It’s just as easy to love our animal companions as it is to hate the little tumbleweeds of hair that collect on absolutely everything we own. Pet hair sticks to furniture, clothes, flooring, and it travels with us in our cars spreading the fur-ball love everywhere we go.
The times of the year pet hair can be particularly annoying are when static is high and humidity
is low (as in the end of winter) as well as the dreaded hot summer months when the hair is flying all over the place! This guide will give you some tips and surprising hacks for getting hair- shedding seasons under control so you’re free to just play with the dog and pet the cat.
Prevention is the best place to start when removing per hair from your home
Taking the best possible care of your pets is the first step towards relieving the headache of fuzzy couches and hairy sweaters. Here are some suggestions for grooming your pets (and preserving your sanity):
- Treat any pre-existing skin issues. Shedding can sometimes be a symptom of some common house pet illnesses. Make sure you properly medicate against fleas to avoid your furry friend scratching more frequently (not to mention, your animals are so uncomfortable with those rotten little bugs chewing into their skin). Make sure your pet food accommodates their skin care needs by fully supplying their optimal intake of fatty acids.
- A fantastic haircut will cut down on the floor deposits of hair. Groomers are trained to assess the best cut for heavily shedding breeds.
- Brush your animal at least two days per week to remove and immediately capture stray hair. Many consumers recommend a tool called the Furminator brush; however, find a brush which is complimentary to your pet’s hair length and texture. An alternative to the brush are grooming gloves specially designed to remove excess hair while you innocently pet your furry friends.
- Bathing your pets also cuts back on the amount of hair on your pillow cases. Kitties may not appreciate it and you’ll need a fantastic drain filter to capture all that hair, but, it could potentially be worth the hassle (particularly with long-haired dogs).
- If you have a highly cooperative animal who is not terrified of the vacuum, some consumers report a sock over the vacuum hose works wonders.
Tackling pet hair piles on everything!
Below is a list of common places pet hair likes to hunker down and how to address each area:
How to clean pet hair off of furniture
- A lint roller or handheld vacuum can be very handy when spot cleaning the couch, upholstered chairs, or pillows.
- You can make a homemade spray of water and fabric softener. Spray the solution on your fabric furniture, wait five minutes (might as well play with the dog!), and wipe away hair collections.
- A fabulous hack in place of electronics and chemicals is a good pair of rubber gloves! Just dampen the gloves and run your hands over fabric surfaces to pull up hair. A slightly wet sponge will produce a similar result.
- For wooden furniture, use a soft cloth with furniture polish or anti-static spray. The spray discharges static for easy removal and creates a sort of priming effect to decrease the likelihood of hair to re-stick to your furniture.
How to remove pet hair from clothing
When you’re in a rush, a lint roller by the door or in the front closet will quickly remove hair from your clothes. For a more eco-friendly solution, bring back the old-fashioned lint brush and clean the brush out when you come home!
- There’s nothing more irritating than cleaning your clothes only to find hair still all over them when you take them out of the washer. Consider cleaning your clothes with a bit of white vinegar (1/2 to 3/4 cup right into the washing machine) to ensure your clothes come out hairless.
- For bigger batches of pet hair, you can toss your clothes in the dryer with a dryer sheet (or a dryer ball for a non-chemical, more eco-friendly option). The jostling in the dryer loosens hair and frees it to fly right into the lint trap. Less is more, so, try not to overload the dryer – you want there to be enough space for the hair to fly away!
How to clean pet hair from flooring
Carpet is practically magnetic when it comes to pet hair. Depending on the style of your carpet, pet hair can really burrow in and stick around for long periods of time – even between cleanings!
- One option for removal is gently scraping your carpet surface with a pumice stone. In the same fashion, you might be able to use your pet’s hair brush (i.e. the Furminator) to pull up hair without damaging your carpet. In a pinch, make your own hair pick-up system by wrapping the sticky side of tape in a ring and picking up bits of hair with the tape (which is slightly more cost-effective than lint rollers).
- If you want the workout, a rubber broom is works like charm at gathering fur nestled into your carpet. It may be a little tough on your back, but, the results will be highly satisfying.
- When you vacuum your carpet, run over the same areas twice in alternate directions to pull out particularly stubborn hairs. To help out your vacuuming efforts, try sprinkling baking soda on your carpet before you get started. Baking soda loosens hair from carpet fiber and, added bonus, freshens up the scent wafting up from you flooring. There is a line of robot vacuums available designed with pet hair in mind. These robot vacuums work exceptionally well for yanking up pet hair and all you have to do is turn them on and let them run.
You may think pet hair should be less of a problem for hardwood floors; however, if you don’t clean your hardwood floors properly, you’re basically just pushing the tumbleweeds around rather than corralling them into one place for quick removal.
- Use an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop to gather up hair rolling around on wooden floors
(vacuums generally just blow the hair up and all over everything).
- If pet hair is getting caught in the cracks, consider sealing or re-sealing your flooring to remove cracks along with the chore of hand-pulling wads of hair out from the creases.
How to remove pet hair from your car
- Most car interiors can be treated just like carpet – start with a lint roller or a small handheld vacuum to collect pet hair.
- If the lint roller isn’t cutting it, you can try a pumice stone. Just run the stone over interior surfaces and go gently on the carpeted flooring. Pumice stones pretty much last forever and they need no electricity to function.
Call professionals to assist with your pet hair woes!
If your pet hair problem is out of control or if you can’t bear the thought of spending hours at your carpet surfaces with a pumice stone or a rubber broom, we have the know-how and the appropriate tools to address the fuzziness of your home. We can accommodate your needs and utilize efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions to keep your home clean and healthy for you, your family, and your fur-babies.