When my wife and I decided to get pets, I never fathomed the excess hair that went along with our dog and cats. The animals are shedding machines. Every day seems to be shearing time on a sheep farm. What can you do? We love our pets, but the need to not wear our pet’s hair is a necessity. Here are five tips to getting rid of that fur!
THE LINT ROLLER
You will go through a lot of these if you have pets. Honestly, they are just tape and you could probably buy masking tape for a lot cheaper. You’re going to go through a lot of these! They don’t even work that well, but if you don’t have a lot of pet hair on your clothes and you’re in a pinch, they will help you out.
SHUT THE CLOSET DOOR
This takes more time and hangers, but pay off if you are trying to not be confused with Bigfoot. Drawers might seem like an obvious choice, as well, but cats love to hide in drawers. Our one cat even knows how to open drawers and crawl in for a comfortable nap! A closed closet door is the best and most full-proof way to minimize pet hair.
VACUUM AND VACUUM OFTEN
It’s a pain in the neck, but vacuuming your carpet on a regular (i.e. daily) basis will get rid of excess pet hair. We’ve gone through several vacuums in the years that we’ve had our animals and have found that the best sweeper is one that has a bag. We have found that a Hoover vacuum seems to work best. The one we purchased has a sensor on it that lets us know when the carpet is clean and the bag works so much better than the bag-less versions.
WHEN IN DOUBT, USE THE DRYER
I have a black, wool Navy Peacoat – and white, furred pets. Nonetheless, my Peacoat rarely looks black when you are up close. The wool seems to attract pet hair. We have found that the best thing to do is to put the coat into the dryer with a wet washcloth. The dryer should be put on air fluff with no heat for about 10 minutes. This should remove all of the pet hair, but if it doesn’t, put it through another cycle.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY INNOCENT LOOKS
Do you see these pets? They will tempt you with sad eyes, high-pitched whines, and sorrowful stares for you to pick them up or pet them when you are on your way out the door. Don’t fall for it! It is a ruse for you to get their hair on your clothes! They understand that the pet hair is driving you crazy and that you have to apologize to anyone who comes within ten feet of you. They know you are a sucker and will reach down to show them you love them. Run away! Call out to them from a distance. Just don’t pick them up or give them a hug.
I hope these ideas will help you reduce some of your pet hair woes. If you own pets, you know that the fur is going to be on your clothes. You just have to grin and bear it and know that your love for your pets transcends your hate for the hair. If you have any other tips for keeping pet hair off of your clothes, I know our readers – and my wife and I – would LOVE to hear about them!