by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
I am a huge fan of fur. I love pets that have soft fur, and love to pet it. However, I hate the pet hair that seems to spread all over the house, all over my clothes, and all over my furniture. Shedding is actually one of my number one things I hate about cats and dogs because there's almost no avoiding it. No matter where you go, there seems to be pet hair and it can definitely drive you up the wall. There are a couple of ways though that you can avoid such things and keep your mind sane!
You can actually use liquid fabric softener to remove pet hair from your clothes, furniture, and carpet. When pets shed, the hair gets everywhere, and for a housekeeper, that can be super frustrating. There is a simple way though that you can reduce the amount of hair that floats around your house, settling on your clothes, furniture, and carpet. All you need is a bit of liquid fabric softener. Make up a solution of liquid fabric softener and water. Dilute the softener with the water and just pour it into a spray bottle. When you do your routine housecleaning, take the spray bottle with you, and whenever you come across a surface coated in pet hair, just spray a bit of the solution onto the fabric. Wait for a couple minutes until the solution is dry, and then vacuum or brush off the hair.
Another way you can remove the hair from your couch is to use the pet remover attachment that came with your vacuum. Chances are, your vacuum came with a pet hair remover, and it could be just the thing you're looking for. If you can, find that user's manual that came with your vacuum and peruse that for a minute, looking for that magical heading called the "Pet Hair Remover." Once you locate that page on the manual, you should then proceed to look for the actual piece. You probably didn't throw it away, so dig deep and look hard. Once you find the pet hair remover, read quickly on how to actually use it, and start vacuuming! You should move slowly along the couch or carpet with the pet hair remover to make sure you collect all the hair you can.
You can also try preventing the hair from getting on your furniture and clothes. Try stroking your pet with wet hands next time. Before you sit down to watch television and you know your pet will come up to cuddle, just get your hands a little wet. When you do stroke your pet, the water will actually help the loose hair on your pet stick to your hands. The water acts like a kind of hair magnet that will attract the hair to your hands rather than to your clothes, furniture, or carpet. When you are sitting there petting your pet, you might want to keep a bowl of water next to you so you can continue stoking and still dealing with the hair problem. Dip your hands in the water every time the water on your hands dries out, and continue petting. This will help the loose hair not get where you don't want it. The same idea works if you groom your pet with rubber gloves on, and you can use the rubber glove technique to collect hair as well; do this by sweeping your hand up and down the couch, and the hair will attach itself to your rubber glove.
As a pet owner though, you do need to accept the fact that even if you do take measures to minimize and clean up after shedding, if your pet is a shedding pet, that's something you'll have to deal with the entire time you have your pet. You may hate the shedding, but it is a part of having pets, and if that doesn't fly so well with you, then you should either look into buying a non-shedding pet (there are non-shedding dogs like poodles that make for great pets), or not having a pet at all. Shedding is just a part of pet ownership, and so you can't be upset when your dog or cat leaves hairs around the house.
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