We all love our furry friends, but we probably don’t love the fur they leave behind! If you have long-haired animals, chances are you frequently find yourself tasked with removing layers of pet hair from your furniture. Going at it with lint brushes is a hassle – that stuff clings worse than any lint! Luckily, there are a few easy tips that you can follow to manage all that hair without the headache:
- Pet Covers – A lot of pets end up with favorite spots to lounge in. Cover that spot up with a seat cover or even just a simple throw or towel. It’s a lot easier to throw something in the wash than remove pet hair from a cushion!
- Vacuum Choice – If you’re in the market for a new vacuum and have a long-haired pet, make sure to check its rating for picking up hair. There are some models that are designed specifically for pet hair problems, but even the general ones usually have a hair pickup rating. Make sure to change the bag often to get more suction.
- Damp Rubber Gloves – A cheap pair of rubber cleaning gloves and a little water remove pet hair like magic. Just give the gloves a quick spray and wipe the surface of the cushion or mattress. The hair comes right off.
- Dryer Sheets – If the hair is really clinging to the fabric, dryer sheets will remove it in an instant. However, this can leave a shiny residue on certain surfaces. Test a small area first.
- Anti-Cling Furniture – If you’re looking for new furnishings as well as a way to deal with pet hair, consider getting more leather, pleather, canvas, and other materials that pet hair can’t cling to. If you’re thinking of switching to hardwood floors, now might be the time!
- Daily Brushing – Long-haired pets should be brushed daily. Not only does this keep their fur from becoming matted and tangled, it’s great cleanup prevention. Your pets will love the feel of being brushed as well as the attention, and you’ll love not having to remove pet hair from the couch later.