We love our furry family members, that’s for sure. But gosh – keeping the pet hair down to a minimum in our homes is a constant battle. Here are some tried-and-true tips for staying on top of the pet hair situation.
Starting at the top, get your air ducts cleaned regularly, perhaps annually, and change your air filters regularly as well. It’s said that whatever you would normally find in your vacuum cleaner bag or cup is also found in your air ducts.
When dusting hard surfaces like tables, lamps, and electronics, use a microfiber cloth lightly misted with plain water. Microfiber naturally has an electrostatic charge, which attracts the pet hair, and the mist of water further helps to grab the hair. However, too much moisture will take the charge away.
Fabric sofas, chairs, and toss pillows can be de-furred with a damp rubber glove, a rubber squeegee, or a rubber-nubbed pet hair removal brush. A great choice is SpeedCleaning.com’s Upholstery Brush, and the product reviews back this up. These tools actually work better than vacuuming because they do a better job of grabbing the hairs that have worked their way into the weave of the fabric.
For hard floor surfaces, go over them with an electrostatic mop cloth or a microfiber cover on your mop before you vacuum. Many vacuums blow as much pet hair around as they pick up, so sneaking up on the hair with a cloth mop first ensures a thorough job.
Yet another use for baking soda: loosening pet hair in carpet. Who knew? Generously sprinkle baking soda, wait a several minutes, and then vacuum the area making several repeat passes. For along baseboards and crevices, run the wet finger of a rubber glove along to grab and gather up the hair. This would also be another great place to use SpeedCleaning’s rubber Upholstery Brush.
So go forth and reclaim your fur-niture!