It’s one of the universal signs of owning a pet – excess pet hair on your clothing and throughout your house. Although you love your pet, cleaning up their excess fur can drive you barking mad! The bad news is unless you choose a pet with limited or no fur like a gorgeous Sphynx Cat or a Chinese Crested Dog, you’re probably going to have to deal with pet hair. But the good news is, there are ways you can limit the amount of pet hair collecting around your house. And no, we’re not just talking about buying a Roomba and letting your cat cruise around on it.
Keep reading to find out some other tips for how to keep pet hair under control.
Address the source
The best way to keep pet hair under control is to address the source itself – your pet. There are two ways you can help your pet keep their hair loss under control – grooming and diet.
Grooming isn’t just about making your pet look in tip-top condition; it’s a great way to remove excess hair and limit the number of fluff piles around your house. It also helps to bring out the natural oils in the animal’s fur which promotes a shiny coat and enables dirt to slide off the hair. But how often do you need to groom your pet? Ideally, dogs should be professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks. And, even though cats keep themselves pretty clean, you’ll still need to stay on top of their grooming. Of course, your choice of grooming is up to you. If you’re looking for a great groomer for your fur baby, you can treat your pet to a day at the spa with our onsite groomer, Tamika. Alternatively, you can find a range of de-shedding blades, brushes, grooming gloves and more, at your local pet store.
Diet not only plays a vital role in the overall health of your pet, but the correct diet can also impact your pet’s external features such as skin and fur. It’s important to talk to your vet about the best food for your pet as the incorrect food could increase the likelihood of skin issues or excessive shedding.
If the diet and grooming of your pet are under control, but shedding hair is still an issue, why not try some of the following ways to rid your house of pet hair?
Wash and vacuum
Keeping your pet’s bedding neat and tidy is a priority when it comes to controlling pet hair. Ensure you wash your pet’s bedding regularly to prevent any excess fur floating around the house. A vacuum is also a fantastic tool when it comes to keeping pet hair under control. Not only is it the go-to tool for cleaning pet hair, but you can also purchase pet grooming vacuum accessories!
If pet hair continues to cover your house, there are a few cleaning hacks that you can try.
- Rubber gloves
Wet rubber gloves and brush them over the surface of fabric. This action will create a static which will collect the hair. When the gloves get full of pet hair, simply dunk them in hot water, watch the fur float away and repeat with another section of the sofa.
- Tape rollers
Tape rollers are an excellent solution for clothes and fabrics which collect fur after cleaning. They are quick, cheap, efficient and you can pick them up from grocery stores!
- The dryer
For fabrics, clothes or anything you are going to run through the washing machine, try putting the product in the dryer for a few minutes on cool prior to the wash. The movement inside the dryer will likely loosen much of the hair and pull it into the filter. Just ensure you clean the filter once you’re finished!
Don’t fancy throwing your pet hair out? You can take a leaf out of Instagramer Rojiman’s book and make quirky hats for your pets!