of your closet, where you pet's hair transfers to your clothes. While lint rollers will get this hair off, it won't keep it off if your pet keeps returning to the same spot. To encourage your pet to find another spot to relax, try buying it a piece of furniture of its own, like a cat tree or a dog bed, and put it in a quiet spot near where your pet usually goes. This new area will keep your pet out of the closet and give you only one piece to clean.
All those summer days pets spend sitting by the window waiting for you to return, or watching the outdoors, lead to an accumulation of fur in your window screen. The best way to clean these screens is to remove them and give them a full washing. To do this, take the screens to a driveway or bathtub and rub them down with a soapy sponge. Make sure to be gentle, so as not to damage the screen. Then use a hose or shower to rinse off the solution and finish by letting the screens air dry before putting them back in. To help keep screens tidy in between cleanings, use a vacuum or lint roller.
Yuck! There is nothing like a pet hair tumbleweed rolling across the kitchen floor during dinner to make you lose your appetite. To prevent these furry eyesores, give your tile and hardwood surfaces a quick swipe with an electrostatic mop. While cooking, rub down dishware with a dry paper towel and wear a clean apron to prevent the transfer of pet hair onto kitchen surfaces.
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Frequent car trips with your dog can lead to an extra layer of fuzz on your car's upholstery. To prevent this pet hair problem, there are rubber mats that are easy to wash and can be used in crates. To deal with a current issue, spritz the seats with a mixture of fabric softener and water, rub the surface with a rubber glove, and then use tape or a vacuum to remove any excess fur after the seats dry. Using this mixture has the added bonus of leaving your car with a fresh scent.