Spring – It’s that time of year when pets start to shed their winter coat.
If you’re a pet owner you’ll know for a fact that their hair tends to get all over the house. You will find it all over the floor, furniture, clothes and even in the food!!.
If you have a pet with white fur, the struggle of removing it becomes even more important, not only because the hairs are more visible, but this type of fur is also more likely to cause allergies.
Thankfully, there are hundreds of ways that you can reduce and remove the amount of pet hair in your home.
Pet hair is not only an annoyance but can affect your health as far as even making you ill.
Hence, finding ways to get pet hair under control is very important to protect yourself, your family and your pet themselves. It’s more than just a simple annoyance, pet hair can make your house a mess really quickly and turn it into a health hazard.
Trying to get rid of it often seems like a never-ending task, but we got you covered. Here are the best 21 ways to prevent and remove pet hair:
Let’s Start with Floors
Vacuuming seems like the obvious solution when it comes to eliminating the pet fur from your floors.
Although it will work to some extent, vacuuming does not bring the best result, when compared to the solutions we listed further.
Keep in mind that using your vacuum or a straw broom blows pet hair into the air which later resettles on the floor – When you are cleaning make sure you are not making more work for yourself.
Pet hair gets everywhere and can quickly reappear if you are not using the right cleaning tools for the job. Using a traditional brush will just mean that the hair you are trying to collect goes into the air, your house will look clean for a couple of hours until the hair and dust settle back in.
Now let’s break down the best approaches you can take to clean your floors:
Hard Floor Surfaces
1. Use rubber broom on the hardwood, laminate and bare floors instead of vacuum and broom
Using a rubber or microfiber broom will help you to get the most out of your cleaning efforts.
The Electrostatic properties of a rubber broom act as a magnet attracting pet hair from hard floors – One of the coolest things about using a rubber broom is the way the work.
It seems like hair is magically attracted to the broom bristles from within any cracks in the floors. When we say ‘seems like’, this is exactly what is happening.
The differences in electrical charges between the hair and the broom create static, which makes the hair jump towards the broom. The brush is also able to pick up hairs from any hard to reach corners or nooks.
This is a very fun cleaning method and, to be honest, my favorite because of all the science.
Static is created particularly well if you live in a dry area, if you aren’t lucky enough, running a dehumidifier for 30 minutes before you begin the brushing will increase the electrostatic properties.
2. A dampened mop works well for hard floors
If you are in a wet climate, you are best using a dampened mop because static electricity isn’t so strong when the surrounding atmosphere is damp. While you won’t get the electrostatic jumping from the brush, you will pick up a lot of hairs with a damp mop.
Using a dampened mop will not just collect pet hairs but will collect a lot of the hair and other nasty things which were on your floor.
Using a detergent or cleaner to dampen your mop will increase the amount you clean, many cleaners also have active ingredients which leave a dust-repelling finish making it harder for hair to collect on the floor.
This is a double-edged sword, as mopping a dirty floor without pre-cleaning it can result in dirt streaks and not truly clean floors. The best way to go here is to vacuum or brush your floors to remove all of the bigger particles, than to wait at least 30 minutes (2 hours, if you can spare them) for the dust and remaining hairs to settle, and only then doing the mopping.
3. Use electrostatic or microfiber dust mop for hardwood floors
Hardwood floors provide lots of spaces for hair to hide. Make sure you use the correct cleaning tool to ensure you collect all the hair. Using the correct type of broom will help you collect all of the hair which hides between the gaps of hardwood floors.
Microfiber essentially has little hooks that pick up the smallest particles. Be warned, doing this will also pick up a lot of dust. You might be surprised will how much you manage nasty stuff your floors manage to collect.
You can pick up a good and cheap microfiber mop at your local discount store, they really are a lifesaver. A tip here is to look for microfiber cloths in you dollar-shops and attaching them to your broom by making a hole in the cloth and pushing the handle through it.
You will get a mop and a broom in one, and single microfiber cloths are easier to deep-clean as you can throw them in the washing machine with your kitchen towels.
4. Wipeout baseboards with dryer sheets
Electrostatic comes to the rescue again, using dryer sheets to clean baseboards is one of the best cleaning hacks around.
The dryer sheet will also recharge the baseboard making it anti-static. Meaning that it’s less likely to collect dust and hair in the future, staying cleaner for longer.
Baseboards always get dirty but with this trick, you can keep them a lot cleaner from more than just hair.
Carpet & Area Rugs
Now, these are a bit trickier. Hairs tend to get within the bristles of the carpet and even if you manage to clean the top layer, a lot of particles would get pushed to the bottom of your seemingly clean carpet.
