Fall Fur Flurry or is it Furry?
The fall is upon us and so it seems are piles and piles of dog hair. I love my dog and I am grateful for her everyday but her fur seems to find every cranny of the house. Dog hair on the mantle? Really… now how did that get there.
If you have a hairy dog like me, you know most of the likely places dog hair likes to hide out. Here are some of my tricks to removing the fur flurry’s before you kick fido to the curb.
Five Ways to Remove Dog Hair
1. How to remove dog hair from couch
Okay I am guilty. This dog lounges on our couch and sometimes even takes up more space than the human sitting next to her. I know it is a bad habit but I just feel it’s one of the few pleasures in her life. (In all reality she’s just spoiled.)
If you made the crazy decision like me to get a fabric sofa than you know cleaning the couch of dog hair is a pain. The little hairs seem to weave themselves into the fabric of the couch. To help combat this as much as possible I place a protective blanket over the top so that I can easily remove it and toss it in the wash. How often you ask? Well I try to do it at least every two weeks.
Every few months I go the extra mile and take the pillow cases and cushion covers off and toss them in the wash under an allergy setting. To prevent the color from fading I make sure to use Nature Bright so I don’t fade the fabric. I also like to toss in a chemical free dryer sheet.
*The Secret Tip To Removing Dog Hair From Couch
To get all of the stubborn hairs off the couch take a rubber latex glove and stroke the couch. It’s kind of like petting your dog. The rubber collects the stray hairs and rolls them up into nice easy to pick up clumps. Genius I say, Genius!
2. How to remove dog hair from furniture
To remove dog hair from wooden furniture take a spray bottle with a non-toxic all purpose cleaner and give the furniture a spray. Follow up with a soft cloth to capture the hair. If time is not on your side, grab a dust brush and bop around the house giving your furniture a sweep. You can follow it up by vacuuming afterwards to capture the fallen hairs.
3. Remove dog hair from carpet
Make sure you have a good vacuum and double over areas with alternating directions. To limit the area where your dog lays on the carpet, think about getting a nice comfortable dog bed to entice him off of the carpet. To keep up with the hair on the carpet, I try to do my best to vacuum every week. Every few months or so I try to do a deep clean with the cleaning machines you can rent from the grocery store. I don’t like to use the toxic cleaners that come with the machine and instead make my own concoction with this all natural cleaner.
4. Remove dog hair from under the bed
Leverage is key. Our bedroom furniture is pretty darn heavy. Moving the bed is no easy task and not something I like to do often. To tackle dog hair under the bed I grab my sweeper with a flat microfiber pad attached to it and do a dry sweep under the bed. I will then follow it up with a dampened pad that has gotten a splash of an organic all purpose cleaner.
5.Remove dog hair from floors
Similar to my strategy of approaching the removal of dog hair from under the bed, I use the microfiber sweeper. I find that using the approach of dry and then a moist application makes the floors look cleaner and I don’t have to replace my microfiber pad as often. A best practice of course would be to brush your dog outside ever day to prevent the hairs and dander making it into your home. Now that I have a newborn, this wishful attempt is even more challenging.
Now if I can only find a way to get the dog clean the house.
What strange places have you found your dogs hair?