We love our furry friends but they sure do keep us hopping trying to keep all their shed hair picked up. The most pro-active thing we can do is to groom them frequently (a good combing just a minute or two a day will help immensely)…but there’ll still be plenty of strays on the loose waiting to be captured by our favorite pants ;).
When the lint roller isn’t enough to get the job done, there are a few labor saving remedies that will remove dog and cat sheddings from clothes, upholstery and carpets (they’ll do nicely for detailing your vehicle too).
I’ve organized a list of quick tips and solutions below. Experiment doing the tasks damp, dry and wet as different fibers and textures can affect how effective one technique is vs. another.
Lots here to help you get that shaggy mess cleaned up and out of your house!
How To Get Rid Of Pet Hair
- Wrap wide tape (packing/masking/duct) loosely around and across your hand (sticky side out). Wipe/pat down furniture and areas where your critters tend to lounge. Works well on clothes too. It aint pretty but it does the trick.
- Mist trouble spots well with water, then take a brush and briskly whisk strays into a pile that can then be collected to be tossed in the garbage. Use one that has stiff bristles, the stiffer the better.
- Try a thick, dense sponge. Look in stores for special cleanup varieties–they need to be quite dense for best results. They’re about $5 or $6 and can be washed and reused over and over again.
- Rubber Gloves Trick: Lightly pressure wipe, pulling everything together into a pile. (Dishwashing/gardening/surgical gloves) work well for this. Wash the glove then get at it again.
- Grab a dryer sheet and sweep across upholstery or fabric surfaces, it will attract the offenders.
- Microfiber cloths do wonders for garments, upholstery/furniture.
- Rubber broom or squeegee: These work great on floor surfaces of all types.
- Lift strays with a pumice stone, use on fibers that can take it (carpeting/rugs rather than more delicate fabrics such as drapes or silk cushions).
- Try a good, portable wet vac.
- Take a spray bottle, give two squirts of Downy fabric softener and fill the rest of the bottle with lukewarm water. Shake to mix, then spritz area. Allow to dry then vacuum. This technique provides good results for carpeting.
- Spray Static Guard over surface, allow to dry then sweep, vacuum or wipe up.
Recipe: Bucketful of warm water and a splash of Murphy’s Oil Soap
- Saturate a sponge in the solution, squeeze to release excess then wipe in a circular/rotating motion. Don’t use it sopping wet. Rinse dirty sponge thoroughly, submerge again in the Murphy’s Oil Soap mix and repeat process until everything has been removed.
When all else fails:
Put on your favorite, nicest pair of black slacks or your most expensive, cute black dress and walk through the house. Voila! Hair from miles around will be on them ;).
Here’s a neat trick:
- Instead of throwing away nylon stockings that have a run or two in them, cut them into strips that will cover the head of your pet’s brush. Carefully place the nylon strip over the pins and pull down until the heads poke through.
- Groom your cat or dog and when the job is done, just pull off the strip of pantyhose and all the collected fur will peel off too.
This is ideal for bristle types or slickers (the kind that have straight steel pins).
Remember: Occasionally dip and whisk the brush around in a dog shampoo/water solution then rinse to wash out dirt and oils collected. This will help keep it clean.