It's wonderful to have pets in the home, but they have one disadvantage: hair! If you’ve lived in a house with a Siberian husky or a glorious, furry Maine Coon cat, you’ll know exactly how difficult it can be. These tips will help you reduce problems caused by pet hair in your home and maintain a cleaner environment—and your sanity!
Prevention is Best
Keeping fur-babies well-groomed has multiple advantages, besides reducing the number of hair-bunnies. A quick, one-minute brushing every day outside in the yard or garage will remove lose hairs and cut down indoor dusting and sweeping. Cats won’t develop quite as many hairballs, either.
Place throw rugs strategically around the home in each entry way, to collect the worst of the pet hair. This prevents it spreading throughout your house. Rubber-backed rugs are inexpensive to buy, easy to launder and cheap to replace when they reach expiry date.
Dust, sweep and vacuum frequently to keep floating hair under control. It’s not fun, but it saves you finding time for a marathon cleaning exercise every week.
If your pets insist on keeping you company on the sofa, cover furniture with washable slip covers. Remove them when you’re expecting company and your days of apologizing to your visitors are over.
Dressing your pet in trendy t-shirts and other gear has the dual effect of making him look cute and keeping hair in one place. Shake clothing outside when you take it off, to avoid clogging up the washer or drain.
Keeping It Clean
Yup, we don’t mean only your home here. A weekly bath and brush for dogs and a monthly trip to the groomer for cats helps reduce fur bombs, as well as pet dander created by shedding old, dead skin cells. This is the true allergen for most people, rather than pet hair, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, although it often isn’t identified as the culprit because it’s practically invisible.
Clean your dog’s paws after every walk, using a washable microfiber hand mitt to remove dirt and dust without it flying around.
Some products are great for controlling pet hair around the home, and here are some of our favorites: