Aren’t dogs and cats great? They make our lives more interesting and lively, and they’re always up for a cuddle on the couch. But owning a furry family member has a downside, too: It increases the amount of time you spend on everyday cleaning. Ugh.
One of the main complaints from pet owners is the sheer volume of pet hair that builds in corners, on upholstery and carpeting, on windows and walls – on just about every surface imaginable. Even if you don’t let your pets on the furniture, any pet hair on your clothes can transfer itself onto other surfaces. You can keep shedding to a minimum by brushing and grooming your pet outdoors, but it’s almost impossible to completely prevent it. Here are some smart tips for dealing with the inevitable pet hair that ends up in your house.
1. Swiffer Sweeper
When it comes to clearing hair from hard floors such as wood or tile, then Swiffer Dry Sweeper is the way to go. Thanks to a dry cloth that has deep ridges and grooves, it conforms to the surface of your floor to trap and lock not only hair but dirt and dust, too. What’s more, it’ll cover large surface areas quickly, making it a quick solution for pet hair removal.
2. Dampened Rubber Glove
Sticky tape is probably your current go-to solution for removing pet hair from upholstered furniture and cushions. But while this might be handy for the odd patch of hair, it takes a lot of time, effort and a mountain of tape to clean large areas. Try dampened rubber gloves instead. Lightly moisten the gloves, and then run your hands over any cloth surfaces to attract the cat hair or dog hair. You’ll be able to cover large areas like couches or chairs quickly. Just rinse the hair off the gloves to get rid of it. (To avoid drain clogs while you rinse, make sure to use a lint or hair trap.)
3. A Duster That Traps and Locks Hair
For cleaning pet hair off furniture, shelves, baseboards and other hard surfaces, try using a Swiffer 360 Duster. The fluffy fibers trap and lock three times more inanimate allergens from pet dander and dust mite matter than a feather duster.
4. Window Squeegee
You might use a squeegee to keep shower glass or mirrors squeaky clean, but did you know it can also collect pet hair from carpeting? After vacuuming, simply drag a squeegee over the carpeting to collect any remaining pet hair into little piles – and then pick it up and throw it away! Some squeegees even have a handle that can attach to an old mop handle, making the task easier on your back and knees.
How do you keep your home free of pet hair? Share your secrets in the comments section below.