Don’t believe me? Grab a toothpick and swipe through the bristles of your rug, there would probably be a ridiculous amount of nasty buildup.
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5. Sweep the carpet with rubber broom before Vacuuming
As with the hardwood floors, using a rubber broom will bring out any fibers of hair that are hidden within the bristles of your carpet.
It will also help to get rid of bigger clumps that are waiting to clog up your vacuum cleaner and will ensure that you get the most out of your clean. Using a broom will disturb the hair, allowing it to come out of the carpet more easily.
Remove any large clumps which accumulate with a brush and do not vacuum these up, doing so you will increase the life of your vacuum cleaner. Just pick up any large clumps, it’s not hard or nasty, it’s just your pet’s hair.
6. Use window squeegee on carpeted stairs and rugs
Ok, I know that this sounds weird, but this seriously is a life-changing hack! Here we are talking about the short-bristle synthetic carpets you might have all over your house.
A window squeegee has that little silicone tip that will literally squeeze pet hair from your carpets. It works through the same static electricity as the rubber broom does making it a cheaper alternative. Will work only on short bristles though.
Another quick tip here – try using the squeegee to remove pet hairs from your car seats. Simply dampen the seat with water from a spray bottle and scrap the hair away in one direction. It will roll into balls and will come off the seats instantly.
You would expect that the only places to be covered with fur would be your pet, their spot and maybe a couple of the places they lie at on the floor. This is not the case, if you are a furry pet owner, all of the surrounding surfaces will be covered in their hair, including all the furniture. Here is how you can eliminate it:
7. Use dampened rubber gloves or damp sponge on upholstered and fabric furniture
A damp sponge or gloves will seriously collect loads of pet hairs, just like on your floors. Make you pay special attention to heavily soiled areas, like where you sit or where your pet tends to sit. These areas can be particularly hard to treat.
8. Use the prickly side of Velcro to remove fur and hair from furniture and clothes
The prickly side of Velcro is great for getting the hair out if you are having trouble using different methods but be careful, this will wear Velcro out. Don’t do this with your favorite clothes. It should be something you attempt only if you have failed using every other method however, it’s a great way to remove ingrained fur from your furniture.
Wooden & Glass
9. Use a soft cloth and furniture polish or anti-static dusting spray on wooden furniture
Most contemporary furniture polishes have a dust-repelling or anti-static finish. This means that they will leave a surface where hair and dust are not able to rest.
Although this would not leave your furniture forever fur-free, it will significantly increase the time periods between your dustings.
Something to point out here, most of these sprays and polishes have a nice finish that will make your furniture look refreshed and taken care off, a good added benefit if you ask me.
10. Use an emery board nail file to scratch pet hair off the bottom of furniture legs
One of the worst things about pet hair is its ability to form hard nasty, dirty clumps. If you have little anti-scratch dots on the bottom of your chairs – you know what I’m talking about.
Removing these clumps seems like an almost impossible task. There is an easy way though, use a cheap emery board nail file or a bit of sanding paper to scrape them off (just make sure you don’t use it to do your nails with it after).
Fabrics attract hair like a magnet, but there sure are ways to get rid of it. You probably already use the anti-static spray, here are some other remedies:
11. Use a lint roller for quickly removing pet hair from your clothes
Ok, this will not come as a surprise, if you are anything like me, you will have dozens of lint rollers in every drawer, your bag and in the car.
They are true lifesavers! if you have a lot of hair to deal with, you will be going through the ones with sticky paper way too quickly (a quick as 3 pieces of paper before you come out the door as my fellow golden retriever owners will know), try lint rollers that have a fabric head (double-sided lint brushes). They are a bit more expensive to buy but require much less hassle later and significantly reduce your waste.
12. Use hairspray and towel to get pet hair off clothes
This isn’t my favorite way to go, but sometimes we just got to do what we must. If you are at an event and realize that cuddling your pet before hitting the door was a bad idea – this method will come to your rescue.
Luckily most bathrooms have a little basket with necessities. If you spray some hairspray on a piece of cloth or a towel, it will create a sticky layer that will capture all the hairs from your clothes.
Do only use this method when it’s absolutely necessary and avoid using on silk.
13. Use dryer sheets for removing large quantities of hair off your clothes
Dryer sheets use static to attach fur away from your clothes. When you are cleaning your clothes throw in a dryer sheet and it will massively reduce the amounts of hair you find on your clothes, it has the added benefit too of making your clothes nice and fresh. Dryer sheets are really cheap and they make a massive difference to your clothes, give them a shot.
Beds, Pillows & Curtains
Even if you don’t let your dog or cat on your bed, hairs still seem to go everywhere.
