Is Pet Hair your Pet Peeve?
Easy Ways To Keep Pet Hair Under Control in Your Home…
Pet owners know how difficult it can be to deal with shedding, cleaning pet hair is a very tiresome task, even small pets create a lot of hair and it can get everywhere in your home. Here’s our best guide to keeping all that hair under control for carpets, furniture, surfaces and floors
Before you start… 2 important preventative measures to make the job easier…
1. Keep your home humid
When the air in your home is dry and warm (especially in winter when the heating is on) static electricity is increased and pet hair sticks to hard surfaces… this makes cleaning pet hair really tricky. When you are dusting if you see the pet hair returning to the surfaces you’ve just cleaned then you should either put out some bowls of water or invest in a humidifier…. To add moisture to the air.
2. Groom your pet
Removing the pet hair before it gets on to the furniture and carpet is the best strategy. Pets tend to shed more at certain times of the year, particularly in the summer months and grooming your pet when they are shedding can save you time and energy. All that hair you remove by grooming is not going to have to be vacuumed up by you.
Your pet loves to be groomed – it feels like a massage and you will enjoy doing it when you see how effective it is at preventing that hair from being on your furniture. You can use a pet groomer or just a brush, have a bag or bin handy to dump the hair. You can also buy an attachment for your vacuum, this is the easiest way to deal with the hair from grooming your pet but it depends … if your dog will stand it!
Cleaning Pet Hair from Carpets
Vacuum twice a week every week using a pet vacuum
Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. There is no substitute for vacuuming and to trap the maximum amount and prevent tiny hairs being blown around you should use a machine specially made for the job. Almost all brands make a pet vacuum and it is better to get a HEPA vacuum which can trap the tiniest particles.
Keep your vacuum well maintained and empty the dust bag
If the hair is particularly plentiful you might want to use a rubber broom on the carpet before you vacuum. A rubber broom has solid rubber “bristles “ that collect the pet hair as you sweep it over the carpet. You can then dispose of most of the pet hair and fluff before you start vacuuming.
We recommend professional cleaning for carpets twice a year for pet owners by Deluxe Dry Carpet Cleaning 0161 768 0208
Use an electrostatic mop or a dry mop
A mop with a wide head and a soft microfibre attachment is a great way to quickly pick up the hair and dust that sticks to your floor after brushing or vacuuming. When the microfibre material becomes dirty you can simply wash it in the washing machine but don’t use softener … softener spoils the fabrics ability to pick up.
Another option is a dry mop ( I buy mine from Wilkinsons) and attach an electrostatic cleaning wipe. No laundering needing … just replace the sheet after each use.
These thin wipes are excellent for using as dusters for “high shine” surfaces, they attract the dust and pet hair , because they have a negative charge.
Putting down a blanket in your pets favourite place will protect your furniture from pet hair and body oils. It is much easier to wash a blanket or throw than to have your upholstery cleaned.
Cleaning pet hair from furniture
Every time you vacuum the carpet you should vacuum the surfaces of your furniture using the upholstery attachment that came with your vacuum. It has a much smaller head and is attached to the hose.Regularly cleaning pet hair from your furniture keeps it under control.
When you vacuum your furniture rotate the seating cushions so that they are receiving equal wear.
Use a damp sponge or a damp gardening glove. A very slightly damp sponge will collect the pet hair into a lump that is easily removed. A damp glove will do the job too, use a gardening glove with some texture on the palm not a washing up glove.
A “squeegee” ( the thing you use to wipe down the shower) is good at cleaning pet hair or an ice remover … the rubber blade on these tools collects the pet hair so it can be removed easily.
These are some of the most helpful suggestions that we have found and we know that they work.
Small efforts such as these will keep your home free of pet hair and easier to clean.
We recommend professional furniture cleaning by Deluxe Dry Furniture Cleaning 0161 768 0208 at least once a year for pet owners
Read some other great tips for cleaning pet hair from Martha Stewart