According to the latest Companion Animals in New Zealand Report, about two-thirds of all households in New Zealand have at least one companion animal.
But to us, that’s not surprising, given that well, dogs – and in our opinion, all animals – are man’s best friend. They bring us so much unconditional love, joy – and of course, fur, and lot’s of it!
These little furballs make having a pet a bit of a nightmare. Not only with cleaning, but they also pose health risks to people with allergies.
Luckily for you, we’re here with some simple tips to help you remove your pet’s hair from your home.
Groom your pet regularly
It all starts from here. Animals shed fur all year round, but more so in the hot summer months. Though shedding is a natural process that helps animals maintain a healthy coat, a lot of fur gets hidden away under furniture or sticks to surfaces all over the house.
One simple solution is to groom your pet regularly. This will help reduce the amount your pet sheds its fur and keep your pet free of ticks, fleas and even dirt!
To know how regularly you need to groom your pet, you can visit your vet or a local pet groomer and get tips on pet grooming and how to make the process quick and straightforward for both you and your pet.
Pro tip: Brush your pet outside, so the fur removed doesn’t collect all over your house!
Invest in an effective vacuum cleaner
Make cleaning easier! Okay, you’ve figured out how and when to groom your pet. Now, it’s time to deal with cleaning the remaining fur that’s lying around your home.
We know that spending the day doing activities like carpet cleaning may not be the most fun – but it’s these areas where fur sticks the most.
The easiest and most effective way is to use a good vacuum cleaner, preferably with an attachment that specifically tackles pet fur.
Start by vacuuming all upholstered areas since fur sticks to fabric very easily, and then move on to floors and under furniture.
Make sure you empty your vacuum cleaner’s dust collection bag regularly, as an accumulation of pet hair could damage your vacuum in the long run.
Switch it up with rubber squeegees
Rubber squeegees – everyone has them – and they’re cheap too! They are an excellent tool for removing pet hair from carpets and corners of your home. For example, when engaging in an activity like sofa cleaning, you can use a damp rubber squeegee to swipe across the surface and easily lift up all the pet fur.
You can even use it in cars or any fabric-covered area where your pet spends a lot of time.
Or try a microfibre cloth
Vacuums work great on carpeted areas but sometimes cannot pick up pet hair from smoother, non-carpeted surfaces. That’s where microfibre cloths come in. They work on most surfaces but are best used on floors without carpeting and surfaces without upholstering. The nature of the fabric makes it a natural electrostatic cleaner that attracts and grabs onto pet hair.
Microfibre cloths are an excellent tool for dusting areas and helping to catch little bits of dirt, dust and even fur that you might not otherwise see – before you start vacuuming.
Regular disinfectant wipes are an option too, but using a cloth means that you can wash and re-use them frequently, which is easy on your pocket and the planet too!
Lint rollers work too!
Know how lint rollers get rid of lint and tiny dust particles from your clothes? Well, they do precisely the same thing for pet hair too!
While it isn’t the best solution to clean large areas, like an entire carpet or couch, they are very helpful to spot clean areas or use on delicate fabrics like curtains and bedsheets. And pillows and maybe even stuffed animals or other pet toys.
All you need to do is roll the adhesive material on the surface, and once the roller isn’t able to pick up any more dirt, throw away this layer and continue.
Simple DIY hack? Scotch tape
Think of scotch tape as a mini lint roller. The idea is the same, the adhesive side of the tape will stick to the fur and remove it from the surface.
Sure, it’s going to only cover a smaller surface area than other methods; however, when you’re in a pinch, this is a great DIY hack.
You can wind some tape around a finger and tap the spots you’d like to clean or put some tape (adhesive side down) on the area you’d like to clean and rip it off!
Or an antistatic spray
While cleaning your carpet, sofa or any other upholstered area, you may find yourself spending too much time scrubbing away, only to see that the fur keeps sticking to the fabric and won’t come off! That’s because of the static in the air.
An antistatic spray is a liquid solution that reduces static on surfaces, releasing things like lint, pet fur, and dirt from fabric surfaces.
You can buy ready-made ones at any store or make your own at home by mixing three parts water and a one part fabric conditioner into a spray bottle.
Spray lightly on carpets or other upholstered surfaces prior to brushing or vacuuming the surface.
Finally, run a humidifier
Wondering how a humidifier will help prevent pet fur from clinging to surfaces? You see, usually static occurs in the air that is pretty dry. Using a humidifier will help reduce the amount of static in the air, thereby reducing how much fur can stick to surfaces.
However, this hack only works for areas with low humidity or during dry seasons.
Running a humidifier also has a bunch of other health benefits like helping soothe a blocked nose and prevent skin dryness!
If you have any methods you use that we haven’t mentioned here, we’d love it if you could share them with us!