If you love your pets but have just about had it with finding their hair everywhere—from the couch to the bed and even a hair or two with dinner—help is on the way! You can’t stop the shedding but there are a number of brilliant, inexpensive solutions for keeping a pet hair problem under beautiful control.
Here’s the deal: All mammals including humans shed some amount of hair every day. Even the non-shedding Sphynx cat and Poodle dogs who earn their reputation for being none-shedders are going to drop some amount of fuzz, fur, and fine hair. Keeping the problem under control is an ongoing proposition.
To quickly remove pet hair from upholstery or carpet, slip on a rubber glove and run it under the faucet so it is slightly damp (to quell the static electricity). Now, run it over the areas with pet hair and watch how the hair clings to the glove.
This is especially effective for crevices where vacuuming misses—like between sofa cushions and along the crevice where the carpeted floor meets up with the wall.
Prepare to be quite astonished by what a dampened rubber gloves will pull out of those crevices.
For quick pet hair pick-up jobs, sticky paper rollers work reasonably well with pet hair. But if you’re going to put out the effort, making sure you have the extra sticky option makes the task a lot easier and far more effective. So whether your fur baby has long hair or short strands, incorporating a lint roller into your cleaning routine can reduce the amount of airborne pet hair in your home and keep your clothes and furniture looking tidy in between deep cleans. This extra sticky paper roller option will give you the best outcome.
A pick-up roller, similar to a lint roller, is not going to rid your entire house and car of pet hair. But it will come to the rescue when you notice you have pet hair all over your handbag or socks. Or a throw pillow that’s covered in cat hair covered and company will be here any minute.
The operative feature of a handy pet hair lint roller is the nubby, prickly, fabric-like surface of the roller itself. We’ve seen this before on lint removers. But a decent pet hair roller moves it up a few notches.
This gadget is self-cleaning (and so tidy about it). Here’s how that works.
This paperless pick-up roller works similarly to the sticky paper rollers—but so much better because, well … no paper. No refills required. No batteries, either. Comes in several colors.
Here’s an idea: Christmas is right around the corner, and this cute roller would make a dandy stocking-stuffer!
Pet hair can be a somewhat different problem in a vehicle than in the house. Maneuvering a full-size pet hair vacuum in the back of an SUV isn’t going to work. Managing a carpet rake is equally unlikely. What’s more, automotive carpet is much different than typical residential carpet. Pet hair can get hopelessly stuck in a car’s interior. You can roll your heart out with a sticky paper lint roller and end up frustrated. And forget that weak car vacuum.
A pumice stone is an ideal solution for hopelessly “pet-haired” car carpet, seats, and maybe even the headliner. I know, how does pet hair get embedded in the ceiling of a car?!
Any pumice stone will do the job. This Pumice Valley pumice stone is well-priced, plus it has a handle and rope handle, which makes it easy to handle.
Running a pumice stone over these areas is going to be an eye-opening task. That pumice, being stronger than the tough carpet harboring the pet hair, will literally drag that hair and fur from the car’s surfaces. A quick treatment with a damp rubber glove to get into the cracks and crevices will complete the job!
This is pure genius. The FURemover is a rubber carpet rake/squeegee combo that makes quick and easy work of picking up pet hair—from carpet and hard flooring.
To remove all that pet hair that has become hopelessly embedded in the carpet which is quite possibly not visible, use the rake side with short quick strokes. You are going to be bug-eyed when you see what you pull out of the carpet. Don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret.
Use the squeegee side on hardwood, tile, and other hard-surface floorings. The natural rubber attracts pet hair like a magnet.
The FURemover has a telescopic handle that easily adjusts from 36 to 60 inches. And that rubber cleans up easily using soapy water.
I put this Hoover ONEPWR Evolve Pet Cordless vacuum in the “stick vac” category. It’s the current version of our favorite Hoover Linx. I have both, even though we have no pets. It picks up human hair like a champ! This Evolve version has very strong suction, 3 options (hard floor, carpet, and suction only. Weighs less than 9 lbs when you lift it; feels like 2 lbs when you recline it and start vacuuming. Really lightweight with excellent run time. Ratings and reviews from pet owners are exceptional. For the money, this would be my #1 go-to for keeping pet hair at bay.
This vacuum is so easy to use because it is lightweight (did I already say that?), using it is effortless, but very very effective. The only downside I see is that it is noisier than it’s Hoover Linx cousin. But really, who cares, if this is going to keep the pet hair problem under control on a daily basis (it definitely will)?
Frequent vacuuming is the most reasonable way to pick up pet hair from large areas. But even our favorite Shark Navigator Pro Lift-Away vacuum can’t guarantee that it will remove all pet hair from the carpet. That’s because, by its nature, a typical vacuum rolls over the carpet creating static electricity. That can make the pet hair dig down and hold on tightly to the carpet fibers before the vacuum makes a return pickup pass.
When this happens every time you vacuum, it may appear that the vacuum got it all, but don’t count on it.
The Shark Navigator Zero-M Pet Pro is quite ingenious in that it has a “self-cleaning” brush roll that delivers nonstop hair removal. I’ve had this machine for more than a year and use it quite regularly. It really does pick up hair before it can get beat into the carpet. I do own this vacuum (I do have quite a stable of vacuums!) and it’s my go-to option when I want to super deep-clean carpet, especially the one at the front door entry.
If you have multiple pets and a super-challenging problem, you might consider investing in this vacuum. However, before you do, consider other less expensive ways you can control by removing—not burying—the pet hair problem. Like a carpet rake.
First published: 9-9-20; Revised & Updated 9-27-21
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