Sure, we all love our pets, but we can all admit that dealing with their hair is no fun, right? Our furry friends have a special talent for getting their hair virtually everywhere inside our homes and cars. It’s a small price to pay for all of the benefits that go along with owning a pet, but it’s still a pain to deal with.
But don’t despair….I’m here to share some good news! There is an abundance of great products on the market these days designed to help pet owners keep all that pet hair in check.
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But before we talk about solutions to your pet hair problems, let’s talk about prevention.
Mom always said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it’s no different with pet hair. One way to reduce the amount of shed hair that ends up on your carpet and upholstery is to make sure your pet is eating a high quality food. Pets whose diets include the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals will shed less hair than pets getting less nutrients.
Another way to reduce shedding is to brush your pet regularly with a good quality pet brush. Deshedding brushes have teeth that reach down through the top coat of hair to the undercoat, and loosen and remove hair from the undercoat before it has a chance to get on your couch. Regular brushing is also good for your pet’s skin, because it distributes their skin’s natural oils and helps promote good circulation.
Many dog owners swear by the Furminator dog brush, but its pretty pricey for a brush! I noticed there’s a very similar tool on Amazon called the DakPets Deshedding Tool. It has great reviews, can be used on both dogs AND cats, and best of all, it’s less than half the price.
I’m sure we all have the best intentions to brush our pets regularly, but let’s face it, sometimes we forget. So let’s explore some solutions to existing pet hair problems!
Pet Hair Vac
Handheld pet hair vacuums are becoming an increasingly attractive option, as prices go down and power goes up. This Dirt Devil Total Power Pet vac has a roller brush attachment with rubber teeth on the front, which is perfect for getting pet hair off your car seats, floor mats, carpeted stairs, and upholstered furniture. It also makes a great hand vac for small messes too!
If you have a pet, you probably already have several of these, but I think they’re worth mentioning. Lint rollers are a must-have for pet owners, since they’re the easiest and quickest way to de-hair your outfit before walking out the door or getting out of your car. At home, you’ll want a big lint roller that’s extra sticky, like the Evercare Extra Sticky Lint Roller. (One of my pet peeves is lint rollers that are only sticky for the first pass over clothes, so this is my lint roller of choice!)
But when you’re on the go, you’ll probably want a more portable option. Mini lint rollers are the way to go, because they’ll fit just about anywhere. You can keep one in your purse, at your desk, and in your car, so you’re always prepared to tackle unexpected pet hair. :-)
Rubber is pet hair’s kryptonite. Rubber tools grip pet hair better than just about anything, making it so much easier to remove and clean up. There are a lot of great rubber pet hair products on the market these days, so I’ll just highlight a few.
- First, there’s the FURemover Broom, a combination broom/squeegee that’s designed to get stubborn pet hair out of carpet. It can also be used to sweep up spills, as well as wash windows and cars! (I’ve also used regular squeegees to get pet hair out of carpet, with great results.)
- For a portable, handheld pet hair remover, there’s the CarPET Hair Remover. It’s rubber teeth work in the same way as the broom mentioned above, but it fits in your hand. Plus, it can fit in a drawer rather than taking up closet space, which is always at a premium in my house!
- Finally, there’s the good ol’ rubber glove. A rubber glove can be just as effective as the tools mentioned above for grabbing and collecting pet hair off of various surfaces, and you may already have one at home!
Sweepers & Dusters
But what about pet hair on hard floors, rather than carpets? “Dry mops” with a removable microfiber or cloth pads are great at snagging pet hair, dust, and dirt off of solid surfaces. Some options have disposable pads like the Swiffer Sweeper, and others, like the Bona Floor Mop and the Libman Floor Mop, have washable microfiber pads that you can use over and over again.
For surfaces that don’t require a tool with a handle, like furniture, treated dust wipes are becoming quite popular. An added bonus….surfaces treated with dust wipes will repel pet hair for a while, meaning less for you to clean next time! If you’re interested in dust wipes, try out Clorox Triple Action Dust Wipes or Endust Dust Cloths.
Regardless of whether you tackle pet hair with a vac, a lint roller, a rubber glove, or a dust cloth, it’s important to be consistent with your cleaning. You don’t have to do it every day, but a thorough weekly cleaning of the spots where your pet usually hangs out will go a long ways towards keeping your pet hair situation under control.
How do you handle your pet hair issues?