We all love our pets. But every dog owner knows one thing - their hair gets everywhere. And nobody wants to be covered in pet hair...
My pet family includes a cat and two dogs, so it's like our daily routine with a whole lot of pet hair on floors, furniture, and clothing, not to mention car seats and car interiors. After a decade of pet parenthood, I’ve become somewhat of a expert about dog hair removal tools. This list of tried-and-approved dog hair removal tips and tools has something for everyone and every fur-busting task.
FIRST STEP IS YOUR PET
Healty animals shed their coat to a certain degree. This allows your pets to get rid of their old damaged hair and maintain a healthy uppercoat.
Excessive shedding can be prevented by brushing your pet routinely, plus, can you imagine a better way to show them some love!
You can consult to a vet or a groomer to know the best way to reduce shedding if it’s hard to manage or you have a heavy-shedding breed of dog or cat, e.g. Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Ragdoll, Chartreux.
USING BLANKETS/COVERS ON YOUR FURNITURE
When it comes to keeping pet hair off of your furniture it doesn’t get any easier than tossing a blanket over your couch to keep it fur free.
And the good news is we don’t have to resort to the plastic covers that our grandparents used to use on their furniture — there’s a wide variety of options available.
I have a few blankets that I use on the couch where my dog sleeps. Throwing those in the wash once a week is so much easier than trying to keep a bare sofa clean. There’s a big variety of custom made couch covers to choose from, and if you’re crafty you can head on over to the craft store and make some of your own out of your favorite material.
Use a Roll of Tape to Pick Up Loose Pet Hairs
How many times have you been headed out the door in the morning only to notice you’ve got dog hair all over you? It happens almost every pet owner all the time. But there is a simple solution for this. Keep a roll of packing or duct tape by the door for all those “where did all this hair come from?” moments.
I’ve got a roll of packing tape sitting in my kitchen drawer that’s used exclusively for snagging dog or cat hair from clothes and furniture. Lint rollers also work very well — but they do run out much faster.
Use a Window Squeegee on Carpet to Pick Up Pet Hair
If you already have a pet and windows in your home you probably already own a squeegee. These things work so well at loosening up pet hair from carpet. Just rub it along the carpet and after a few swipes you’ll have a nice big pile of dog or cat hair.
Use a Dryer
If your clothes or couch (or both!) is covered in pet hair, we’d recommend running it through the dryer for couple of minutes while setting it to cool. The action of the drum will actually loosen a lot of the hair, pulling it into the filter. As ever, remember to clean the filter out straight away.