How to deal with shedding pet hair
When it comes to shedding pet hair, Huskies and Golden Retrievers aren't the only culprits. My Chihuahua will coat the entire house in a fur blanket during summer. It covers the furniture, floors, clothes, and more often than not ends up an unwelcome garnish at dinner time.
Defeating the pet hair apocolypse can be managed in four ways:
Grooming the fur miscreant
If you're vacuuming your floors twice daily but never brushing Fluffy you're shooting yourself in the foot. Daily brushing is required during shedding seasons, particularly for dogs or cats with a double coat. Before you start, make sure you have the right brush or comb for your dog depending on their coat type, length and size; noting that some dogs will require more than one type of brush.
Many pet owners find that an undercoat-thinning brush such as the Furminator is a big help. These brushes have a special mechanism that thins and trims the under coat, to get rid of excess potentially-shedding fur!
For dogs that aren't a fan of brushes or combs, you could also try a grooming glove, which allows you to get rid of excess fur while 'petting' your dog.
Bathing your pet more frequently can help but make sure you are using the right shampoo for your pet. Oatmeal based shampoos like Aloveen help keep your pet's skin and coat healthy. Aloveen conditioner moisturises the skin which can reduce shedding severity. use a Kong Zoomgroom during bathtime to loosen undercoat hairs.
Be careful with post-bath brushing as tangles are harder to disperse when wet which can cause unnecessary pain or discomfort to your pet. Once their coat is completely dry you can use a deshedding tool such as Shedeze or Furminator.
The easiest way to clean pet hair from your floors
If you have carpet
Removing pet hair from carpets can be a formidable task which even the best vacuum cleaners can struggle with. A rubber broom can be used to rake hairs into doggy tumbleweaves that are easily vacuumed up. Alternatively sprinkle baking powder over your carpet and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming. Baking powder helps release the hairs with bonus deodorising benefits.
For hardwood or tiled floors
Unlike carpet, hardwood and tiled floors don't have much of a grab on hairs. Vacuuming or sweeping can cause hairs to fly in every other direction but forward. Use a damp mop to catch the hairs and rinse occasionally or pretty soon you'll have fluffy's fur reincarnated on a stick.
Maintaining furniture and car seats
Washable throw blankets on the couch and seat covers for the car will protect from the fur. If your couch looks like Chewbacca hosted a family reunion put on a rubber glove, dampen it slightly and wipe the sofa in one direction. The fur will collect in manageable clumps; if lots of fur sticks to the glove, just rinse it off and keep going. Once dry, a lint roller will get rid of the remaining hairs.
For your car, pumice stones can be used to snag excess hair but be very gentle with the fabric as not to cause damage. A final roll with a lint brush will catch the rest.
De-hairing your closet
Any pet owner knows that clothes can come out of the washing machine with more hairs than in the beginning. An accessory of dog hair at home may be acceptable but you probably don't want to be flaking fur all over your cute date.
Lint rollers are your clothes' best friend and a quick wipe over with one of these will remove pesky hairs. Keep one near the front door and in the car for easy last minute access.
Before washing clothes you can place them in the dryer on a cool cycle for 10 minutes to help release hairs that have woven themselves into the fabric. Just be sure to clean the lint filter immediately after. When washing, add some fabric softener to help catch more of the hairs. Smaller loads allow greater movement and increase your chances of getting rid of the hair!
Tips to remember
- Start with the source, daily brushing will reduce your need to vacuum and lint roll constantly.
- Use a rubber glove on heavily coated furniture, car seats and clothes then use a lint roller to get the dregs.
- Damp cloths and mops work best on glossy surfaces like wooden floors, tiles or furniture.
And for those who hate cleaning and don't mind pulling the occasional stray hair out of your dinner, you'll be happy to hear dog hair hasn't been found harmful to humans and is even theorised to strengthen the immune system and reduce chances of developing allergies.
Owner of a small Chihuahua army and lover of all things pets; when Jess isn't managing her pup Nacho's instagram you can find her writing about all the awesome new products on the Pet Circle website!
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