Here are my easy, effective and inexpensive ways to get rid of pet hair from your home:
Of course there is the method of using tape, which admittedly is time consuming and uses a lot of it, but is effective. You can also remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric with dampened rubber gloves by running your hand over the surface to attract hair. Simply rinse off the glove when it’s covered with hair and repeat as needed. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, try a slightly wet sponge instead, or, lightly spray a mix of water and fabric softener onto your upholstered furniture, then wipe off (which also makes your place smell great)
To remove pet hair from wooden furniture, use a soft cloth and furniture polish or anti-static dusting spray. The spray will eliminate the electric charge, making removal easier and lessening the likelihood that the hair will re-stick.
For carpet, scrape a pumice stone gently along the surface. Any hair will gather right up, you can also use a damp sponge or a nylon scrub brush. Then proceed with vacuuming. When vacuuming your carpet, go over areas twice and alternate directions to loosen stubborn hairs.
On hardwood, laminate or other bare floors, use an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop; vacuums tend to blow hair around versus corral it in one spot. After this I always like to use a damp mop or wet jet to get the hairs that just didn’t get picked up the with the dry method. Using the wet one first, tends to just guck everything up and leaves smear marks on the floors.
Keep one of those lint rollers right beside your door, for a quick hair removal session before you leave to meet friends or go to work.
For larger quantities of hair, try throwing your clothes in the dryer, along with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes. Or, use a dryer ball for a chemical free solution. The movement and softener loosens hair, which winds up in the lint trap. Adding liquid water softener to the washer during regular laundry helps too by reducing the static electricity in your clothes.
Do you have preferred methods? Please share.
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