Top 10 Tips for Cleaning Up Pet Hair

1. Swivelling Lint Brush

A lint brush is often all you need if you don´t have a particularly hairy pet. Get one with a swivelling head so you can get into the areas between the cushions and other hard-to-get-at nooks and crannies.

2. Microfiber

A damp cloth is always great for picking up cat and dog hair. Cloths made from microfiber are even better, and this super-absorbent material is also ideal for drying off your pet after his or her bath. There is even pet furniture made from microfiber that´s worth considering.

3. Rubber Gloves

It´s always good to have a pair of rubber gloves under the sink or in your supply closet ready to go. Whether it´s dealing with sketchy light sockets and other electrical connections, dealing with chemical cleaners, or just doing the dishes, there are plenty of household tasks that call for a cheap`pair of rubber gloves that you can pick up at the hardware or grocery store.

But did you know that rubber gloves also make it easy to pick up animal hair around the house? Well, they do, thanks to the tremendous amount of static electricity that rubber gloves produce. Simply put the gloves on, rub your hands together, and the fur should stick right to the rubber. Simply put the gloves in a full kitchen sink when your done, and the pet hair will fall right off for easy disposal.

4. Pet Hair Rollers

No list of the top 10 tips for cleaning up hair around the house would be complete if we didn´t mention the different makes and models of rollers. These are essentially paint rollers only instead of a felt cover that fits over the roller, you have a material that generates a static electric charge. There are also pet hair rollers that work with adhesive surfaces.

There are many differet sizes and shapes of roller too, so you want to consider where your pet tends to shed and which roller wiull give you the best access and/or surface area coverage.

5. Lemon Juice

If you have a dark, plush surface and your pet has super fine hair, it may be harder to see exactly where the fur has collected. Spritz some lemon juice and this will help naturally clump the hair together making it easy to clean. Lemon juice also helps kill fleas.

6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another multi-purpose household cleaning item where pet hair removal is just one of its many uses. Baking soda naturally loosens the static electrical charge that makes cat and dog hair cling stubbornly to the sofa, rugs, and other surfaces. Once they´ve come loose, the hairs become much easier to remove.

7. Hair Dryer

Your standard hair dryer also makes our list of the top 10 tips for cleaning up hair around the house, but you have to make sure you put it in the ¨cold air¨ mode.

8. Specialized Pet Hair Vacuums

There are plenty of vaccums made specifically for dogs (and cats) in upright, handheld, and even bagless, central systems. Different makes and models are more suitable for different breeds of dogs, so make sure to do your research before investing in a vacuum for pet hair.

9. Top Vacuum Attachments for Cleaning Pet Hair

You may not have to invest in an entire vacuum to deal with your pet hair problem. There are plenty of attachments and attachment kits for pet hair removal. These vacuum attachments have universal fittings and work with the cast majority of major vacuum cleaner manufacture.

10. Portable Vacuum Cleaners

Often times you don´t even need a full-sized vacuum cleaner to take care of pet hair. There are plenty of small, portable “dust buster” style handheld vacuum cleaners that are designed specifically to tackle the fur that your dogs and cats leave behind.

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is a good example. There are also cordless models that provide even better mobility.

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