Pet Hair Removal:
How to get cat hair and dog hair out of
carpets, furnishings and clothing
Household Tips: How to
remove pet hair from furniture
For removing cat hair
and dog hair from upholstery in your house and car use a
rubber glove. Gloves with a raised grip work better. Put the
glove on and run it under the tap to make it wet then shake
off excess moisture. Run your fingers over the pet hair on
your furniture in short
scraping strokes. You will find that the hair is easily
removed and it is especially easy to get into nooks and
crannies and areas down the back of your sofa.
You can also use a dampened sponge. Rub the
sponge in a downward motion over your chairs, cushions and car
Pet stores carry specially made tools for
removing cat hair including rubber rakes, pet hair removal
sponges and pet hair magnets. Pet hair rollers are another
solution. They are a small hand held roller which come
supplied with disposable perforated sheets of sticky paper.
The idea is to roll the pet roller over the area of pet hair
and the hair sticks to the sticky paper.
A similar method of
removing dog and cat hair is to wrap packing or duct tape
around your hand, sticky side facing out and pat this over the
furniture or car seats.
Rub a clothes-dryer fabric-softener sheet
over the pet hair. The softener in the sheet makes it easy to
pick up the hair.
A lint brush (pictured above) brushed one
way only over fabrics is also useful for removing cat hair.
|How to remove pet hair
brooms can be used on stubborn hairs. The rubber
bristles work with static electricity and the cat hairs just
seem to jump on to the brush. Another method is sweeping with
a stiff bristle brush before vacuuming.
If time and energy are not a problem to you,
you can go over your carpet with a rubber glove or damp sponge
to remove the hairs.
Try mixing some fabric softener with water
and mist it on to your carpet with a spray bottle. Don't
saturate the carpet, just a fine mist is all you need. Allow
to dry. After the carpet is dry, go over with your vacuum
||Rug Rakes are
another option for carpets. Before you vacuum
lightly sweep with a Rug Rake.
Do an internet
search for Rug Rakes to find a seller.
You can vacuum the dog! Really. You can
teach your dog to enjoy being vacuumed. It's best to start
doing it while the puppy is young but you can teach an old dog
new tricks. Its a great way to get rid of the dog hair before
it hits the carpet. Use the small brush attachment tool and
massage it over your dog. They really do grow to love it.
Buy a new vacuum cleaner
You might want to invest in a new vacuum
cleaner. Dyson make a specially designed vacuum cleaner that
removes animal hair. It's called the Dyson Animal. It may be a
difficult decision to buy an expensive vacuum cleaner but if
you are a pet lover and you are likely to have cats or dogs in
the house for most of your life then the initial cost could be
money well spent to save you from the 'pet hair blues'.
How to remove pet hair
All of the above methods for removing pet
hair from furniture can used to remove hair from clothing. In
addition another handy hint is to put the item of clothing in
the clothes dryer for 20 minutes. The lint filter should
remove the problem. (No need to put your clothes dryer on
heat, the cool cycle works just as well)