If you’re the proud owner of a dog or cat, chances are you’ve dealt with a few “hairy” situations. These may include giving office presentations in a suit comprised of more cat hair than wool, rushing a guest to the emergency room after your dog hair encrusted couch triggers an allergic reaction or picking pet hair out of the brownies you baked for your son’s kindergarten class. Dog and cat hair is certainly a nuisance, though one pet parents everywhere willingly live with. Fortunately, there are ways to combat the situation. Consider the following methods to de-fur your home of pet hair.
Sticky Rollers – These tend to work better on clothing than microfiber lint brushes. You just run the sticky surface over your garment, then peel off and discard the top layer once it is covered in fur. Of course, if you have a lot of pets shedding in unison, you’re going to go through a lot of sticky sheet refills.
Tape – Any sort of tape will work in a pinch to remove pet hair from your garments. If you happen to find yourself at the office with fur-covered pants, for example, just grab a strip of packing tape, wrap it around your hand, and brush it over the hair.
Dryer sheets – Rub a basic household dryer sheet across smooth surfaces to keep pet hair from sticking to them. This works well on baseboards and wooden furnishings.
Anti-static sprays – Apply to upholstered surfaces to repel pet hair. You can also spray an anti-static product on hair-covered upholstery before vacuuming to remove more of the pesky fibers. This will help embedded cat and dog fur slide out of the fabric.
Rubber gloves – It sounds nuts, but some pet owners swear that running a wet rubber glove over fur covered upholstery works wonders.
Grooming brushes – They’re for more than just spiffing up Fluffy and Fido. Use a slicker brush or curry comb to remove embedded hair from your carpeting.
Electrostatic mop – When dealing with a hardwood or tile floor, an electrostatic mop is the quickest way to pick up pet hair. Many pet owners have had great results with the Swiffer line of products.
Pet Hair Vacuum cleaner – The Dyson Animal carries a hefty price tag but receives rave reviews from pet owners nonetheless. You can even purchase an optional pet brush attachment, called the Groom Tool, which will suck loose fur right off your critter and into the vacuum’s canister. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser also gets high marks (and is a whole lot cheaper).
Regular grooming – The best way to reduce unwanted pet hair on your home’s surfaces is to brush your cat or dog regularly. This removes loose fur before it becomes a problem. The FURminator is a “de-shedding” tool popular with dog and cat owners. It removes the undercoat and loose hair on double-coated breeds. If you use it once or twice a week for 10 to 20 minutes, the manufacturer claims it will reduce your pet’s shedding by 90 percent.
Is pet hair a problem in your home? Tell us about your “hairy” situation, and how you’re dealing with it, in the comments.