How to Keep Your Home Free from Pet Hair

By: Andrea Babich How to, Pets

If your house is home to a cat or dog, it goes without saying that there’s pet hair in places you don’t want it. There are simple ways to not only eliminate the hair that collects around your home but also to reduce your pet’s daily contribution to the mess. It’s about prevention and maintenance.

How to reduce pet shedding

Start by controlling the hair at its source. The safest and easiest way to reduce pet shedding is to groom your dog or cat regularly.

Brushing

Brush dogs daily to remove loose hairs and to spread skin oil through the fur to keep it supple and reduce breakage. Cats should be brushed two or three times a week. Try a deshedding tool, which work wonders, if your pet has a long coat or sheds heavily.

Bathing

Dogs need to be bathed at least once a month. If you have a dog that sheds a great deal, try a deshedding bath. Brushing your dog before and after the bath will remove loose hairs before they land in your home. Cats generally do not need to be bathed.

Feeding

Switching to high quality food will go a long way to improve your pet’s coat. Look for foods that list meat or fish as the first ingredient. Avoid ingredients that are unrecognizable.

The best ways to get rid of pet hair

On hardwood and tile floors

Try a vacuum specially made to tackle the problem of pet hair. See our recommendations for the best vacuum for pet hair and  the best robot vacuum for pet hair.

You can clean daily and more quietly with a microfiber or electrostatic dry mop. Quick, simple, and less strenuous than vacuuming, a mop can give you a thorough clean as often as you’d like without the trouble. Avoid sweeping with a broom, which will spread pet hair even more than a vacuum.

On carpets and rugs

The secret to thoroughly cleaning your carpets and rugs is investing in a high quality vacuum with a HEPA filter. Powerful suction and a filter that prevents releasing hair and dander back into your home will make your vacuum an indispensable tool in the never-ending battle against pet hair invasion. We recommend vacuuming every two or three days.

A bit more strenuous than vacuuming, sweeping with a rubber broom or squeegee gives you a satisfying clean, especially in high traffic areas. For especially persistent pet hair, sprinkle baking soda over your carpets  before you clean to help loosen pet hair from carpet fibers.

If you’re short on time, invest in a robotic vacuum and program it to sweep through your entire house while you’re at work.

On solid-surface furniture

Pet hair is not the only thing you’ll see collecting on your coffee tables and nightstands. Dust and dander are especially conspicuous on wood furniture and can cause allergic reactions in some people. You can stay on top of pet hair and dust on your surfaces by wiping them down with a damp microfiber or cotton cloth. Beware of dry dusting, which just pushes dust and hair around.

On upholstery

Take a quick pass over your upholstered furniture with the same damp microfiber or cotton cloth you used on your wood furniture—be sure to rinse the cloth frequently to avoid spreading hair around. You can also use a lightly damp sponge or lightly water-spritzed rubber gloves.

Prevent pet hair from ever getting on your furniture by spreading a washable slipcover or blanket on the furniture where you allow your pets.

Clear the air of pet hair

Don’t forget to maintain your HVAC system. Change air filters on your heating and cooling system once a month and have your entire system inspected annually by a professional.

Now that your home and HVAC system are clean, maintain clean indoor air by running an air purifier with a HEPA-type filter to remove pet air from the air.


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