Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012
Whether you’ve owned a dog for many years or if you’re mulling over the idea of adopting, one shortcoming that comes with most dog breeds is their ability to leave stray hair all around your home. Even if you make an effort to dog proof your furniture and brush your companion every day, you may still notice a buildup of hair on your carpets, furnishings, and all the nooks and crannies in your household. Removing pet hair can be a full-time job, but the following tips and tricks may help you keep your home a bit cleaner year-round.
1. Squeegees. If you have a window squeegee with an especially long handle, this may be a great option to clean your bare floors and carpets, reports StyleList.com. This works especially well on your carpet, as you can move the squeegee back and forth to remove stray hair that could be caught in the carpet fibers. As you use the squeegee, you can start to pick up the clumps of hair as they form, and then finish the floor with a vacuum.
2. Use a lint remover in the laundry room. One of the toughest aspects of being a dog owner is trying to remove pet hair from your clothing. If you don’t get rid of the material before putting it in your washing machine, it will simply end up on your furnishings and other spaces in your home. Placing garments covered in pet hair in the dryer on a low-heat or no-heat setting before washing can loosen the hair and trap some of it in the lint trap so it doesn’t end up in an entire load of laundry. Fabric softener also helps release the hair from your clothes by reducing the static cling. DogChannel.com suggests leaving a lint or pet hair remover by your washing machine. This will clear your clothing of stubborn pet dander and leave less lying around your home.
3. Regular grooming. Dog grooming is one of the most important aspects of controlling pet hair in your home, but it will require at-home care and trips to your local groomer. Make an effort to brush your dog’s coat every day (outdoors if possible) and make a trip to the groomer each month to control the amount of pet hair in your home. Whether it’s stuck on your clothes, pillows or couches, your dog’s hair that he or she leaves behind can be a constant struggle to keep track of. Thankfully, with a few adjustments around your home and a commitment to cleanliness, you can keep your house in tip-top shape and your dog in good spirits.
This content is provided by the pet grooming experts at Hartz. Our professional staff is here to keep you educated on the proper grooming techniques while offering tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
What techniques or pet products do you use to help keep your home hair-free?