You can massively reduce the amounts of fur and hair on your bed by not allowing pets in your bedroom and especially not on your bed. This will reduce the amount of hair you need to deal with, but nowhere eliminate it.
Here is how to deal with pet hair on your beds, pillows, and curtains.
14. Use a double-sided lint brush for larger areas such the couch and throw pillows
Lint rollers and brushes are not only meant for your clothes, they work great on any fabric surface in your home.
Imagine how many lint roller papers one needs to de-fur the couch?
One lint brush will last you a few spring-cleans and will work great in other seasons too.
Use it on your couch, the throw pillows, the curtains and even the tablecloth. Especially the tablecloth, no one wants to see pet hairs on it.
15. Use sticky side of duct tape to remove pet hair from blankets and pillow
Duct tape is a wonder weapon in the war against fur. Not only is it cheap but you will always have it around your house. It works like how you imagine it too and is perfect for really ingrained hair which you just simply can’t get out. Wrap it around your palm sticky side up and just stick and pull, and watch the hair disappear from your blankets and pillows.
16. Rub a dry sponge over the curtain
Hair clings to curtains and the scary thing is we don’t often see it. A dry sponge will help you to detach a lot of the loose hair on the curtains making it fall off.
If you don’t have hard floors it might be a good idea to remove your curtains and do this outside, following this with a good shake will make sure all of the hairs fly off outside.
17. Use those vacuum attachments
To get the most out of your vacuum you are going to have to use all of your attachments and know what they are for. Many vacuums come with strange bits and you might need to read the manual.
The smaller attachments are excellent for getting in those hard to reach places like under your bed and even vacuuming your bed.
It’s good practice to vacuum your mattress every few months to pick up all of the dust and hair which accumulates on the mattress, I am always shocked with the amount of dirt I manage to pick up when I do it.
18. Use a humidifier to lessen or remove the static cling between pet hair and surface
Keep in mind that a humidifier will not remove the hair but it will make it less annoying.
You can also use a dehumidifier when you are cleaning to increase the static cling which is useful when you are using a rubber broom.
A humidifier will not only treat the air making it easier for you to breath but it will reduce the amount of hair in the air, this is particularly useful to those with asthma who have problems breathing around their pets, having a humidifier with an ioniser will make hair in the air, drop down to the ground.
Now we are at the best way to reduce the amount of pet hair in your house – prevention.
A healthy, well-groomed pet that has a healthy diet and is taken care off will shed much less fur than an unhealthy and an ungroomed one.
19. Brush your pet regularly to remove loose hair
Keeping a strict grooming regiment on your pet will overall reduce the amount of shed hair.
Using a brush on a pet removes most of the hair that otherwise would end up in your house but the type of brush you use has a big effect on the amount of hair you collect. The added benefit here is that most pets love it.
Grooming will also improve their health by reducing the number of hairballs they get, this is particularly a problem for cats.
A bi-weekly brushing routine should do it for most of the pets, start here and see if your furry friend needs grooming more or less often.
Mid-spring and fall are the shedding seasons, this is the time you might want to do brushing more regularly, up to daily.
Make sure you remove any loose fur before it drops off – you can often find large clumps of hair which are about to fall when you are brushing, particularly around springtime. They are easy to spot, just grab them and bin them. Getting the ‘low hanging fruit’ will make big difference to the amount of hair you have in your home.
20. Groom your pets regularly to decrease extra shedding
Giving your pet’s haircuts not only ensures they look fabulous but it removes any excess hair. Following this up with a bath ensures they smell nice and shed less hair.
There are special shampoos which you can buy which reduce the amount of hair your pet sheds, these can be really useful and are worth trying.
Another good thing to do is to stroke your pet, cuddles would be enjoyed by both of you and you will notice if it’s brushing time.
If you are not confident about giving your pet a haircut there are many services which can come to your home and do it for you, they often wash your pet as part of the package.
21. Feed your pet with a nutrient-rich diet and omega-3 fatty acid supplements
Diet plays a massive roll in the amount of hair your pet will shed, as well as the look of their hair.
Consult your vet and ensure your pet is getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need. Just like you, your pet requires good food to look good. Losing large amounts of hair can be a sign that they are not as healthy as they could be.
There are many services which can help you check your pet’s diet, check them out. Make sure you read up on pet nutrition, just giving you pet pellets from a grocery store might be destroying your pet’s health.
Keep their skin and coat smooth and shiny – Just like humans, having a diet high in omega-3’s will keep their fur nice and shiny, while reducing the amount of hair they shed. Meaning you can have not only a beautiful house but also a beautiful pet.