If pet hair has invaded your home, take back your power without getting frustrated and take advantage of these easy ways to rid your home of hair. When you love animals, you enjoy sharing space, just not the fur. Fortunately, there are easy and inexpensive ways to keep your home fur free.
Pet stores carry a wide range of tools to combat pet hair in your home including pet hair magnets and rollers, rubber rakes, and hair removal sponges. As their name implies, pet hair magnets and rollers involve rubbing the products over furniture, clothing, draperies, bedding, and other upholstered areas. Because the magnets and rollers attract fur, the area is cleaned. Rubber rakes are great for clearing your carpet of pet fur. As you rake the carpet pile, the fur is caught in the rake's teeth. Hair removal sponges work under the same principles as magnets and rollers.
If you don't want to spend money purchasing pet specialty items, you can make use of products currently found in your home. Vacuuming carpet and sweeping non-carpeted areas daily goes a long way to reduce pet fur in your home. Prep your carpet with fabric softener before vacuuming to attract hair. Spray your carpet with fabric softener, making sure to dampen without saturating. Let the carpet dry completely before vacuuming. Another trick is to use duct tape, wrapped around a rubber glove (or your bare hand), to remove pet hair. If you brush furniture and upholstered areas with a fabric sheet first, the hair will be easier to pick up. Steel-bristled brushes also work well to pick up hair from carpets and upholstery.
Of course, the best way to keep your home fur free is to maintain your pet. Bathe and clip your animals on a regular basis, as determined by the breed. On a daily basis, brush your pet. Even short-haired dogs and cats do well with daily grooming, and most animals love the attention and care.