Pets are wonderful to have but removing pet hair from the couch, curtains, carpets, bed and even your clothes can be a nightmare. Shedding season is the worst as you tend to find hair everywhere, and removing it is downright painful. Thankfully, there are many pet hair removal products available in the market. These literally act as pet hair magnet to easily remove pet hair from your carpet, couch and other furniture items. Given below are some easy dog and cat hair removal techniques to help you get a cleaner home.
1. Damp glove
Use a damp glove to easily remove pet hair from couch and clothes. All you need to do is wear an old glove, wet it a bit so that it is just damp – not dripping wet. Now run the glove all over the hairy surfaces. If you do not have a glove, use a wet sponge or a rag to do the same. Once done, rinse the glove under water to remove the trapped hair. Discard the hair ball in trash can.
2. Use diluted fabric softener
Spray some fabric softener on the upholstery where your dog or cat’s hair is stuck. Now, use a dry cloth to wipe down the surface. This is one of the best dog and cat hair removal techniques to give you cleaner furniture.
3. Furniture polish
One of the best ways to remove dog and cat hair from chairs, tables and other wooden furniture is to use furniture polish. Take an old rag and dip it in the polish. Wipe down all surfaces with a rag. You can also use anti static dusting sprays. These pet hair removal products work by removing static charge so the hair comes off easily.
4. Pet hair vacuum attachments
Simply vacuuming to remove pet hair won’t help you get rid of all the pet hair from the carpets and rugs. You need to use an object with a rough surface to remove the statically charged hair that clings tightly to the rugs and carpet fibers. Use a pumice stone or sandpaper to loosen the hair up before performing a ‘pet hair vacuum’ throughout the house. Many pet hair removal products like FURminator are also available that can help remove the fur from the carpets without damaging it. On hard wood flooring, before vacuuming to remove pet hair, you can use a wet mop or microfiber dry mop as the vacuum tends to blow the hair around. By using a mop, you can collect the hair first and prevent them from spreading.
5. Tips to vacuum
When vacuuming to reduce pet hair from carpets and rugs, you must go over the area twice in alternate directions. This will help you get rid of stubborn hair and free your rugs and carpets of pet hair. This is one of the easy ways to remove pet hair from carpets and rugs.
6. Get rid of pet hair from clothes with lint remover
Many pet hair removal products like lint remover roller brush are ideal for removing pet hair. So just brush the clothes prior to wearing them with a lint remover or you can brush your clothes just before you leave the home. You can also make a DIY lint remover with duct tape.For very stubborn tiny hair stuck to clothes, you need to toss the clothing in a dryer with some dryer sheets. The sheets remove the static and help you get rid of hair. When washing clothes, always use a liquid clothes softener solution that helps remove pet hair easily from clothes. Velcro curlers also work wonderfully to remove stubborn pet hair from clothes. Make sure you store the clothes in a place away from the pets to minimize hair sticking to them.
7. Protect your bathroom drains
Pet hair can get inside bathroom and sink drains clogging them up completely. So make sure you use a drain stopper or filter. These are readily available in home improvement stores or online.
8. Brush and groom the pets themselves
Use a grooming brush to groom the pet so that the loose hair is trapped in the brush and less in your environment. Trim the pet’s fur (in case of long haired dogs) regularly to minimize shedding.
9. Use a balloon
This is a surprising technique of reducing pet hair from couches and sofas. Blow a balloon and rub it on the surfaces having pet fur. The balloon helps reduce static electricity and loosens the hair which you can easily collect or vacuum off.
10. Rubber brooms
Rubber brooms are more effective in removing pet hair from hardwood floors and carpets since they reduce the static cling and loosen the hair up. Alternatively, you can sue rubber soles from inside trainer shoes or underside of boots having rubber on them (without dirt attached of course!) to loosen the hair. Once the hair bunches up, you can easily pick it up and trash it.
11. Feed the pet a good diet
Some amount of shedding is normal in pets. However, excess shedding should be brought to the attention of the vet. Make sure you feed the pet a good diet with B-vitamins to minimize shedding. Brewer’s Yeast, biotin tablets and coat and hair supplements can be easily purchased as part of the pet hair removal products and fed to the pet to minimize excessive shedding. Use a good antifungal shampoo while bathing the pet. Get rid of pet allergies as these can also be a cause of abnormal shedding.
Use these tips for dog and cat hair removal and prevent pet fur from getting out of hand.