When you have a dog or cat, shedding happens. When you have a double-coated dog, even more shedding happens, and at certain times of the year you feel like your home is being invaded by dog hair.
I’ve been there. I’m there right now, and I will be there again. Here are 5 tips that get me through those takeover pet hair days:
1. Brush It Out
Help that loose pet hair come out quicker and easier with a good grooming tool. During shedding season, set aside 10 to 20 minutes a day to brush your dog.
I use a FURminator de-shedding tool, but a good brush made for your dog’s size and coat will work great.
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2. Suck It Up
If you’re dealing with a lot of pet hair, invest in a great vacuum cleaner that is made with pets in mind. The reason that a pet vacuum cleaner may work better is because a lot of models come with attachments that are specifically designed to better remove pet hair from furniture.
I’ve also noticed that most pet hair vacuum cleaners have better suction power that gets embedded dirt and pet hair better than regular vacuum cleaners. I have the Dyson Animal vacuum (affiliate link) and the new Eureka AirSpeed Exact Pet vacuum and love them both.
3. Roll It
At certain times of the year I have dog hair everywhere, including on myself, which is why I try to always have a lint brush handy. I keep 1 in the kitchen and another in my car.
So many times I have walked into a store and looked down at my pants and laughed because, in some cases, I guess I could have been mistaken for a hairy beast. Lint rollers work well on upholstery and bedding, too.
Tip: Packing tape works wonders when your lint roller runs out!
4. Cover It
If you have a couch that you want to keep looking gorgeous, cover it during heavy shedding season. Couch covers or even throw blankets will work well. Once the cover gets filled with dog hair, all you have to do is take it off, shake it and put it back on.
Of course if it got full of mud during that time, like mine does, you can throw it in the washing machine for a quick cycle to keep it looking new.
Tip: If you’re going to wash the cover, throw it in the dryer first with a fabric softener. The dryer and the fabric sheet will loosen up the pet hair, and all the washer will have to do is get the resistant hair.
5. Swiffer It
Swiffer Sweeper (affiliate link) is my best friend, all the time. If I don’t want to pull the vacuum cleaner out because I’m feeling extra lazy and I don’t want to wrap the cord up after I’m done using it, all I have to do is grab my handy-dandy Swiffer, make a quick swipe throughout the house and my floors are pet hair free — for a few minutes, at least.
The Swiffer gets those dust bunnies covered in pet hair that are hiding under couches and end tables. I buy off-brand dry cloths to save money.
If you just can’t seem to part with your pet’s hair, then perhaps you should look into doing something creative with it like knitting a sweater made out of dog hair. I haven’t gone that far yet, but every spring I do leave some fluffy hair on the ground for the birds to pick up. It always makes me smile when I see a nest in a tree constructed out of my dog’s hair.