We all love our dogs and cats and every time they snuggle up next to us on the sofa, we love them even more. Cleaning the hair and fur they leave behind on the furniture is a small price to pay for the joy they bring us at that moment.
Unfortunately, when the hair starts to pile up, it penetrates into the fabric and becomes very difficult to remove.
Here are several methods you can use to remove the pet hair and some ways to avoid excess shedding.
Always refer to manufacturer care instructions for your furniture before attempting to clean. Some fabrics warrant extra care when cleaning is needed.
How to Clean Pet Hair Off of Furniture
Keep a Lint Roller Close By
You can use it to quickly pick up loose hairs before they penetrate deep into the fabric. Also, be sure to lint roll your clothing after hugging your pet to avoid spreading the hair to other parts of your house.
Wipe with Damp Rubber Gloves
Always check your furniture manufacturer care instructions before attempting to clean your sofa or chair but using damp rubber gloves can be a huge help in cleaning off pet hair. The technique won't pick up the hair, but it will help gather it to one spot for easy pick-up.
Rake with a Dry Rubber Shower Squeegee
This method is great for rugs and carpets. Again, always check the manufacturer's care instructions, but this method works similarly to the damp rubber glove method. The stubborn hair should pull out of the carpet and pile up, making for easy cleanup.
How to Prevent Pets from Shedding on Furniture
Your pet will love you and it will greatly reduce the number of loose hairs they are able to shed around the house.
Provide a Quality Diet
A pet's coat often reflects the diet they have been eating. Pets with poor diets will often shed more. Consult your vet to find the best dietary balance for your furry friend.
Regularly Bathe Your Pet
Some animals love to be bathed, but for most pets, it can be quite challenging. Bathing is one of the best ways to prevent shedding, as it soothes their skin and removes loose hairs at the same time. The more often you bathe your pet, the easier it will become as they learn it is nothing to be scared about.
If your Pet is Shedding Excessively, Take Them in for a Check-Up
Shedding can be a symptom of many ailments your pet is suffering from. Some common conditions that cause excessive shedding include sunburns, fleas/mites, infections, food-related allergies, and even pregnancy.
With all the joy that our pets bring us, the small amount of clean-up is worth it. Plus, if you stay up on your pet grooming and lightly clean your furniture regularly, your furniture will always look new, even when your pet joins you for your nightly, Netflix marathon.