Animals are awesome. They are also messy. They’re hairy, stinky, and they never stop to wipe their paws before entering a room. Talk about rude roommates. But never fear! I have answers for pet parents’ messiest questions.
Fur is literally everywhere I look.
Really Kayla? Literally?
It gets in the fridge! THERE ARE NO DOGS IN THE FRIDGE!!
But that’s not the point. The point is, dog hair feels like it’s everywhere I look. It’s like my house is wearing a fur coat. So what’s a pet parent to do?
You know that feeling when you’re walking on carpet and you don’t have enough friction? You’re barefoot, but it feels like you’re wearing socks? Yeah, that’s a sign that your carpet is nasty hairy. It’s okay. We’ve all been there. I’m here to help.
To get fur out of carpet and rugs, use a squeegee. Nothing fancy, just like the one you use on your windshield. You should be able to find one in the automobile section of your local Target, Walmart, etc. Just run the rubber end over your carpet and you’ll see the hair collect like fluffy little tumbleweeds. We do it before vacuuming, just so we can pick up any strays we miss when we remove the “Lana bunnies” by hand.
Getting the right vacuum can also do wonders for killing your carpet’s bad hair day. Personally, I go for vacuums with the word ‘pet’ in their title. Perhaps not the most scientific advice, but I’m a trusting consumer. All I know is for owners of fluffy dogs, cheap is not necessarily the best way to go.
You could prevent fur coverage on your furniture and car seats with seat covers. I use an old sheet on my bed and my couch, and I’ve purchased a special doggie car seat cover for my back seat. It has been invaluable to me, because it has withstood not just fur, but vomit and doggie poo as well. I can’t recommend one enough. I’ve seen them as low as $10 and as expensive as $80 (but come on, why pay 8 times as much?!).
Of course a good vacuum works on your floor and any lovely furniture you don’t want to cover with an ugly slip cover. But, if you want to de-fur your furniture and your car seats without a bulky, corded vacuum, I have another solution. Wrap duct tape around a paint roller, (or sponge, cloth, your fingers, etc.) with the sticky side out. Then use it as you would a very large DIY lint roller – since that’s what it is! (Shout out to familyhandyman.com for this tip!)
If your seat cover doesn’t stop every single hair, or if you don’t want to use one, you have more than one option. Another furniture de-fur-er? (I dare you to say that five times fast.) –Dampened rubber gloves (like dish washing gloves). Just rub them across the fabric to remove hair. Thanks to Buzzfeed and realsimple for this tip!
I know I’m not the only person with a white dog and a love of black clothes. Or vice versa. Of course, the easy answer to this problem is a good old fashioned lint roller. The cheapo way to do it? Wrapping some tape around your fingers and dabbing at the hairs. Super slow, but still better than nothing in a crunch! Another option is to run your clothes through the dryer. It’s not quite as thorough, but it’s fast and then you have nice, warm clothes. And who doesn’t love that?
What’s the easiest solution to all of these hairy situations? Prevention! De-shedding tools (like the FURminator) can decrease the amount of fur shed, if used daily. I have heard wonderful things about professional groomers, too, but I have to wait on a Groupon deal to tell you first hand. That’s what you get when you work part time.
*As you can see in the comments, Laura from For The Love Of Dogs also recommends a good diet to help prevent shedding!
Do you have any great tips for fighting unwanted pet fur? Share them here and I’ll add them to the list (and give you a shout out, of course)!