If you have cats or dogs (or both!), I hope for your sake you’ve got a leather sofa, because we all know that pet hair clings to stuff tighter than a squirrel with a nut in the dead of winter. Alas, leather furniture is expensive, so most of us are left on our hands and knees, with a roll of tape, going over every inch of each surface, and praying that — JUST THIS ONCE — we get it all. Here are a few tips and alternatives to preserve your sanity.
As we well know, pet hair clings to EVERYTHING. With allergies on the rise, we all want to keep our furniture pet-hair-free. We have some quick tips to maximize your clean between Emerita’s cleaning visits.
- With dampened dish gloves on, run your hands over any furniture with pet-hair. The hair sticks to the wet rubber. Rinse the gloves when you’re done and repeat.
- To remove pet hair from wooden tables or blinds, use a wet paper towel or a dryer sheet. Both will reduce the effects of static cling and gather up stray hairs quickly.
- Believe it or not, the pumice stone that keeps your feet smooth will keep your rugs and carpet pet-hair free too! Gently rub your carpet with a pumice stone, and the hair will gather in a clump. Just toss the clump when you’re done!
- Once again, the dryer sheet comes to the rescue when gathering pet hair from hardwood or tiled floors. Just a once over in corners and under the couch will gather up hair quickly and easily.
- Obviously, you know that lint rollers exist, but we like to keep a roll of duct tape on hand too! Make a ring with the tape with the sticky side facing out and roll over your clothes for a quick pet-hair fix.
- For larger quantities of hair, try throwing your clothes in the dryer. It’s a no-brainer, but that magic dryer sheet pulls hair away from the clothes. Be sure to clean out that lint trap, though. Hair and lint are fire hazards and can prevent your dryer from working properly.