Friday, July 1, 2011

Pet Hair in your House, Tips to control it

Cats and dogs are nice around the home but they shed. Shedding cannot be eliminated from a home, but it can be reduced.

The first thing you can do is to try and reduce the amount of pet hair that sheds. Animals shed seasonally, and indoors animals may shed more because their systems can't detect changes in the seasons. Also, unexpected temperature swings may cause pet hair to shed and grow back more often. Daily brushing removes loose hair before it sheds and helps keep your pet's coat healthier. Bathing your dog also reduces loose hair.

However, some animals may have hair loss from reasons beyond seasonal changes. If your pet is shedding excessively, try changing their diet. If they are under stress, try alleviating the stress. There could also be medical reasons, so you might take them to your veterinarian to be checked.
To remove the hair that has shedded, you can use lint brushes and lint rollers to remove hair from clothing. Also, masking or packing tape wrapped around your hand or rolled into a ball can be used. Make sue the sticky side is out and rub it along the fabric grain.

For furniture, remove as much of the pet hair as possible by vacuuming it with the hose attachment of the vacuum cleaner. After vacuuming, put on rubber gloves and dip them in cold water. Shake your hands so that the gloves are damp but not dripping water. Then, wearing the dampened rubber gloves, run your hands across the furniture fabric in one direction. This should gather the pet hair together in a little roll that you can easily pick up and throw in the trash. Keep wiping all of the fabric in this manner until it is free of pet hair. For more information, visit our website at