We love our pets; to play with, cuddle with or simply just chill out with. They are the most fun, endearing and loyal of creatures. It has been proven that living in a pet friendly home not only has positive effects on your physical health but on your mental health too.
However, with pet ownership comes great responsibility. Muddy paws aside, pet owners understand how frustrating pet hair can be. It clings to furniture and upholstery despite your best efforts to sweep and vacuum. It also loves to float about and settle on your clothes. Static electricity and humidity make cleaning up after them an even more taxing affair. Pet lovers and pet owners everywhere say that there is no magic fix to this problem. This article, however, provides great tips on ways to deal with this pesky little problem.
If you have a pet, the vacuum is your friend. But, we can give you tips on how to lessen your work!
Hardwood and bare floors:
Normal vacuum cleaners require you to pass over the surface a number of times before it is fur-free. This is because the vacuum exhaust can send hair flying back onto the surface. We recommend using an electrostatic dust mop for example the Swiffer sweeper mop as opposed to a vacuum. A microfiber cloth with electrostatic charge can be used as a cheaper option since it can get laundered and re-used as opposed to being tossed out.
Before vacuuming, dust a bit of baking powder over the carpet. This will loosen the hairs from the carpet fibers as well as get rid of odors. Passing the vacuum over one spot twice or thrice also helps in ensuring maximum hair removal. If you can afford it, the Dyson Animal Vacuum cleaner is recommended for its powerful suction and tangle free turbine tool.
Raking a dry rubber broom over the carpet in short fast strokes peels hair from the carpet. Gently scraping a pumice stone along the surface also gathers the hair up from the carpet.
If you have an accumulation of hair on the edges or corners, rub a wet rubber glove along where the baseboard meets the carpet.
Getting leather furniture would be the best idea. However, we understand that that is a rather pricey option. So for that, we have a number of tips on how to clean pet hair off furniture. Remember, before you start on your furniture, ensure you have dealt with the floors first. Failure to do so will see the hair resettle and it will be a never ending cycle of hair wars.
Pet hair can be removed from upholstered furniture by rubbing dampened rubber gloves over it to gather the hair. A dampened sponge or a lint roller can work as substitutes. Lightly spraying water mixed with fabric softener then wiping it off also works.
These include furniture with finishes such as wood, glass and laminate. We recommend using a soft cloth and furniture polish or anti-static spray. The spray or polish eliminates the static making collection of the hair easier. Be mindful, however, as too much of it will simply leave wet trails of hair. Be sure to change the cloth when it gets full of hair to prevent re-depositing of hair.
HVAC and Ducts
Air ducts should be cleaned at least annually if possible to eliminate hair that settles there and which could get re-circulated into the house. Furnace filters should also be changed frequently.
Keeping lint rollers in easy to reach areas come in handy when you need to leave the house for work or to meet friends. It is an easy and quick method to get rid of hair from your clothes.
Before beginning your laundry, you should place it in the dryer along with a dryer sheet or a dryer ball on a heat-free, tumble only cycle for ten minutes to loosen the hair. The hair winds up in the lint trap so be sure to empty it as well.
Before placing your laundry into the machine, shake out each garment to get rid of any clingy hairs. Adding half a cup of white vinegar loosens the fibers and removes any extra hairs.
Shake out each garment after the washing is complete to remove extra hairs before placing it in the dryer on a regular tumble cycle.
4. The pets
Brushing your pet as often as possible (usually two days a week) relatively reduces the amount of fur they shed and consequently the amount of fur you have to clean up. The Furminator is a recommended grooming brush for being compact, powerful and efficient. It removes the loose fur from the undercoat therefore reducing shedding. This tool is available for both cats and dogs.
If the weather permits, we recommend that you do the brushing outside so the hair that sheds does not end up in your house. If the weather is not favorable and you have to do it indoors, ensure you lay out a towel and lay your pet on it to avoid getting hair on the floors.
A grooming glove is a surface cleaner and dog grooming tool rolled into one. Petting your dog or cat with this gives them a shiny coat. The same petting motion can be carried out on furniture to pick stray hairs.
Beware, cat owners. This may not be for you.
For dogs, bathing should be done monthly if possible. To get all the shedding undercoat out, brush your dog first, shampoo twice then use conditioner. Brush well after the dog has completely dried then repeat the process again for best results.
On the other hand, you could always take the dog to a professional groomer.
If your pet allows you, you can vacuum them! By placing a thin sock or stocking over the vacuum hose, vacuuming your dog does wonders as a number of pet owners would testify.