I don’t know about you, but keeping dog hair off of clothing, furniture and the flooring is a never-ending encounter at our house… I’m guessing it’s the same way at yours. Over the years, we have picked up a few fur-busting tips that will support you out if you live with a any fury housemates. Control the pet hair.
Brush and Cover
- Don’t lower your grooming responsibilities; embrace them.Giving your dog or cat a quick minute brushing outside or in the garage each day will save time and energy spent dusting, sweeping and vacuuming every week. You’ll soon see a decrease in the number of fur bombs you find around the house.
- Use washable slipcovers to protect your furniture. Nobody wants to rest on a sofa concealed in pet hair — not you, not me, not your visitors. Invest in a few furniture covers specifically made for the purpose — you could just use some timeworn sheets. As needed, toss them in the laundry and replace with a clean one.
- Use throw rugs to safeguard floors and carpets.Place rugs deliberately so they gather the lion’s share of pet fleece and help prevent it from distributing throughout the house. You should also have one at each entranceway to the outdoors to catch the dust, dirt and fragments your pet brings in on his feet and fur. Choose washing machine friendly rugs with non-skid backing; they’re easy and low-priced to replace when they become stained or tatty.
- Keep paws clean.After your dogs have been outdoors, wipe their feet with a microfiber hand mitt before you let them into the rest of the house. It will amaze you at how quickly the mitts get dirty, but that just means the rest of the house is staying clean.
- Call me crazy, but covering up your pet helps, too. After a wash or brushing, dress your pet in an old t-shirt. If they wear it between grooming sessions, it will help keep the fur on him and off your belongings.
Think electrostatic cloths such as Swiffer’s that gather up hair from hardwood or tile floors, the classic lint roller for eliminating hair from clothes, and the many vacuum cleaners by Bissell, Dirt Devil and Dyson designed specifically for pet-owning households.
Some vacuum cleaners even have unique attachments that you can use on your pets. Some pets really like being vacuumed, but introduce them to the concept gradually and watchfully, or you may end up with unexpected injuries.
Grooming tools such as shedding rakes get extra fur off pets like you wouldn’t believe. One that I really like is the FURminator. Just be careful not to remove so much hair that your pet is bald…
There’s no magic yet for keeping pet fur under control, but regular grooming and housekeeping will help you combat fur flurries and keep the fuzz to a minimum.