The ultimate guide to remove pet hair from all your home surfaces
Every February 3rd is National Golden Retriever day! And what other way to celebrate it than to give you the scoop on how to remove pet hair from surfaces in your home?
Don’t get us wrong. We know you love your little furry ones, and this guide will help you keep your home (their kingdom) spick and span. Doesn’t matter if your pet is a rabbit, dog, or feline.
These tips and tools are just what you need to ensure you don’t keep finding pet hair everywhere in your home.
Tips to remove pet hair on surfaces
How to get rid of pet hair on furniture
Rubber broom: These specially-made brooms with rubber bristles are perfect for tackling runaway pet hair. They typically come in varying sizes, all capable of removing pet hair from furniture and other surfaces, like carpets. A quick brush over your furniture is enough to get the hair our of the material, after which you can pack them up with a dustpan or vacuum.
Rubber gloves: If you want to remove dog hair from your furniture, put on some damp rubber kitchen gloves or use a wet sponge to wipe down fabric surfaces. The hair will clump together due to the wetness, making it simpler to remove by hand or vacuum. Don't soak your couch, though; make sure to let it air dry before using it again.
Get some anti-static spray: Your pet's hair clings to furniture in the first place because of static. Therefore, getting some anti-static spray, or making one yourself, would be a great idea. Simply use a light mist to prevent hair from sticking to your couches (or any other upholstered surfaces where your dog likes to lounge) or to help remove pet hair that has already stuck.
Use a furniture cover: The most straightforward answer could be to cover your favorite couch or bed with a big, washable blanket. That way, all you have to do to get rid of the hair is to remove the covering and wash it.
When in doubt, vacuum: Vacuum cleaners are a gift for pet hair cleaning. There are even pet hair vacuums that are made to do more than just collect hair efficiently. They also typically have a HEPA filter, essential for removing allergens like pet dander from the rooms.
Removing pet hair from floors
Laminate, hardwood, or bare floors: Vacuuming won't help with a pet hair problem on hard floors because it blows the fur around rather than picking it up. Instead, use an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop to trap particles.
Carpet: This is trickier and more difficult than hard floors. The best results are obtained by vacuuming dog hair in alternating directions. Mist your carpet with a light water spray to achieve even better results. Then, before using the vacuum, sweep up any hair clumps with a broom. The moisture will make the hair stick together, so you can easily remove it with a stiff-bristled broom. If you're concerned about carpet odor, you can sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet after sweeping and vacuum to get rid of the powder.
Staircases: A vacuum with stair accessories is the ideal tool to remove pet hair from stairs. The flexibility of the hose and attachments will make it easier to navigate through narrow spaces. To avoid tripping over the cable, pick a cordless vacuum. Handheld vacuums do not have the same power as corded ones, so ensure to go over the carpet multiple times to extract as much dirt as possible.
Getting rid of pet hair on clothes and beddings
Lint roller, anybody?: You can effectively remove pet hair from your fabrics by using a lint roller. If you don't have a lint roller, consider masking tape to trap any hair by dabbing the hair-covered areas on your clothes.
Use the washing machine: Wash your clothes, pet blankets, and rugs in your washing machine with hot water to get rid of pet hair. To further loosen the hair in the washing machine, add a liquid water softener or white vinegar (about half a cup) to the wash cycle. Additionally, we advise putting it through the dryer on the cool setting for a few minutes. Most of the hair will become looser due to the drum's motion, which will draw it into the filter. Always remember to clean the filter after use.
When all fails, try dryer sheets: You can lessen static on your clothes by using dryer sheets. Because of the static decrease, pet hair is less likely to adhere to clothing and can be collected in your dryer's lint trap. And if you don't have any dryer sheets on hand, try using dryer balls as an alternative.
The tips above are a win for getting rid of pet hair in your home. And if you can’t get it done yourself, we are always here to lend a hand.
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