We love our furry friends, but we don’t love the hair they can leave in our homes. As the weather warms up and our pets shed, some more than others, it may seem impossible to deal with their fur. We reached out to a Mississauga house cleaning expert and below you’ll find a few ideas to try to combat pet hair in your home, whether it’s on your furniture or floors.
Moisture Makes the Job Easier
If your home is dry, you may not only deal with staticky hair that sticks out and clings to everything within reach. That same static electricity can draw pet hair to your fabric furniture and make it more difficult to remove. This can also explain while pet fur may be more difficult to remove during winter, even if your pet(s) shed less. The dryer air increases static electricity.
Fortunately, increasing moisture in your home with a humidifier or using moisture when removing pet hair can combat static electricity. One common method is simply to dampen the palm of your hand with water and run it along your furniture in a downward motion. You’ll collect a ball of fur that you can then dispose of. A damp microfiber cloth may be better at removing pet hair than your hand, however.
If you’re struggling to remove pet fur from low carpets no matter how often you vacuum, try running a damp sponge mop over the rug. For hardwood floors, an electrostatic mop (think Swiffer brand and similar) will attract pet fur, dust, and other debris better than a traditional broom, which simply moves it around. The same technology also helps you dust and more efficiently remove pet hair from bookcases. Some people light candles when dusting to allow the flame to deal with dust that enters the air.
Find the Right Tools for the Job
You’ll find that your hand is often the best tool for removing pet fur from furniture because it can contour around edges and corners. If a dampened hand misses most of the fur, trying putting on a latex glove. Don’t have a glove? No problem. An inflated balloon is a fun way to remove pet fur by making static work for you. Similarly, a rubber-bristled broom or brush can pick up pet hair from furniture and floors. All you need to do is rinse off the brush in a bucket of water.
You may find that vacuuming does a better job of removing pet hair from wood and tile floors. However, make sure the vacuum is designed for bare floors. Those vacuums with only carpet settings typically kick around debris rather than sucking it up from hard floors.
For your sofa, armchairs, clothing, and even rugs, sometimes a lint brush is the last line of defense against pet hair. There are several styles to choose from, including:
A sticky lint brush consists of a filler wrapped with sticky sheets. After filling up a sheet, you tear it off and throw it away to reveal a new one. The disposable nature is convenient but not as environmentally friendly as a reusable lint brush. Both fabric and rubber lint rollers can be reused. They rely on methods we’ve previously discussed: microfibers that grab fur and rubber that attracts fur using static, respectively. You can remove or rinse fur from the lint brush but may have to do so multiple times before a piece of furniture or clothing is entirely fur-free.
Preventing Fur From Taking Over Your Home
Finally, you may want to prevent fur from getting on a surface, to begin with. Furniture covers, whether fabric or plastic, can help with this. You may wish to keep a cover on for daily use but remove it when entertaining or to use a fitted cover when you have guests. It simply depends on your tastes.
It can also help to train your pets to stay off the furniture and to provide beds for them to sleep so that their fur stays off of yours. And if you brush your pets frequently, perhaps outdoors or wish a vacuum attachment if they’re big shedders, you can reduce some of the hair that’s free in your home. You can purchase shampoos made to reduce shedding, too, and a wash often goes further than brushing alone.