- the color of your carpets
- what you’re going to wear today
- the color or texture of your furniture
- the type of bed linens you buy
…based on its likelihood of repelling dog fur?
You’re not alone. I definitely do this!
Here are some tips for dealing with dog fur inside your home and some interesting pet hair removal techniques that you might want to consider…
How To Remove Pet Hair
You can rub a velcro curler over practically any surface and the pet hair will cling to it like magic!
BONUS TIP: Use a long thin curler (you know, the ones with the bendable metal wire inside) and you can angle it to get behind furniture, along the baseboards, between carpeted steps, etc.
Check this out!… Did you know that velcro was invented with dogs in mind in the first place?
2. Use your vacuum.
This one’s a given. If you’ve got a dog, then you’ll be vacuuming more than your friends who don’t have dogs. And if you have 2 or more dogs, your vacuum cleaner will become your very best friend.
BONUS TIP: But did you ever think to use your vacuum cleaner’s brush or nozzle attachments to actually remove loose fur directly from your dog’s coat? Some dogs are more receptive to this than others. I had one dog that craved the one-on-one attention, and didn’t mind it at all. Most of our other dogs haven’t been too keen on being vacuumed. They’re no crazy about the loud noise and machinery being so close to them.
3. Use tape.
BONUS TIP: The wider the tape, the better. Just tear off a long strip, wrap it around your hand (or your fingers), and mash away until all of the pet hair is removed. You’ll probably have to “reload” and use several strips of tape before the job is done.
4. Use a sticky roller.
These modern-day lint brushes come pre-loaded with super-sticky paper on a roller. They’re quick & easy… just roll it over the furry spots, remove the “used” portion, and roll some more until all of the pet hair is removed.
BONUS TIP: These come in different sizes, they’re fairly inexpensive, and they’re disposable. In a pinch, you could also use a “standard” lint brush — the type with the felt pad that picks up lint whenever it’s brushed in one direction.
What About Rubberized Pet Hair Removers?
And now a word about those rubbery mitts and carpet rakes that claim to remove pet hair from furniture, rugs, clothing, and furniture…
Clear & simple: I’ve never had a good experience with these. When picking up things from carpets, they work mostly by static electricity, but they just don’t work well enough for me.
The one I tried was the Sweepa rubber broom.
I’ve read that some pet owners have had success with the One Sweep rubber broom.
UPDATE: A number of pet owners have had good luck with the Pledge Fabric Sweeper For Pet Hair. Here’s my review.