We all adore our pets, but none of us wants to be a walking fur magnet. Here’s your guide to pet hair removal!
With over half of UK households embracing the joys of pet ownership, we revel in the company of our four-legged companions. However, let’s be honest—dealing with pet hair isn’t the most glamorous aspect of being an animal lover.
Unless you’ve got a pet snake, a Sphynx cat, or a goldfish, pet hair is likely a daily companion. Shedding is natural and healthy for pets, but nobody wants a wardrobe, furniture, or carpets covered in fur. So, let’s tackle this hairy situation.
- Start with Your Pet: Shedding is a natural process that helps pets get rid of old, damaged hair and maintain a healthy coat. Regularly brushing your pet not only reduces excessive shedding but also shows them some extra love.
- Choose Pet-Friendly Fabrics: Fabrics with a nap, like velvet, corduroy, velour, and loose knits, tend to attract and collect pet hair. Natural fibers like cotton and wool can also be magnets for hair. On the bright side, satin, leather, and shiny materials repel hair.
- Vacuum Regularly: If your pets have a favorite sofa or armchair, make vacuuming a routine with the upholstery tool. Invest in an anti-static spray for post-cleaning and keep a lint roller handy.
- Use the Dryer: For washable clothing or bedding smothered in pet hair, toss them in the dryer for a few minutes on the cool setting. The drum’s action will loosen the hair, which can then be caught by the filter. Remember to clean the filter afterward.
- Rubber Gloves Magic: Wet a pair of rubber gloves and gently brush them over fabric surfaces. The static created, combined with the textured glove surface, effortlessly lifts pet hair. Simply clean the gloves by soaking them in hot water to remove the collected hair.
- Bedding Maintenance: Regularly wash your pet’s bedding to keep odors and hair buildup at bay. After washing, check for any lingering pet hairs inside the washing machine drum and rinse them away before your next load.
- Damp Duster or Mop: A damp duster works wonders for picking up pet hair from surfaces like skirting boards and walls. For flooring, use a damp mop to collect the hair.
- Furniture Covers: To prevent constant hair removal from your furniture, drape them with blankets for your pets to lounge on.
- DIY Anti-Static Spray: Whip up your own anti-static spray by mixing water and fabric conditioner. A quick spritz helps keep hairs from clinging to furniture surfaces.
- Clothing Cleanup: Lint rollers are your best friend when it comes to clothing. Alternatively, wrap tape around your hand, sticky side up, and brush down your clothes. Spritz your clothing with an anti-static spray before putting it on to make pet hair removal a breeze with a brush or lint roller.
Now, you’re all set to enjoy quality time with your pets without being covered in their furry love! 🐾🧹🐕🦺