Controlling Pet Hair
KEEPING PET HAIR UNDER CONTROL
Many pet owners have to deal with fur on their clothing, couches and floors.
Here are some tips that could help with the fur-stration.
GENERAL TIPS: BRUSH, WIPE AND COVER
- Brushing thoroughly twice a week or quickly every day makes a huge difference. It also counts a little towards bonding time.
- Protect furniture with washable slipcovers or old sheets and wash them regularly.
- Cost-effective, washable throw rugs can be strategically placed to catch a lot of excess hair.
- A dog sweater or t-shirt, worn for short periods, can help reduce shedding in between grooming sessions and bathing.
CLEANING PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER
- Tape rollers
- Shedding rakes
- Classic lint rollers
- Electrostatic cloths
- Specific vacuum cleaners (some even have special attachments for dog hair)
How to Deal with Hair in the House
Clean air filters frequently
Wash bedding at least once a week
If you’re renovating, choose hardwood or tile over carpet. You can even choose a colour that will make the presence of hair less obvious
Use a rubber broom before you vacuum
Use a damp mop on tiles
How to Deal with Hair on Furniture
Wipe hairy areas while wearing a rubber glove
Catch hair with a dry sponge (a damp sponge may work even better)
Cover furniture with slipcovers or blankets and wash them weekly
A damp, microfibre cloth also works
Put a velcro-type lint brush to use
How to Deal with Hair on Clothing
- Dry sponge
- Lint brushes
- Rubber glove
- Duct tape or packaging tape
- Damp sponge or damp cloth
- Don’t leave your clothes out
- Get the right brush for your dog’s hair coat
- Hair roller (one for home and one for the car)
- Quality shampoo and proper rinsing may reduce shedding
- Brush and groom regularly (ask your veterinary or pet store for advice on products)
- Quality food, proper nutrition and vitamin supplements may reduce shedding
- If it’s affordable and convenient, consider investing in house cleaning services twice a week
- You may want to make wardrobe changes that minimise hair issues (e.g. wearing more silks and satins; not wearing white if your pet has black hair; etc.)
To deal with hair in the car, refer to the furniture and clothing tips.