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How to Remove Pet Hair from Your Home

Our furry friends bring us a lot of joy and are part of the family, but they can sure leave a lot of hair all over everything – our couch, our curtains, our clothes, our floors! Cleaning up all that hair can oftentimes be frustrating and unproductive, so we’ve rounded up some of the best tips and hacks to save you time, energy and sanity.

How to Remove Pet Hair from Furniture

Remove pet hair from upholstery and fabric with a dampened rubber glove by running your hand over the surface to attract hair. Rinse off the glove when it’s covered with hair and repeat as needed. If you don’t have rubber gloves handy, try a slightly wet sponge instead. Alternatively, lightly spray a mix of water and fabric softener onto your upholstered furniture, then wipe off.

To remove pet hair from wooden furniture, use a soft cloth and furniture polish or anti-static dusting spray. The spray will eliminate the electric charge, making removal easier and lessening the likelihood that the hair will re-stick.

How to Clean Pet Hair Off Floors

For heavily-matted carpet, scrape a pumice stone gently along the surface. Any hair will gather right up. When vacuuming your carpet, go over areas twice and alternate directions to loosen stubborn hairs. If pet hair is a problem for you, it’s worth investing in a specialty pet vacuum, like the Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean, which has powerful suction and a tangle-free turbine tool to remove dirt and hair from carpets and upholstery.

Vacuums tend to blow hair around versus corral it in one spot, plus they can damage your floors. So, on hardwood, laminate or other bare floors, use an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop, or a lightweight vacuum made specifically for non-carpeted floors.

How to Remove Pet Hair From Clothes

All pet owners should keep a lint roller right beside their door, for a quick hair removal session before leaving to meet friends, go to work, etc. It’s also a good idea to keep one in your car and at work, so you’re never without one if you notice any lingering hairs!

For larger quantities of hair, first remove as much pet hair as you can by hand (pro tip: the wet rubber glove trick for upholstery also works well on clothes). Once you’ve removed as much as you can, give the clothing or bedding a good shake. Then, try throwing your clothes in the dryer, along with a dryer sheet for 10 minutes with no heat. Or, use a spikey dryer ball for a chemical free solution. The movement and softener loosens hair, which winds up in the lint trap. Then, shake the clothes again to get as many pet hairs out as possible before tossing them in the wash.

How to Control Pet Hair on Your Pets Themselves

While you cannot stop a healthy pet from normal shedding, you can reduce the amount of hair in your home by doing things like brushing your pet regularly, keeping him hydrated and feeding him a nutritious diet, and preventing fleas. Regular baths also encourage loose hair to fall out in the tub (or outside) instead of on your furniture.

Also remember that excessive shedding can be the result of stress, poor nutrition or a medical problem, so if you are concerned about the amount of hair your pet is losing, make sure to consult your pet’s veterinarian, who can best determine if hair loss is part of the normal shedding process or is a symptom of an underlying issue.