5 Ways to Keep Pet Hair Under Control
Research has shown there are many health benefits of owning a pet. Pets like dogs and cats can help relieve stress and even reduce the risk of heart disease. As wonderful as pets are, they aren’t always easy to maintain. Some may scratch your furniture once you’ve left for work or dig a hole, but perhaps the most annoying mess is the fur they leave around your home and car.
Fur tends to stick on pretty much everything and can be difficult to remove. The problem becomes much worse the more pets you have. We have put together some tips, outlined here to help keep pet hair under control in your home.
Brush Your Pet Daily
Brushing doesn’t just help to remove dirt and debris from your pet’s coat. It also helps to remove any loose fur that would otherwise get stuck on your clothes and furniture. Ideally, you should brush your pet on a daily basis no matter how short or long the coat is. A quick one or two-minute brushing session can make a huge difference in the amount of fur you see on the floor. If you can’t dedicate that much time every day, try to brush your pet at least once a week.
Vacuum Your Carpets
Pet fur and carpet are never a good mix, as fur can become embedded into the carpet fibres, which makes it difficult to get out. Be sure to regularly vacuum your carpets at least once a week or consider hiring carpet cleaning services to make the job easier for you. Don’t forget other parts of your home as stray fur tends to float and may end up on your sofa and curtains. Invest in a good vacuum attachment that’s able to pick up fur in tight spaces.
Use Washable Slipcovers
Slipcovers are protective covers that can easily be slipped on and off upholstered furniture. These are typically made of cloth which makes them machine washable. Instead of having to spend time cleaning your sofa and getting into the cracks, simply pull off the slipcover, throw it into the washer, and put it back on once it’s done drying. Another added benefit of washable slipcovers is that they offer additional protection for your furniture from scratches.
Hire a Home Cleaning Service
If you don’t regularly clean your home, loose fur can start to build up to the point where you can’t walk around without seeing pieces of hair everywhere. But with a busy schedule you may not have the time to clean as much as you would like. One option is to hire a home cleaning service, which helps take care of tedious housework and keep pet hair under control.
Cover Up Your Pet
Pet clothes aren’t just stylish and cute, they’re also a great way to keep fur on your pet’s body and off your floors. But you’ll need to be mindful of the weather. If it’s too hot outside, putting on a sweater or coat can lead to heat exhaustion and not all pets enjoy wearing clothes either. If your pet is fussy, try sticking to the other alternatives, as mentioned.
Written by: Alex Morrison of Integral Media